Sheen Turned Down 'Boring' Political Role
Former WEST WING president MARTIN SHEEN turned down the chance to become a real-life politician because he "couldn't bear sitting in meetings all day".
The actor, who played President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet in the hit drama series, is a longtime political activist but turned down the chance to get involved in government himself in 2006.
Members of the Democratic Party in Ohio asked Sheen to run for the U.S. Senate in the state, but the star declined the offer.
And Sheen admits he made the right decision to stick to acting - because he would have been bored by life as a politician.
He says, "It was a tempting offer, but no. I'm not qualified for it, and I don't have the character for it. I couldn't bear sitting in meetings all day. I don't have any aptitude for it."
Sheen adds, "We already had an old actor in national politics, and it didn't work out so well. He shall remain nameless."