Michael Sheen Clarifies the Whole ‘Quitting Acting’ for Politics Thing

Michael Sheen Quits Acting for Politics
Actor Michael Sheen announced that he's leaving Hollywood behind and returning to England

So, remember yesterday (Dec. 17, 2016) when it was reported that Michael Sheen said he was going to quit Hollywood to become a political activist? Well, that’s not exactly what he said or meant.

In an interview with The Times U.K., the Masters of Sex actor talked about how he wanted to “commit himself to political activism,” which “means that I would work less as an actor, and possibly stop.” Everyone assumed “stop” meant, like, now.

That’s not the case. In a Tumblr post, Sheen wrote, “I DID NOT declare that I’m ‘quitting acting and leaving Hollywood’ to go into politics. In the actual original interview I said I have become more involved with community issues back at home over the last few years and because of the political situation it’s something I would like to focus on more. The interviewer asked me what that meant for my career and I said it might mean I work less as an actor and maybe even stop for a while AT SOME POINT. But I don’t really know yet.”

Sheen also addressed the people who voted for Brexit, calling the result of “the will of the people.”

“That is democracy,” he wrote. “What I think must be resisted is the re-emerging spectre of fascism in the West. Our democracy must be defended and each of us needs to decide how we can contribute to that effort.”

Sheen will be seen next co-starring with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in Passengers. Launch the gallery above for pics from the L.A. premiere!