Jonathan Rhys Meyers says alcohol “doesn’t suit” him

Vikings and The Tudors actor speaks out after being detained at an airport

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has spoken about an incident that saw him detained at Los Angeles’ LAX Airport.

As Digital Spy reports, the Vikings and The Tudors actor was held at the airport on July 8 after a mid-flight disturbance involving alcohol.

Speaking on Larry King Now on Wednesday (July 18), Meyers said that drinkingdoesn’t suit me”. He added that the incident was a “mistake”.



“My wife [Mara Lane] and I had been travelling since 3 o’clock in the morning from Peru back to Los Angeles. And they gave away our tickets – it was just a problem with the airline,” he said.

“We had our baby [son Wolf], who was teething at the time, and it was all kind of frustrating. So we eventually got on the flight and my wife went to sleep and I very stupidly decided to order a drink.

He continued, “When my wife found that I’d ordered a drink, she got very, very angry with me because I shouldn’t drink. It doesn’t suit me and I had been sober for a long time.”

The actor said that the incident has given him the opportunity to “learn my lesson”.


Lane also apologised on her husband’s behalf at the time, saying that his behaviour was “out of his character”.

Meyers joined the cast of Vikings for season five of the historical drama.

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