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Michael Sheen Reveals Why He Gave Back His Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Michael Sheen is finally revealing why he returned his Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) give to him by Queen Elizabeth back in 2009.

Michael, who was born in Wales, “learnt a lot about Welsh history” while researching to give the prestigious Raymond Williams lecture. While doing research, he delved into the “tortured history” between Wales and England.

“By the time I’d finished writing that lecture, I remember sitting there going: ‘Well, I have a choice. I either don’t give this lecture and hold on to my OBE or I give this lecture and I have to give my OBE back’,” Michael told Guardian columnist Owen Jones. He is also calling for the title of the “Prince of Wales” to stop being given to the heir to the British throne.

Prince Charles currently holds the title and Michael said it would be “really meaningful and powerful gesture for that title to no longer be held in the same way as it has before, that would be an incredibly meaningful thing I think to happen.” According to the Guardian, “English king Edward I created and gave [that title] to his son in 1301 as part of his subjugation of the Welsh principalities.”

Michael added, “I didn’t mean any disrespect but I just realized I’d be a hypocrite if I said the things I was going to say in the lecture about the nature of the relationship between Wales and the British state.”

We’ve included photos of Michael receiving the honor at Buckingham Palace on June 2, 2009 with his daughter Lily and partner at the time, ballet dancer Lorraine Stewart. (If you don’t know, find out who Lily’s famous mom is!)

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Michael Sheen Reveals What Was 'Difficult' About Kate Beckinsale Split

Michael Sheen is speaking out about the most difficult aspect of his 2003 split from his ex Kate Beckinsale. The couple were together for 8 years and have a child, Lily, who is now 21.

“Going through that experience of a relationship breaking down and having a young child, and then because of my daughter and her mom living in another country, having to make a life in a new place whilst going through that whole experience, which is difficult enough,” Michael said on the “Changes With Annie Macmanus” podcast about having to live in the UK while his daughter was in the USA. “I had no work visa to stay in America, so every time I left, I had to go back to Britain. I never knew if I would be allowed to come back in again.”

He continued, “So, I ended up having to get work in Britain because I wasn’t really getting any work in America. It really made me question certain things about myself.”

Kate and Michael have remained on good terms over the years, and she has even featured him on her social media!

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Adam Sandler, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Meyers & More Hit Up Critics Choice Awards 2020

Adam Sandler hits the blue carpet with wife Jackie at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday (January 12) at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

The Uncut Gems star was up for Best Actor at the award show, however, the award went to Joaquin Phoenix for Joker.

Seth Meyers and Taika Waititi also attended the show, alongside Prodigal Son’s Michael Sheen and Tom Payne, and Chris Hardwick.

Tom attended the show with girlfriend Jennifer Akerman, and Chris hit the red carpet with wife Lydia Hearst.

Keegan-Michael Key is also pictured below, celebrating his win for Dolemite Is My Name, which won for Best Comedy.

FYI: Lydia wore a Victor Glemaud dress and Le Vian jewelry. Seth is wearing Dolce&Gabbana.

30+ pictures inside of Adam Sandler, Keegan-Michael Key, and more at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

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Robert Downey Jr. Premieres 'Dolittle' with Rami Malek & More!

Robert Downey Jr. poses with co-star Rami Malek while attending the premiere of their new movie Dolittle on Saturday morning (January 11) at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif.

The guys were joined at the event by their co-stars Selena Gomez, Michael Sheen, John Cena, Harry Collett, and Carmel Laniado, as well as writer and director Stephen Gaghan.

Also in attendance at the event were Robert‘s wife and producer Susan Downey, Michael‘s partner Anna Lundberg, and John‘s girlfriend Shay Shariatzadeh.

Robert, Michael, Harry, and Carmel are all live-action stars in the film while Selena, John, and Rami voice animals. Dolittle hits theaters on January 17!

FYI: Selena is wearing Givenchy.

40+ pictures inside of Robert Downey Jr. and others at the premiere… More Here! »

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Tom Payne On Understanding Serial Killers in 'Prodigal Son': 'It's An Endless Riddle'!

Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young, Tom Payne and Lou Diamond Phillips all got together to attend their SAG-AFTRA Foundation conversation panel for their series Prodigal Son held at The Robin Williams Center on Sunday (December 15) in New York City.

Tom, 36, and his co-stars sat down for a panel discussion following a screening of the show.

In the hit Fox series, Payne plays the son of a serial killer (Sheen) who draws on his knowledge to help the New York Police Department solve crimes and stop killers.

“It’s a never-ending riddle. It’s never one thing that (triggers the killing). It’s a variety of things. Generally, there’s anger and pain involved,” Tom expressed. “The human condition is endlessly fascinating. Everyone is seemingly born as a blank canvas and then ends up being a fully formed person. How much of that is nurture and how much is nature?”

“I was in the (series’) writers’ room and they had a book that was literally an encyclopedia of serial killers,” Tom continued. “You learn there is no common thread. The reason Ted Bundy is so fascinating is he was a well-put-together guy, an attractive man, intelligent and yet he did all these terrible things. It’s an endless riddle.”

READ MORE: Fox’s ‘Prodigal Son’ Gets Full Season Pickup!

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Robert Downey Jr. Talks to Animals in 'Dolittle' Trailer - Watch!

The official trailer for Robert Downey Jr.‘s Dolittle is out now!

The 54-year-old actor plays Dr. John Dolittle in the upcoming film.

Here’s the synopsis for the vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: “After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.”

It continues, “The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena) and a headstrong parrot (Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.”

The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, and Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson. (See more details on which characters they voice.)

The film is directed by Stephen Gaghan and executive produced by Robert Downey Jr..

Dolittle hits theaters on January 17, 2020. Watch the trailer now!

See the poster here if you missed it.

Dolittle – Official Trailer

Fox's 'Prodigal Son' Gets Full Season Pickup!

Fox’s new show Prodigal Son has been given a full series pickup after just two episodes have aired of the new series!

The show stars Tom Payne and Michael Sheen, and follows criminal profiler Tom Bright (Payne), who has unique insight into the minds of serial killers — because his father, Dr. Martin Whitly, is one (via THR). This is the first Fall show to receive a full season pickup from their network!

Prodigal Son delivers a fantastic crime procedural with a complicated and compelling father-son relationship at its core, thanks to the stellar performances from Tom Payne and Michael Sheen,” Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn said in a statement. “The series has razor-sharp writing, cinematic visuals and is an inventive twist on the genre….We can’t wait to see how this twisted journey continues to unfold.”

In total, the show has been given nine more episodes, totaling 22 for the season.

Bellamy Young, Halston Sage, Lou Diamond Phillips, Aurora Perrineau, and Frank Harts also star.

Also pictured inside: Halston attending LOUIS XIII Cognac and The Film Foundation’s premiere of The Broken Butterfly on Friday (October 4) at the Whitby Hotel in New York City. In continuance of “100 Years,” a series of artistic projects curated by LOUIS XIII, the film was originally completed in 1919 to be rediscovered 100 years later, thanks to a meticulous restoration by Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation, supported by LOUIS XIII. Also in attendance at the event were Scorsese and LOUIS XIII’s global executive director Ludovic du Plessis.

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