Welsh actor and activist Michael Sheen said that he has turned himself into a “not-for-profit actor” after selling his houses and giving the proceeds to charity.
“I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor,” the 52-year-old actor told newspaper The Big Issue for their Letter to My Younger Self on Dec. 6.
Sheen has pledged to continue using the money he earns from acting to fund more projects after he stepped in to bankroll the Homeless World Cup in Cardiff in 2019 after funding fell through at the last moment.
“I had to make a decision — I could walk away from it, and it wouldn’t happen. And all those people from all 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,” Sheen said.
“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,” Sheen further said.
Sheen described the experience as “quite liberating.”
But Sheen said the “turning point” for him was the 72-hour production of “The Passion” through the streets of his hometown Port Talbot in 2011.
“I realized the difference between that child’s life being a little bit better or not was ultimately a small amount of funding. And I wanted to help those people,” Sheen said.
Sheen starred in the fantasy comedy series “Good Omens,” film series “The Twilight Saga,” and historical drama film “Frost/Nixon.”
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