Michael Sheen says that he has turned himself into a “not-for-profit actor”.
The 52-year-old actor made the statement in an interview with The Big Issue, explaining that he realised he could afford to be more generous with his money after stepping in to save the Homeless World Cup.
“I had committed to helping to organise that and then suddenly, with not long to go, there was no money,” he said, “I had to make a decision – I could walk away from it, and it wouldn’t happen. And all those people from around the world who were banking on coming to have this extraordinary experience, maybe a life-changing experience, wouldn’t have it.”
“I thought, I’m not going to let that happen,” said Sheen. “So I put all my money into keeping it going. I had a house in America and a house here and I put those up and just did whatever it took. It was scary and incredibly stressful. And I’ll be paying for it for a long time.”
“But when I came out the other side, I realised I could do this kind of thing, and if I can keep earning money It’s not going to ruin me.”
“There was something quite liberating about going, alright, I’ll put large amounts of money into this or that, because I’ll be able to earn it back again. I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor.”
Michael Sheen is best known for his role in The Twilight Saga and starring in Good Omens alongside David Tennant. The pair went on to create the virtual comedy series, Staged, during the height of the COVID pandemic.