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A collection of famous quotes by Michael Sheen on life, struggle, style, character, acting, death, existence and ability.

73 Michael Sheen Quotes

Quick Facts

Famous As: Actor

Born On: February 5, 1969

Born In: Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom

The versatile Welsh actor Martin Sheen has been active in the industry since 1991 and has accumulated an impressive résumé filled with television, film, and stage works. He is incredibly passionate about his craft, as well as other aspects of creating a project. He is very close to his family, most of whom are natural performers. His life has changed since he has become a father. He could not care less about fashion but has developed his own unique and scruffy sense of style. Here is a collection of famous quotes by Michael Sheen on life, struggle, style, character, acting, death, existence and ability.

Stories have always been the things that entertain me and make me feel happy and sad and move me and give me the experience of being able to live many lives in one lifetime. It's the best thing about being alive.

Michael Sheen

When I was at drama school, I wanted to change the world, and thought I had some great wisdom to impart to people about humanity. Now that I'm older, I know enough to realise that I know nothing at all.

Michael Sheen

Getting older is a struggle. I always feel that just under the surface of acceptance and enjoyment of the ageing process is a terrible hysteria just waiting to burst out.

Michael Sheen

Although my family - parents and sister - all work in the personnel management business, their real passion is performing, amateur operatic societies and so on.

Michael Sheen

My dad is a Jack Nicholson lookalike and a frustrated performer, my mother's into reading and poetry. I suppose the thing I owe them most is my confidence.

Michael Sheen

By the time you are 30 you are still trying to make your 15-year-old self happy but you are a different person. You need to be brave and let go of that.

Michael Sheen

My chief gifts are - naturally good at all sports with a raw talent for pretty much everything, which if nurtured could develop into improper talent.

Michael Sheen

When you come to actually act, it's a game. It may be a very serious game, but it's still a game. If you lose that sense of play, the work suffers.

Michael Sheen

A parent can seem very kind and gentle, but as any child knows, as soon as that parent gets stressed, they can suddenly turn and get a bit angry.

Michael Sheen

We live in a bubble of the fantasy of death, but the reality of it is something that we obviously all face and have to deal with, at some point.

Michael Sheen

As a general thing, I've always been drawn to characters who appear to be one thing on the surface, but are actually something else underneath.

Michael Sheen

With vampires, there is such a great tradition that you suddenly find yourself a part of. Each generation reinvents what that means to them.

Michael Sheen

Acting itself is quite scary. Some people say that actors are show-offs, very egotistical and all that kind of stuff, but it is quite scary.

Michael Sheen

I love being able to play as many different characters, in as many different worlds as I possibly can. That's what I really enjoy.

Michael Sheen

I think the story of 'Alice in Wonderland' in a way is a reminder that life is frightening, it can shift on you at any moment.

Michael Sheen

No matter how difficult things are, and no matter how much grief and loss there is, you can turn it into something positive.

Michael Sheen

It's funny the more technological advanced everything gets, the more like acting in your bedroom when you're a kid it is.

Michael Sheen

I try not to pay any attention to clothes fascism and I'd rather be thought of as someone who has his own sense of style.

Michael Sheen

I perceive and relate to the world through where I grew up; that's part of me. It's what I judge everything else against.

Michael Sheen

I think when you work on a Woody Allen film the actors become a real company, probably more than on any other film.

Michael Sheen

A lot of the times when I've auditioned for parts in America, the answer is, 'Sorry, we need a bigger name.'

Michael Sheen

My taste in watching things runs from dramas and low-budget films to high-end fantasy/science fiction.

Michael Sheen

I suppose I've got a reputation for playing quite extreme characters and making them quite believable.

Michael Sheen

I'm a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy - not so much horror because I get a bit scared.

Michael Sheen

I think the best acting is when you allow yourself to be kind of vulnerable in the moment.

Michael Sheen

I enjoy doing things that involve research because it's part of what I enjoy about acting.

Michael Sheen

My tragedy is that all I want is a dog, and yet I have been cursed with cats all my life.

Michael Sheen

It's interesting that in searching for monsters to play you often end up playing leaders.

Michael Sheen

You don't want to get into doing the same thing, over and over again. I know I don't.

Michael Sheen

Change the scheme! Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls, if you'd be so kind.

Michael Sheen

What's enjoyable for me, as an actor, is to do as many different things as possible.

Michael Sheen

I'm a big fan of vampire movies generally and that sort of tradition of characters.

Michael Sheen

For me, what makes life enjoyable is having a shared culture and shared references.

Michael Sheen

When you look at all the miracles attributed to Jesus, they're all about change.

Michael Sheen

I don't want to do something that I've done before; I can't see the point of it.

Michael Sheen

My rule of thumb is that I want to do things I'd like to go and see myself.

Michael Sheen

I don't find the life in Hollywood all that meaningful or inspiring.

Michael Sheen

My own daughter is a big fan of the 'Twilight' stories, the books.

Michael Sheen

I am prone to get carried away thinking about creative projects.

Michael Sheen

I have a daughter, and fairies meant a lot to her growing up.

Michael Sheen

I would like to be taller, thinner and more rakish looking.

Michael Sheen

Hopefully, any character I play has an anchor in reality.

Michael Sheen

While I enjoy spending time in L.A., Britain is my home.

