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During a recent interview with The Times in the United Kingdom, Michael Sheen ruffled some feathers when it appeared he had announced his exit from Hollywood to go into politics. In particular, the actor said he was committed to fighting the "hard populist right" and "demagogic, fascistic" viewpoints, starting with his hometown of Port Talbot in Wales.

Outlining his intentions, Sheen admitted that:

"It means that I would work less as an actor, and possibly stop [...] certainly for the time being. It’s not going to look like this in 10 years’ time. Everything has shifted. The dice are being rolled again.”

With an eye on Trump's election as the President of the United States, claimed:

"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.”

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However, following the publication of the article in The Times, and some outrage from fans on the side, the actor appeared to have changed his tune. Taking to Tumblr on December 17, Sheen posted an explanation titled "What I Did Not Say" where he declared that he has no desire to leave Hollywood to go into politics. Instead, he cleared things up with the following:

"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."

He added:

"I certainly did NOT equate people who voted for Brexit or Trump with a fascistic 'hard right’ that must be stopped. 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."

Read the full Tumblr post below:

As for whether he'll be fully retracting his face from any future Hollywood blockbusters, he said that, generally speaking, as with most things in life, the longevity of his career is also up in the air:

So there you have it. Sheen isn't heading for hardcore political activism anytime soon, although — quite frankly — his very valid opinions about the current state of our troubled world certainly deserve our attention.

Would you want to see Michael Sheen go into politics?

(Source: The Times)


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