Legendary Indian filmmakers Satyajit Ray and Mira Nair have had a big influence on me, said well-known Welsh actor Michael Sheen. He said India is an incredible country and he would love to come and visit India.
“I would love to come and do something in India. It will be amazing. The films from India, the cinema of India has had such a big influence on me, watching Satyajit Ray, Mira Nair films. It is such an incredible country and culture and so I hope that I can come soon,” Sheen said.
Sheen’s next movie Passengers will hit the Indian theatres on 6th January in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. He co stars in the Sci-fi romance movie with Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.
The movie is about two strangers Jim and Aurora, played by Pratt and Lawrence, who are on a 120-year journey to another planet on a technologically-advanced “cruise-liner” style space ship
Sheen plays ‘Arthur’, an Android bartender onboard the ship. Sheen said playing the role of a robotic bartender was “physically quite uncomfortable” as he had to be strapped into a machine and had a steel rod tied through his back to facilitate his robotic movements.
He said working with Lawrence and Pratt “ was just such a laugh working” with them on the sets.
They are great people, really funny and we all got along really well which is handy because it was just the three of us everyday for a long timeMichael Sheen
Talking on how technology impacting on movie making Sheen said it is a “double-edged sword.”
Technology, as it advances is supposed to make our lives easier and help us in all kinds of ways but at the same time technology is always threatening how much we are able to be useful and how much we can get involved in things. so it starts to take away our sense of our own usefulness in some waysMichael Sheen
Sheen also added that it is the story that makes all changes than technology used in it.
But ultimately it always comes back to what is the story. Is it a good story, is it a story that you connect to, does it fires up your imagination, makes you think. That is what I loved about this film as it seems to do all of thisMichael Sheen