Michael Sheen, Blair Apparent

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What, one had to ask, was British actor Michael Sheen doing at the Off-Broadway opening of David Ives' new play, Venus in Fur? "I came to see the play," he replied simply. "I've been doing some filming here, and I'm leaving tomorrow. It worked out really well, timing-wise, to be able to come and see the play."

The man who played the title role in Amadeus and the first half of the title roles in Frost/Nixon on Broadway has no immediate plans for a return gig, but he's sticking close to Peter Morgan, his Frost/Nixon playwright-screenwriter, who tailors real-life roles for Sheen to do in film: football manager Brian Clough (in "The Damned United") and prime minister Tony Blair (in "The Queen").

In late May, he'll reprise the Blair bit, opposite Dennis Quaid's Bill Clinton, in the film "The Special Relationship." (Hope Davis did the Hillary role right before God of Carnage.)

His only break from Morgan-scripted real people comes up March 5: He's The White Rabbit in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," adapted from Lewis Carroll's novel by Linda Woolverton, the book writer of Beauty and the Beast and Aida.

— Harry Haun

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