By Mandi Bierly
June 03, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Oh, we know Michael Sheen, who plays Aro, in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, is having a bit of a laugh in his new interview with Empire, which is why this first quote is so great: “It was quite intimidating being on the set with so many young, beautiful people. That was quite extraordinary being the old, ugly one amongst loads of young, beautiful ones. It’s not something I’m used to really. Not because I’m young and beautiful but usually there’s loads of old, ugly people around me. It was quite encouraging to see how Robert and Kristen are committed to it, how much they put into it and how serious they are about it. They don’t take it lightly at all so that was great to see.”

What’s even better, however: reading how seriously Sheen, who’s best known for starring in The Queen opposite Helen Mirren and Frost/Nixon opposite Frank Langella, took his role as the leader of the Volturi. This quote might explain why director Chris Weitz pursued him so aggressively: “It was nice to go in and not be playing the main part, just go in for a few days and play this really really extraordinary character. I remember I was thinking, ‘Oh, there’s a bit of a Child Catcher here [from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang]; bit of the Blue Meanie from Yellow Submarine; bit of Olivier from Richard III. There was a bit of all kinds of stuff.” Not quite as inspired as Johnny Depp’s Keith Richards take on Pirates of the Caribbean‘s Capt. Jack Sparrow, but sounds promising, yes?

More on ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’:
‘New Moon’ gallery: 35 pics from the set
‘New Moon’ trailer debuts: And we remind you Taylor Lautner is only 17
EW’s ‘Twilight’ HQ

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