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Michael Sheen takes on Blair and Hamlet

By Tracy Rosenfield

Hollywoodnews.com: Michael Sheen, who plays “Aro”, leader of the Volturi, in the “Twilight Saga”, has been tapped to play former Prime Minister Tony Blair in addition to The Dane in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Hamlet, in two upcoming projects.

Sheen recently took a part on “30 Rock”, opposite Tina Fey, which is a far cry from politics and Shakespeare.  Clearly, this is evidence of Sheen’s great range in acting skills – comedy, fantasy and drama.

In “The Special Relationship”, airing May 29th on HBO, Sheen takes his third stab at playing Tony Blair after previously playing the politician in “The Deal” and “The Queen”.  Given this is his third time playing the real-life individual, Sheen has developed strong political views.  In a recent interview, Sheen said that, Blair’s successor, Gorden Brown’s resignation would be a “brilliant kind of Shakespearean tragedy” if it didn’t affect the general population.  A very appropriate comment given Sheen will soon take the stage in a Shakespearean tragedy himself.

After playing Henry V for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1997, Sheen is set once again to take the stage as The Dane in a Hamlet production led by former Royal Court artistic Ian Rickson.  This will be Rickson’s first attempt at Shakespeare.  Though exact dates haven’t been confirmed and details are still being worked out, the curtain is set to rise in the winter of 2011, the same time as “Breaking Dawn”, the screen adaptation of the final book in the “Twilight Saga”.  It will certainly be interesting to see Sheen’s performance given his 14 year break from Shakespeare.

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About Tracy Rosenfield

Tracy, a Chicago native, is a Client Services Manager for one of the world's largest internet marketing companies. When Tracy isn't working, she spends her free time with friends, watching films, planning her wedding, traveling and blogging. In the past year, she's allowed "Twilight" to take over her life. She's interacted with and met numerous members of the cast, including the entire Cullen coven (excluding Nikki Reed) and the entire Wolf Pack (excluding Taylor Lautner). She visited the "Eclipse" set and has seen many of the locations where the upcoming film will take place. Tracy has experience both reporting on "The Twilight Saga" and interviewing cast members. She's looking forward to bringing you the most exciting "Twilight" news with a unique perspective - She's over 30 , a self-proclaimed Twi-hard, and "Team Edward". Watch out Twi-hards - here she comes!

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