Michael Sheen talks Woody Allen, 'Midnight in Paris'
Michael Sheen has endlessly nice things to say about his "Midnight in Paris" co-star and girlfriend Rachel McAdams, but he was also terribly impressed by director Woody Allen.
"I think he's ploughed his own course, sort of outside of the studio system," Sheen told Chris Balish of OnTheRedCarpet.com. "He's made films that are very much his vision, very much absolutely his voice, the fact that he's so prolific as well, you know he's documented what it's really like."
"I think most people, thankfully, don't have many car chases or explosions or guns going off in their lives," Sheen continues, "but Woody somehow manages to touch on a very large percentage of the population what it actually is like to be alive during this period of time, to be in love and to be neurotic and worry about things and get stressed out and I think he manages to touch on some pretty profound things."
Allen has had a hand in over 78 films over the years and wrote and directed classics like "Annie Hall," "Manhattan" and "Sweet and Lowdown."
"He wouldn't say he does," Sheen admit of the director. "I think he says that he's not an artist, that he just loves making films, but I think he really does get to the heart of some really complex things and I love that in this film, the emotional climax of this film is a character that says 'I'm having an insight, it's a minor incite, but I'm having an insight.' Only in a Woody Allen film would the climax be someone saying 'I'm having a minor incite.'"
Allen is looking to direct and star in his upcoming Rome-based film, "Bop Decameron" with actor Roberto Benigni, who is best known for his Oscar-winning role in "Life is Beautiful." The director indeed recently claimed, "I never considered myself an artist."
"Midnight in Paris" tells the tale of an engaged couple, who travel to Paris. While in Paris, blocked writer Gil (Owen Wilson) retreats from his fiancée (McAdams) and her parents and he is drawn into a mysterious adventure in an era he's romanticized, while McAdams gets charmed by the repugnant intellectual Paul (Sheen).
"I think the main point is that it doesn't matter what golden age you go back to," Sheen told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "Everyone thinks the present is boring because we're selective about the past, we only look at the things that are interesting, whereas every day, we get to look at all the boring every day, day-to-day stuff. So the message is to embrace the present and be excited about what the possibilities are of now, whether than thinking everything was better back then."
"Midnight in Paris" launched the Cannes International Film Festival on Wednesday with laughter and applause from notoriously hard-to-please critics. The film also stars Marion Cotillard and Adrien Brody.
Sheen, a Welsh actor who starred in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and had a recurring role on the sitcom "30 Rock," has an 11-year-old daughter with ex-girlfriend and actress Kate Beckinsale. She starred with him in the 2003 vampire film "Underworld" and in its 2006 sequel.
Sheen and McAdams sparked dating rumors in November, when they were photographed holding hands in Toronto. The co-stars confirmed the rumors after going public with their relationship earlier in the week.
"We spent our nights really laughing, and walking around Paris, Notre Dame is my favorite spot, and having great meals. It was a great way to get to know anyone," Sheen said of his co-star. "She's the most wonderful person I know. We got to know each other on set, it was an amazing time. We've been a couple for a while now."
The British actor also said that McAdams is a "fantastic actress" and the pair have already begun working together again in director Terrence Malick's next project, which is currently filming in Louisiana.
McAdams is known for her roles in films such as Mean Girls and Sherlock Holmes. A 2011 sequel to the hit film that starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as the British sleuth is in the works, although McAdams' return as Irene Adler has not been confirmed officially. McAdams has famously dated Ryan Gosling, her co-star from "The Notebook" and actor Josh Lucas.
"Midnight in Paris" opens with a limited theater release on May 20. Watch a trailer for the film below.
Additional reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).