Our world has become one where even Michael Sheen is caught in the cross fire between fake news and reality. Recently, the actor talked about his desire to work in acting a little less and focus more of his time in activism.
In an article posted by the Times UK, the actor seemed to say that he was going “leaving Hollywood to commit himself to political activism.”
It got to the point around the internet that Sheen finally had to set up and explain himself. In a Tumblr post, Sheen went on to explain exactly what that interview had left out.
"I did one interview with The Times of London a few weeks ago, parts of which (including a headline that is not a quote) have been picked up by a lot of other outlets. 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 went on to talk about the interview and defending what was actually said versus what has been circulating the internet as of late. Which brings us to a good point: How many interviews are misconstrued to be more appealing to the public?
Why do we do these sorts of things anymore? Yes, click-bait is the first thing that comes to mind but do you really want to be the news source that lied in an article about a beloved actor? It makes people not really want to trust you.
No matter their reasoning, at least the world can breathe a sigh of relief. Michael Sheen will continue to act as long as Hollywood wants him and that is all we can ask for.