By Fred Topel | Images property of Summit Entertainment
Michael Sheen transforms into every character he plays. When it’s a real life historical figure like Tony Blair or David Frost, we can confirm exactly how accurate a job he did. The Twilight fans can probably cast even more scrutiny about Aro, the Volturi leader in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Michael Sheen Enjoys a New Moon
“It was from Stephenie in the book,” Sheen said. “She describes Aro as having a voice like feathers, so that made me think about what would it sound like if someone had a voice like feathers. Then, as I was starting to play around with it, I reminded myself a little bit of the Blue Meanie. You remember the Blue Meanie in Yellow Submarine and the hand that goes with it? Then I was also thinking about characters from when I was a kid watching stuff that really freaked me out and the Blue Meanie really freaked me out. The Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Lollipops and all that.”
Notice a theme yet? They’re all evil characters who sound comforting nonetheless. “I liked the idea of a character who on the surface appears to be very friendly and thinks of himself as just being a sentimental old fool, a romantic at heart, and then he wants to eat your eyes. I liked that sort of idea so that was where Aro came from.”
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Perhaps Sheen is finally getting his revenge on his Underworld enemies. He ran with the werewolf pack in that franchise. “The tailoring is so much better as a vampire. I’ve been observing vampires for some time now and I finally got to give my own fang, although we don’t have fangs, do we? But no, it was great to be on the other side for a bit.”
Vampire may become Sheen’s definitive role, since Underworld can’t hold a candle to Twihard fandom. “I haven’t really experienced much of the Twilight fan stuff yet, but I did go into a store in L.A. to buy a pair of jeans and I went into the little cubicle to try my jeans on. It’s always a quite nerve-wracking time when I come out of the cubicle to look in the mirror anyway and I like that to be a private moment. As I came out, there was a woman shaking, going ‘You’re Aro, aren’t you?’ and I just hid in my cubicle again. Whooo! Anyway. That’s been really my only experience with that. Apart from also going into my daughter’s bedroom and she’s just got pictures from Twilight and New Moon everywhere, and seeing my own little picture which I think she did out of pity. Have Dad up there as well.”
The Twilight Saga: New Moon opens to theaters on November 20th.