He's had many an unkind comment about his looks when set against the radiant beauty of girlfriend Sienna Miller.
But Rhys Ifans seems likely to have the last laugh because psychologists reckon that happier marriages result from attractive women who wed uglier men.
The Tennessee team tested 82 newly-wed couples for facial attractiveness and the quality of their marriage.
Their results, in the Journal of Family Psychology, suggested most men who married attractive women were happy to bask in the glory of their partner's beauty. But Professor Jim Mc Nulty reported: "Men who were more attractive than their partner demonstrated a tendency to offer less emotional and practical support to their wives." He said "evolutionary perspectives" offered an explanation.
They stayed together for a year but eventually he gave up trying to convince her that everything was ok as it was too hard and stressful and they went back to being friends.