To most teenagers, Michael Sheen isn’t Michael Sheen. He’s Aro, the scary, evil, slightly demented vampire from Twilight. Sheen’s character is the wicked leader of the Volturi tribe of immortals, and possibly the most hated person in Stephenie Meyer‘s books. At the Breaking Dawn Part 2 press conference, Sheen talked about playing the antagonist, and working with a younger generation of actors.
Despite being a villain, Sheen admitted to playing his role with a bit of comedy. To him, Aro is more of a “sentimental old fool” who enjoys watching the young vampires have fun, and then likes to kill them. He also talked about the research he did to prepare for the role.
Michael Sheen: Fortunately, I didn’t have to do a huge amount of research on vampires because I really love those films, anyway. I just recently had the chance to meet Willem Dafoe, who did the film Shadow of the Vampire, where he played Max Schreck. He’s great in that. And I love Gary Oldman in [Francis Ford] Coppola’s Dracula. I love that kind of look and what he did with it. And Frank Langella played Dracula, as well.
The actor also spoke about Twilight fame. He felt that he was able to see the phenomenon as an insider and outsider because younger fans don’t recognize him as much as Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. But he mentioned that if he had the chance, he would’ve gone to therapy before jumping into the franchise. He just wasn’t prepared to work with some of the “most attractive young people” in the world.
Sheen, who’s well-known for playing Tony Blair in The Deal, was asked to compare Aro to the former UK prime minister.
Michael Sheen: Well, one is a slightly self-delusional psychopath, and the other one is Aro. Funnily enough there was one moment when I realized Aro is trying to convince all the other vampires about what they should do about this child, and he’s trying to persuade them while he’s being so disingenuous and laying it on quite thick and sounding reasonable when, in fact, he wants to cause havoc and mayhem… I noticed that I instinctively started using some of Blair’s hand gestures, which is quite funny. They were both in positions of power. But, I think Aro has an insanity, the depth of which goes way beyond Tony Blair.
The actor, who has a great sense of humor, discussed some of his prospective projects, including one with Tina Fey. He’s playing Fey’s “British bonkers boyfriend” (once again) in Admission, set to be released early next year. Sheen then proceeded to make fun of his own mustache, which, in case you’re wondering, isn’t for a role.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens in theaters November 16th.
Are you excited for Breaking Dawn Part 2?