Michael Sheen carries off the life of Kenneth Williams

Michael Sheen plays comedian and actor Kenneth Williams in this film that was adapted from Williams’ diaries and originally shown on BBC Four.

In this article, Michael discusses how he lost weight to play the role and becoming obsessed with Kenneth Williams while preparing for the film.

So why was Williams unable to take comfort from the public adulation? Sheen reveals: “There is this haunting entry in his diary, where Kenneth writes: ‘How can anyone know how much I wanted love? But I was afraid of it, so I laughed at it or was cruel or spurned it.’ That’s terribly sad, isn’t it? It’s that plea for love that we’re dramatising in Fantabulosa.” (The title comes from the word that Williams would use in rare moments of joy – usually when in the spotlight).

The Independent – Michael Sheen carries off the life of Kenneth Williams (02-04-2009)