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Wednesday 27 May 2015

Sheen: I prefer playing a vampire

Michael Sheen was pleased he could show the more crazy side of vampire Aro in the latest Twilight movie
Michael Sheen was pleased he could show the more crazy side of vampire Aro in the latest Twilight movie

Michael Sheen has revealed that he would rather portray a blood-sucking vampire than a werewolf.

The Welsh star, who appears as Volturi vampire Aro in the Twilight Saga, previously transformed into the wolf-like creature for the Underworld films, where he played Lycan werewolf Lucian.

"As a werewolf, you spend a lot of time being very dirty, and a bit smelly, and in a lot of leather - far more leather than any British actor should ever wear," he quipped.

"Whereas as a vampire, you get nicer tailoring, you get a bit cleaner. You are a bit pasty, it's true, but then as Brits, we're used to that."

The actor couldn't wait to bring out Aro's maniacal laugh for the last film.

"For a character who is so unpredictable - you never quite know where you are with him and what's going on with him - I like the idea that there was one moment when you heard his true nature," he said.

"And in the laugh, this out of control and hysterical craziness, you do. I wasn't sure if anyone would let me do it because it's quite extreme. But I liked that because he does play this false persona so much and has this very soft voice, I wanted something that cut through to what was actually true - like a flash of lightning," he added.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 will premiere in London tomorrow, before it opens in cinemas on November 16.

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