Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Twilight Volturi Michael Sheen Enjoys Non-Lead Aro in New Moon


In these current Twilight times, one of the best roles an actor can land is a character in one of the Stephenie Meyer based Twilight Saga films. Recently cast Twilight actor, Michael Sheen, who’s no stranger to the world of vampires and werewolves, snagged one of the biggest New Moon vampire roles in the Twilight series, Aro, the Volturi covenant leader.

After starring in all three Underworld movies as the werewolf leader, Lucian, Michael Sheen brings his acting game to the New Moon worlds of both vampire and lycan. In transition from the legacy of hairy, four-legged shape-shifter to the manicured New Moon vampire leader, Aro, Sheen recently sat down with Empire magazine to talk about The Twilight Saga and his part in New Moon.

As Sheen revealed in the Twilight interview, Michael isn’t stealing any limelight away from the three main characters, Edward, Bella, and Jacob, played by Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner respectively, and the former Frost/Nixon actor enjoyed playing a non-lead role with Aro. As Michael Sheen told Empire, "It was nice to go in and not be playing the main part, just go in for a few days and play this really really extraordinary character. I remember I was thinking, 'Oh, there's a bit of a Child Catcher here [from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang]; bit of the Blue Meanie from The Yellow Submarine; bit of Olivier from Richard III. There was a bit of all kinds of stuff.'"

Since Michael Sheen isn’t the only new addition to the Twilight - New Moon set, the man Twilight fans will see as Aro also gave his thoughts on New Moon director, Chris Weitz. "It was great to work with Chris Weitz; it was a really funny set, really relaxed. We had a lot of things in common, and hopefully we're going to work together again soon doing something. That might be the thing that I direct, I don’t know yet, you never know.'"

Now that Sheen’s time on the New Moon set is over, we’ll have to wait and see what Sheen brings to The Twilight Saga. For the full interview with New Moon Volturi, Michael Sheen, head this way to the full Empire interview.

New Moon and Michael Sheen hit theaters on November 20, 2009.


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