Michael Sheen clarifies his comments on quitting acting
The profile was published on Saturday and quoted the actor as saying his new passion for political activism “means that I would work less as an actor, and possibly stop.” He was also quoted as saying he’d stop acting “certainly for the time being.”
“I DID NOT declare that I’m ‘quitting acting and leaving Hollywood’ to go into politics,” Sheen wrote in a Tumblr post. “In the actual original interview I said I have become more involved with community issues back at home over the last few years and because of the political situation it’s something I would like to focus on more. The interviewer asked me what that meant for my career and I said it might mean I work less as an actor and maybe even stop for a while AT SOME POINT. But I don’t really know yet.”
Sheen also addressed other sections of the profile where he was quoted as saying he has the desire to fight the “hard populist right” and “demagogic, fascistic” politics. “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. But it has to be understood before it can be stopped,” he said.
“I certainly did NOT equate people who voted for Brexit or Trump with a fascistic ‘hard right’ that must be stopped,” Sheen wrote in the post. “The majority of people in the U.K., including my hometown of Port Talbot, voted for Brexit. That is the will of the people and is to be respected. That is democracy. Given the concerns around the economy in the area I come from and its industrial history I totally empathise with the dissatisfaction with the status quo that the vote was partially an expression of.”
He continued, “What I think must be resisted is the re-emerging spectre of fascism in the West. Our democracy must be defended and each of us needs to decide how we can contribute to that effort.”