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January 29, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | January 29, 2009 |

This man crush just snuck up on me, out of nowhere. I liked Michael Sheen as David Frost in Frost/Nixon. He was, in a word, fantastic; it’s kind of a shame his name never even entered the awards conversations. He also played Tony Blair in The Queen, and he’s apparently been in nearly everything made over in the UK for the last five years (I haven’t seen Bright Young Things yet, but I will, soon). And then, over the weekend, he popped up in Rise of the Lycans, which allowed me to put the dots together a little on his relatively short career so far. And you know what? Dude is fucking versatile. And it’s not like he’s the same guy playing different characters — he looks similar in most of his roles (save for Underworld), but he inhabits those characters so well that he’s nearly unrecognizable from one role to the next.

In short: Michael Sheen fucking rules. He’s kind of like the British version of Downey, Jr., and I look forward to having the guy around for a while. He’s got four movies in various stages of production now. Among them, he’ll play the Cheshire Cat in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and opposite Sam Jackson in an FBI thriller, Unthinkable. Next up is The Damned United, set to hit theaters in the UK in March. I have no idea if this movie will ever make it stateside — it’s about soccer, and Americans (myself among them) have no interest in soccer. But I’d watch the hell out of The Damned United. Like both Frost/Nixon and The Queen, it’s a historical piece, and like both of them, it was written by Peter Morgan. In it, Sheen plays Brian Clough, apparently one of the greatest soccer managers in the history of England. The movie only focuses on the 44 days he coached Leeds United, after which he was fired. Apparently, he hated the city and its players.

Anyway, here’s the trailer; those of you in the UK have probably already seen it, since it debuted before the FA Cup last week. Here in the U.S., we can only dream about some day seeing it, probably on DVD. But the trailer sure does make me appreciate the hell out of Sheen.

And just for comparisons sake, for those who haven’t seen Rise of the Lycans, or won’t see it, just check out the trailer for Sheen. Pure goodliness.

I Think I Just Worked Up Another Man Crush / Dustin Rowles

Trailers | January 29, 2009 |

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