Michael Sheen will be a heavy cinematic presence over the next year with appearances in multiple blockbuster films. He’s managed to land roles in the long awaited Tron sequel, the vampire phenomenon New Moon, and the Gothic reimagining of Alice in Wonderland. With so many projects of interest on his plate, the actor had to give us the scoop on what’s been going on. We were lucky enough to get Sheen to cough up a few updates regarding his roles in the big three, and we even got a little Underworld 4 juice out of the deal.
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Here are the highlights from our conversation with Michael Sheen. Follow the headings to see what he said about your favorite upcoming film.
It is really easy to feel lost funny enough, which is a big part about why I did those parts — I mean, I was a huge fan of the Tron film and supernatural and science-fiction sort of stuff – but also because the characters in them are just so different and in some ways I’m able to lose myself more than I am in these real life people. I certainly look very different.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon:
I was mainly excited about it because I knew that I would make my daughter very happy. Upfront, that was the main reason I was excited and then I read the books and I really enjoyed the book – I didn’t think I was going to. And then I was thinking that people would think, that’s the guy who played the werewolf in Underworld. But it didn’t seem to be like that. When I went to do it I just sort of relished the opportunity and now I’m just excited to have a whole new generation of people I can scare!
On relating to the Twilight audience..
I know that as soon as I appear on camera my first job is to make the audience comfortable that I’m playing someone that they’re familiar with, then they can forget about that and just go on the journey with the character. So in order to make them comfortable that’s a sort of balancing act.
I know what you’re expecting and what you want to see, so I’m going to give you some of that, but I’m also going to give you something you don’t expect to see. It’s similar in a way with something like Twilight, because there’ so much expectation again, they’re people’s ideas of characters from the book and what the expect and want to see, and you want to surprise them but you also want to reassure them. There’s a balance between the two. Playing with audience expectations.
On how he found his inner White Rabbit for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland…
Everyone has an inner white fluffy animal inside of them, it’s just a question of finding where it’s been hiding before it’s too late. It’s such an iconic character, I didn’t feel like I should break the mold too much. I just sort of went with it. It’s a great character and a great story.
On the difference between the traditional Alice and Burton’s take on the story…
As a sort of cultural iconography you’re sort of treading that path, but Tim’s version is not the original version. It’s everything you would want in an Alice In Wonderland but it’s sort of off kilter as Tim Burton is one to do. So it’s not like I was doing exactly the same as the one before.
Last, but not least Underworld 4…
No, nobody’s spoken to me about it. I heard rumors from someone saying that there could be a fourth film but nobody’s actually contacted me about it.
This news may have not completely knocked your socks off, but Sheen did give us something. The first film out of this bunch to be released will be New Moon, which will hit theaters on November 20th. It will be followed by Alice in Wonderland on March 5, 2010, and Tron Legacy on December 17, 2010.
What do you think about Sheen’s involvement in these films? Which are you the most excited to see?