Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Sheen: Fame almost ruined Passion

Michael Sheen plays Jesus in his film The Gospel Of Us

Michael Sheen has revealed he worried his fame had destroyed his Passion project when people began filming him on their mobile phones.

The Twilight star played Jesus Christ in his own modern day version of the Passion for new film The Gospel Of Us, shot over an Easter weekend in his home town of Port Talbot in Wales and improvised over three days, with members of the public as extras.

Michael told The Daily Telegraph: "That afternoon, there were thousands of people on the beach, they all had mobile phones and they all wanted to film me. I was freaking out.

"I thought it wasn't going to work, because all people wanted to do was take pictures of the famous person. I was really annoyed with them. I'd worked on this thing for two and a half years, and everyone was going to miss it because they were too busy trying to take pictures of it!"

But the actor managed to incorporate his fears into the story, as his character asked one man with a camera why he was so desperate to film it.

Michael said: "It became me throwing the money lenders out of the temple. So that relationship is very, very interesting. I mean, the original story [of the Passion] is in one sense a story about fame."

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