In an interview published in The Times of London on Saturday, Michael Sheen said he will stop acting “for the time being” in order to focus completely on fighting the “demagogic, fascistic” politics that have been winning elections throughout the Western world. Sheen cited Trump’s election victory and the Brexit vote as part of his motivation for leaving Hollywood.
“It will be a big change for how people relate to me,” Sheen told the Times. “Once I’m in, I’m fully in, and this is big. As soon as you start to be effective, then people try to crush you, because it’s dangerous.”
The Frost/Nixon actor told the Times he plans to return to his hometown of Port Talbot, Wales and dedicate himself to organizing on a grassroots level. “In the same way as the Nazis had to be stopped in Germany in the ‘30s, this thing that is on the rise has to be stopped,” Sheen said. “It’s not going to look like this in 10 years’ time. Everything has shifted. The dice are being rolled again.”
Or....maybe not? A few hours after the interview was published, Sheen walked back his remarks a lot:
But he’s still a pretty radical dude, right?