Michael Sheen is versatile.
Michael Sheen is believable.
Michael Sheen is sharp.
Michael Sheen is gifted.
Michael Sheen is charismatic.
Simply put, Michael Sheen is incredible.
The other day on television, I stumbled upon what seemed to be a Michael Sheen lineup. It consisted of Unthinkable, The Damned United, and The Queen, and all I could think was, "Are you kidding me? This guy is amazing!" Just seeing his ability to transform from one completely different character to the next was absolutely outstanding. Every time I see Michael Sheen in a film, he is always playing a different character, but always totally believable. Sometimes I even forget that it is Michael Sheen acting, he is that transformed and talented.
If there is one thing I think an actor should be able to do, it's perform in any role given to them, and frankly, Michael Sheen has mastered that. To put it simply, the man is a chameleon, that can absorb perfectly into any character:
A spunky, quick-talking soccer coach? Check.
A deranged terrorist? Check.
British Prime Minister, Tony Blair (3 times!)? Check.
A tough, rugged Lycan (wereworlf)? Check.
A aristocratic vampire? Check.
Serious journalist, David Frost? Check.
A flamboyant, futuristic club owner? Check.
Sure, some actors take on a lot of similar roles because they are just really good at playing that character. But isn't it fun to see someone step outside of where they are comfortable, and become someone so different from who they really are?
I think someone's ability to do this is a testament to hard work, skill, and also a good career choice, because who wants to be pigeon-holed for the rest of their lives, doing the same thing over and over? Because of this, I doubt that Michael Sheen will ever have a lack of work as an actor; being able to adapt to the new stereotypes and evolving characters throughout changing history is one of the strongest assets an actor can have to continue on in the business for years and possibly generations.
Aside from all of this, Michael Sheen also seems to present himself in a pleasant, sprightly manner in public. Is it some of that Welsh charm? Possibly, but he also just always seems to have a smile on his face (as far as I have noticed, at least). I'm pretty sure if I was a bit older... Well, I'm sure you can fill in the blanks. As wrong as it is.
Wait, did you just say that you don't really like Michael Sheen? Well in that case, you have to leave. (That's almost as bad as when my cousin said he wanted James Franco to win the Academy Award this year because he "doesn't really like Colin Firth." Needless to say, he was banished to the other room. But that's another story...)
Now, where were we? Ah, yes:
Michael Sheen is scintillating.
Michael Sheen is dashing.
Michael Sheen is altogether a bundle of goodness.
I know, these weird praising posts of mine are strange and over the top, but where else am I supposed to spread the love?
For the Love of Michael Sheen: I Salute You
(And I'm sure he does as well... At least I would like to think he does.)
Currently look for Michael Sheen in Midnight in Paris (out now) and Beautiful Boy (limited June release).