Anytime I see an actor sporting a different look, it’s usually a safe assumption that the change in appearance is for a new role.
Some actors will lose or gain pounds — such as Christian Bale’s weight crash for “The Machinist” — but the majority of the time, it’s a change in hair style. Natalie Portman lost all her hair for “V for Vendetta” while Tom Hanks showed up for months sporting the scraggly beard he needed for “Cast Away.” It wasn’t a good look for him, but it made sense for the movie.
When Michael Sheen arrives to talk about reprising his role of the villainous Aro in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2,” he’s sporting long hair, a stubble of a beard and a handlebar mustache that he’s curled up on each end with some wax. It’s quite a different look from when I’ve talked to him before about previous “Twilight” movies or even “Alice in Wonderland.”
A fellow critic suggest that he looks like Baron Munchausen. Sheen’s next role is playing Dr. William Masters, half of the sex research team with Virginia E. Johnson, in the TV offering “Masters of Sex.” This look is certainly not to play Masters.
The reason Sheen’s sporting the facial hair is — well, just because he can.
“I really don’t need an excuse,” Sheen says smiling through the dark growth. “This is the thing about being an actor. If you got a slightly rubbish look, or a slightly off look, everyone assumes that it’s for a character.”
That’s not the case and he’s just happy that no one thinks his rumpled look is just him being lazy.
Last week, I was sitting in the hospitality suite at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles that was being used for the press day for the upcoming “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2.” I was waiting for my interview with Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward in the film series. The room was filled with publicists all trying to coordinate the long list of talent and the media.
Because the actors often spend an entire day doing interviews, one of the jobs of the publicists is to make sure the talent gets what they want for lunch. That’s usually nothing more than having each actor fill out a form based on the hotel’s menu.
On this day, there was a little bit of a panic over who was going to leave the hotel to get Pattinson’s lunch.
Pattinson’s always been a easy-going interview and there haven’t been a lot of stories about him being a prima donna. That’s why it seemed so weird that someone was going to have to leave the hotel to get his special meal. What was it? Hummingbird eggs served on a slice of toast made from wheat that only grows in George Clooney’s backyard?
Then I heard one publicist says, “I need someone to make a run to In-N-Out.”
That’s what all the fuss was about. Pattinson’s become one of the biggest film stars working today and his idea of a special lunch is a hamburger from the fast food restaurant.
Maybe it’s the Brit in him that likes the burger. British chef Gordon Ramsay is also a fan of In-N-Out.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A werewolf and vampire are hanging out with a pretty – but brooding – young woman. No. It’s not one of the “Twilight” movies. This supernatural trio take up residence in the same house in the new Syfy Channel series “Being Human.”
It debuts at 9 p.m. Jan. 17.
Some of you might think the new series sounds an awful lot like a BBC America offering about a werewolf, ghost and vampire. Give yourself some “Ghostbuster” points. The Syfy series is based on the British show.
Don’t skip the new show just because you saw the six episodes in the first season of the British “Being Human.” The American version follows a similar trajectory but there are 13 episodes instead of six and that meant the show’s creators could do more original stories.
As for what sounds like similarities to “Twilight,” executive producer and writer Jeremy Carver says the big difference is how grounded this cable series is.