Within the United States and across the globe, actors and actresses are also advocates of political and personal causes. Look at Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie. The millionaires spend both money and time on heartfelt issues. While DiCaprio promotes environmentalist change through his social-media accounts and informative documentaries (Before the Flood, The Ivory Game), Jolie visits impoverished countries, meets powerful leaders, and voices her and the people’s concerns.
Unfortunately, life happens. As DiCaprio courts model Nina Agdal, Jolie faces a torrid divorce. In the absence of such influential clout, who’s man (or woman) enough to incite change?
For the blockbuster Passengers, Michael Sheen’s appearance with Hollywood’s Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt ships him past the planets. Don’t worry, though! Before the Golden Globes commence, he lands on Earth, and he makes his impact. As The Guardian reports, “the Los-Angeles-based Welsh actor … told the Times on Saturday that his desire to respond to the ‘demagogic, fascistic’ drift of politics meant ‘that I would work less as an actor, and possibly stop.'”
Sheen’s recent success propels him to different heights, so why would he risk the fall? Activism is vital to human progression, but Sheen’s sincerity is in question. Would he really forgo box-office bouquets for a complicated lifestyle? Or is his newfound passion another plea for instantaneous publicity?
Unlike DiCaprio and Jolie, Sheen’s interest is solely civic. The Guardian notes his opinion and gives readers an idea of Sheen’s intent. He explains, “‘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.'”
Hopefully, Sheen can wield his zest for a stronger and healthier state. To quote an iconic inspiration, Michael Jackson, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror/I’m asking him to change his ways/And no message could have been any clearer/If you want to make the world a better place/Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.” If a robotic Sheen could serve cocktails in outer space, then he could protest among earthlings. As his character, Arthur, would say, “Very nice!”