Collider Talks “Beautiful Boy” with Michael Sheen

Collider has a quite in depth interview with Michael Sheen about his upcoming film “Beautiful Boy.”  The story revolves around the tragedy of a family losing their son and how it changes them  Sheen speaks very candidly about the the process he went through in tapping into those difficult emotions.

Sheen said, “If you draw on your own experiences, certainly when it comes to being a parent, and you have to imagine your child dying, the danger is that you’ll get to the end of the day and go, “It’s not working for me anymore. I’m thinking about the death of my own child, and that’s not really doing it because I’ve gotten too used to thinking about it.” There’s a cost to that, as a person, to have to imagine the death of your own child. That’s not an area you really want to go into. And yet, at the same time, you’ve got to deal with it because otherwise it’s just acting and then it’s meaningless.”

He also speaks very briefly about his approach to Aro in Breaking Dawn part 1 and 2.

Said Sheen,”Well, what I love about that character is that I think he’s totally insane. Immortality – living forever – has driven him completely insane, or certainly into an area of sanity that is not really accessible to most people, and yet, part of his insanity is that he thinks that he’s a sentimental, little old lady. He thinks he’s this cuddly grandmother, somehow.”

Read the whole story at Collider.


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  2. That’s a fascinating insight into Aro, the grandmother who is actually like Hitler. I assumed that the niceties were entirely manipulative and cynical. Perhaps they are sincere (at least insomuch as Aro can be sincere).

  3. CullenCoven says:

    I think after 4000 years, besides being stinkin rich, I would go terminally nuts too. Interesting insight, Michael.

  4. smitten_by_twilight says:

    I thought it was 3000 years old?
    Good interpretation on Sir Michael’s part. I’m surprised more vampires don’t go crazy. Think about how the world has changed for Aro! No wonder he holes up in a tower.

  5. You know, it’s a long time to wait for the first part and even longer for the second one.
    I get it, it was for financial reasons it was decided to split them, but they kind of overdone it.
    I mean, if they decided to act like WB about HP7, they might as well could have set the 2 parts a bit closer in time (november ’11- july ’12).
    It’s really frustrating having to wait that much especially considering they’ve already wrapped up filming.


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