Michael Sheen recalls rejection days

Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 08:59 AM IST

London: Actor Michael Sheen says that inspite of being a good actor, he was initially rejected from movie roles because the bosses wanted a bigger name to attract audiences.

"I was going up for films, it was just audition after audition, and people would say, `Well, you`re the best actor we`ve seen, you`re perfect for this part - but the studio needs a bigger actor, they need a bigger name.` So there was a lot of that for a period of time," femalefirst.co.uk quoted the 42-year-old as saying.

Sheen, who has a 12-year-old daughter, Lily, with ex-girlfriend Kate Beckinsale, also revealed that how things changed and he started getting bigger roles when he decided to quit from showbiz.

"It was always sort of a weird combination where Kate sort of felt - she`d never gone to drama school, so she felt like I was doing very worthy work, and she felt unworthy at times - which was never true.

"But on the other hand I felt like, `Oh I wish I was having more success in film.` So that was quite frustrating. And actually it was only once I said right, that`s it, I`m going to forget about a film career and just do what I do, then almost immediately it happened," he added.

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