Michael Sheen - Michael Sheen plays 'himself' in films10 November 2012
Michael Sheen is well-known for his portrayals of real-life people in movies but he says he can only ever play ''himself'' on the big screen.
Michael Sheen plays 'himself' in films
Michael Sheen always plays ''himself'' in movies.
The 43-year-old actor is known for his portrayals of real-life people - including former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in three films, 'Carry On' actor Kenneth Williams, legendary soccer manager Brian Clough and acclaimed reporter David Frost - in his films but says the characters are just him emphasising different aspects of his personality.
He explained: ''You're only ever playing yourself. That's all I can play.
''I think of it like a mixing desk in a sound studio, with all those faders that you put at different levels.
''To play Brian Clough in 'The Damned United', I amped up my bossy side, for Kenneth Williams I was a bit more outrageous. It's not like you put on a suit of clothes and take it off at the end of the day.''
While Michael has portrayed many real-life stars, he thinks his 13-year-old daughter Lily - whose mother is Kate Beckinsale - would be a great candidate to play him in a biopic because she is such a good mimic.
Asked who could play him in a film, he added to Elle magazine: ''Well, my daughter does a pretty good impersonation of me. She's brutal. But you need someone to play you, warts and all.''