Michael Sheen

Americans are much more open than people in Britain.

Michael Sheen

I was obsessed with football when I was growing up.

Michael Sheen

I love watching Jeff Bridges act. He's brilliant.

Michael Sheen

I suppose I'm something of an eccentric dresser.

Michael Sheen

I've always loved animation and animated films.

Michael Sheen

I live a very Kenneth Williams-like existence.

Michael Sheen

I don't do the whole L.A. nightlife thing.

Michael Sheen

I'm not a Tony Blair impersonator.

Michael Sheen

We see death constantly on film.

Michael Sheen

Everyone deserves compassion.

Michael Sheen

I can be a lazy dresser.

Michael Sheen

The more you think that you are watching a show about sex, the more you ultimately are watching a show about the challenges of just connecting with human beings and being intimate.

Michael Sheen

I think I'm becoming more relaxed in front of a camera. I suppose I'll always feel slightly more at home on stage. It's more of an actor's medium. You are your own editor, nobody else is choosing what is being seen of you.

Michael Sheen

So, if they're coming in and having to do scenes that involve nudity or sexuality, in some way, the utmost important thing is that everyone feels comfortable and safe. If there's any gray area, that's going to be a problem.

Michael Sheen

On the one hand Twitter gives you the opportunity to engage with people, which is great, but on the other there are people who feel they can say whatever they want, put poison out there, really, without fear of any repercussions.

Michael Sheen

I think parenthood is a wonderful balancing act. On the one hand, you want to spend as much time with your children as possible. On the other hand, you want to set an example for them to see that you're fulfilled in your life and in your work.

Michael Sheen

In terms of how prudish Americans were in the '40s and '50s, I have absolutely no idea. I do know about the character that I play. And I don't think it's about being prudish. I think it's about trying to balance a sense of control in this man's life.

Michael Sheen

Having said that, what I think we found, in doing the show, and in life, generally, is that the more you try to separate sex from everything else, it's impossible. You can't. The act of observation affects the actual experiment, and we see that in this.

Michael Sheen

We knew, very early on, that we had to be very, very clear that directors need to speak to actors and actresses and be very clear about what is expected, and find out whether they're comfortable with that. Wardrobe has to be in place. There have to be checks.

Michael Sheen

I find increasingly that the more extreme are the things going on in your life, the more cultural reference points fail you. More mythical reference points actually help, and you realize that's what myths are for. It's for human beings to process their experience in extremis.

Michael Sheen

Hopefully, any character I play has an anchor in reality. The more fantastical characters, or fantastical worlds that they inhabit are really fun and allow you, in some ways, to tell stories and reveal things about our lives that would be harder to take, in a more realistic setting.

Michael Sheen

'Hamlet' is one of the most dangerous things ever set down on paper. All the big, unknowable questions like what it is to be a human being; the difference between sanity and insanity; the meaning of life and death; what's real and not real. All these subjects can literally drive you mad.

Michael Sheen

And so, in terms of setting the right tone and finding a way of presenting all of these things, that creates a cohesive whole and doesn't alienate the audience, is tough. That's a challenge. And I think the tone of a lot of shows is discovered through experimentation and actually making it. Eventually, it starts to cohere.

Michael Sheen

It has to be absolutely believable. It's also going between images and scenes with nudity and sexuality that would be seen, in conventional terms, as kind of sexually exciting. It's up against things that are much more medical and gynecological, and notoriously we, as a culture and a society, have some issues with that kind of thing.

Michael Sheen

For a culture that has such a problem with death, we seem to deal with it in a quite bizarre way. We see people shot, killed and blown up, and we find it funny and sexy and all those things. But, the reality of it is that every day people die, and people are really sad and they grieve and they go through a really difficult process with it.

Michael Sheen

Well, I think tone is very important with this show [Masters of Sex] because there are certain elements or certain aspects to the show that may be reminiscent of other shows. But, it really is a very new kind of show, in terms of the subject matter and the way it's being dealt with, and the fact that it's about real people and real events.

Michael Sheen

My experience of working on this show, even though there is so much about sex and sexuality, and we find out a lot of facts and statistics that are very interesting, in their own right, I found that I started talking about relationships more, and the emotions, the difficulties and the challenges. So, I became far more open about that, which I think is probably an indication with the show itself.

Michael Sheen

Nothing can be left until the last minute, so that everyone knows exactly where they are. Everyone is comfortable and everyone feels safe because we want people to be able to keep coming into this show and taking those risks. There are a lot of risks in this show, not just nudity, but emotional risks. We want the best actors to feel comfortable about coming in and exploring this subject matter with us.

Michael Sheen

When you're working on something where there's usually one sex scene in the film, it all gets a little bit of a gray area and people get a bit uncomfortable and awkward. You just get through it. But, it became very clear on this that that can't happen. There can't be any gray areas on this because there are actors and actresses coming in for a day or a couple of days, as well as people who are there regularly.

Michael Sheen

But obviously, things have changed in many ways since the '50s, when the show is started, in terms of sexuality, and how much access we have to images of it and information about it. But, the same problems always apply. It doesn't matter whether we know a lot more about sex now or if there's a lot more access to it. The same problems of intimacy, of dealing with other people, of connecting and being vulnerable with other people, which is what the show is ultimately about, still applies now, I think.

Michael Sheen