Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Michael Sheen Takes on Challenging Role

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Michael Sheen Takes on Challenging Role

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THREE-time BAFTA nominee Michael Sheen has gained a prominent place among the talented new generation of British actors, equally accomplished on stage and screen.

Among his acclaimed performances are The Queen, Music Within, and the television dramas Kenneth Williams: Fantabulous! and Dirty Filthy Love.

Sheen re-creates the role of David Frost, which he originated on stage in London and Broadway, opposite Frank Langella's Richard Nixon for the film version of the historic series of TV interviews between Frost and Nixon.

Q: What did you think of the film Frost/Nixon when you finally saw it for the first time?

A: It is always weird seeing something you do for the first time but I was very engaged by it.

Q: You have lived with David Frost for the best part of two years, first in the stage play and now in the film Frost/Nixon , so does it now feel like you're letting go?

A: Well that has already happened because we wrapped the film about a year ago. Once all this publicity ends it will be peculiar to let go of it. To think, "well that's it, that's the end of that journey". When we were doing the play [ Frost/Nixon ] in London's West End, Sir David Frost interviewed me for Al Jazeera TV and I said to him, "I have to be you eight times a week and I'm going to be you for another year or more." I remember him saying something like, "That's funny, because so am I" [mimicking Sir David Frost's voice]. So he has to be him all the time, I only have to be him for a relatively short period.

Q: In the film it says that David Frost defined the age that we live in. Do you think that is an accurate statement?

A: He was the first TV star in Britain. If you talk about that era as being the television era, then I suppose that in some ways he does define the age we live in. There is an idea of television being a mixture of low-brow, high-brow, politics, entertainment and all that stuff. That is one of the things that I guess some people don't like about him, or find frustrating about him, that he cannot be pigeon-holed. …

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