Michael Sheen Exclusive Video Interview

     October 29, 2008

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

The other night I was able to interview a bunch of people on the red carpet of the Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills and the interview below is with Michael Sheen.

As one of the stars of “Frost/Nixon” and “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”, you could say Michael’s been busy. But when I spoke to him on the carpet, he also revealed that he just finished a movie called “The Damned United” and was about to start up on a film called “Unthinkable” opposite Samuel L. Jackson. I think it’s safe to say this guy likes to work.

Thankfully, I’m a big fan of Michael’s and think by next year a lot more people are going to know who he is…especially because the buzz on his performance in Frost/Nixon is really good.

If you aren’t familiar with Frost/Nixon….

Director Ron Howard brings to the screen writer Peter Morgan’s (“The Queen,” “The Last King of Scotland”) electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the untold story of the historic encounter that changed both: “Frost/Nixon.” Reprising their roles from Morgan’s stageplay are Frank Langella, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Nixon, and Michael Sheen, who fully inhabited the part of Frost onstage in London and New York.

For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans.

Likewise, Frost’s team harbored doubts about their boss’ ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation’s greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who’d built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity–ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth.

“Frost/Nixon” not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed…all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.

Anyway, here’s the interview with Michael. He tells some interesting stories about the making of Frost/Nixon….

Michael Sheen

  • Frost/Nixon talk – he explains how quickly it all came together
  • He also talks about how the hotel we were at was where the actual interviews took place
  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans talk
  • The Damned United talk
  • Unthinkable talk – says he is about to spend 3 weeks getting tortured by Samuel L. Jackson – says the film is about using torture to exact information about terrorist suspects…says it’s an original script
  • I ask him what is his favorite Sam Jacksonfilm is

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