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Michael Sheen in The Big Issue

A black and white portrait of Michael Sheen with long curly hair and a big beard, looking to his left with an arch expression.
Michael Sheen Photo: Camera Press / Andy Gotts

Michael Sheen was interviewed by Jane Graham for The Big Issue’s Letter To My Younger Self feature.

Michael talks about being in youth theatre as a teenager, his family in Port Talbot, wanting to do something to give back with the platform and money that he has, how The Passion of Port Talbot project was an awakening for him, how he ended up selling his houses to fund the Homeless World Cup, wishing he could talk to his friend Stephen from when he was growing up, and the moment he would like to go back and live again.

“I’ve realised in the last few years that I want to be one of those people who help other people the way so many people helped me. I don’t want to just be someone who enjoys the fruits of what other people have done and then pull the drawbridge up and go, well I’m alright Jack, I’ve had a nice time. I’m at the stage of my life and career where I have a window of opportunity that will probably never be this good again. I’m able to get people in a room, I can open doors. I don’t want to look back and think, I could have done something with that platform. I could have done something with that money.”


The Big Issue – Michael Sheen: ‘I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor’ (05-12-2021)

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