Actor Michael Sheen has announced he will become a political activist ― and take less acting roles.
The 47-year-old actor has been active in politics throughout his career. However with the rise in populism in both the United States and the United Kingdom, he now fully wants to commit to fight against “demagogues” and “fascists.” He cited Donald Trump’s presidential victory and the results of the Brexit vote as some of the reasons for leaving Hollywood.
“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,” he told The Times. “It’s not going to look like this in 10 years’ time. Everything has shifted. The dice are being rolled again.”
Before this gets ridiculous I said I'm thinking I might start acting less and maybe even stop for a while at some point but don't know yet.
— michael sheen (@michaelsheen) December 17, 2016
Sheen has been living in Los Angeles for the past 14 years but plans on moving to
Port Talbot in South Wales, which he says voted in favor of leaving the European Union.
He says the small town will helps him start on the grassroots level.
“It will be a big change for how people relate to me,” he explained to The Times. “Once I’m in, I’m fully in, and this is big. As soon as you start to be effective, then people try to crush you, because it’s dangerous.”
After announcing his plans to enter politics l, Sheen shared a quote from former President Ronald Reagan.
“Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction….It must be fought for, protected, and handed on….” he wrote.
Sheen’s latest film Passengers opens December 21 across the country.