Michael Sheen, George Clooney, Michael K. Williams on Supporting Roles Offering New Emotional Challenges

Variety | 6/4/2019 | Gregory Ellwood
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There comes a point in an actor’s career where sometimes it’s worth taking a detour down a slightly different road. Over the past few years, many actors who have traditionally thrived in leading roles have taken supporting ones in television series, proving it is not the number of lines that matter but what those lines, and their characters, say.

Michael Sheen has toplined TV series such as “Masters of Sex” and, this same Emmy season, “Good Omens,” but when he was presented with playing a supporting role in CBS All Access’s “The Good Fight,” he found the character of Roland Blum simply too good to pass up.

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“It had everything, including the kitchen sink, thrown at it on the page,” Sheen says.

Already a fan of the Robert King and Michelle King series, the Emmy nominee sank his teeth into portraying a lawyer whose outrageous behavior in and out of the courtroom — Sheen describes him as a cross between Roy Cohn and Gore Vidal — is tolerated in the current political climate.

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“I just found it really exciting to play a character that seemed to be expressing so much of what the show was fighting against,” Sheen says. “To inhabit that and personify a lot of those things, and to feel like you’re going into work every day and doing something that is about what you’re actually seeing around you everywhere when you’re not at work, that’s a rare thing — to feel like you’re actually part of the conversation.”

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