By Dave Campbell | June 19, 2009
In the upcoming sequel to Twilight, Michael Sheen plays the the part of Aro, the lead vampire of an ancient coven that rules over the world of vampires in The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Empire recently spoke to him about the role and how it differs from his recent real-life characters. Sheen also spoke about what it was like working with director Chris Weitz and the rest of the cast.
“I’m all done on it; I had a great time,” says Sheen “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.”
“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.”
“It was quite intimidating being on the set with so many young, beautiful people. That was quite extraordinary being the old, ugly one amongst loads of young, beautiful ones. It’s not something I’m used to really. Not because I’m young and beautiful but usually there’s loads of old, ugly people around me. It was quite encouraging to see how Robert and Kristin are committed to it, how much they put into it and how serious they are about it. They don’t take it lightly at all so that was great to see.”
The Twilight Saga: New Moon hits theaters November 20th 2009.
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