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Dec 17 2016
FROST/NIXON, PASSENGERS Star Michael Sheen Is Leaving Acting For Political Activism Comments (0)

Passengers-4gifSheen as seen in Passengers (GIF via Columbia)

All the more reason to admire Michael Sheen, a gifted actor who — bothered by the rightward shift in the U.S. and Europe — has decided to become a grassroots political activist in his homeland of Wales.

Via Huffington Post:

The Frost/Nixon actor has been active in politics throughout his career, but apparently the rise of far-right populism in both the United States and the United Kingdom inspired him to fully commit to fight against “demagogic, fascistic” agendas. He cited Donald Trump’s presidential victory and the results of the Brexit vote as reasons for abandoning 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.”

After living in Los Angeles for the past 14 years, Sheen plans to spend the foreseeable future in his hometown of Port Talbot in South Wales, which Rolling Stone notes voted in favor of leaving the European Union, to organize on a grassroots level.

“It will be a big change for how people relate to me,” he explained. “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.”

Great spirit. I wish him well.