Although, let's be honest, it'd be pretty cool if he did.

Michael Sheen took to Twitter late last night to comment on a story that had been gaining momentum. In a wide-ranging interview, Sheen talked about the implications of Brexit and the rise of right-wing populism across England, his native Wales and Europe as a whole.

In the interview and subsequent stories that followed, it was trumpeted that Sheen was quitting acting entirely and returning to his hometown of Port Talbot to begin battling the alt-right by getting more involved in political activism and, effectively, leaving the world of acting behind.

Except that's not the case at all, according to Sheen. In a series of tweets, Sheen explained that he had been misquoted by the Times and that he "might starting acting less and maybe even stop for a while at some point," but that he hadn't really decided yet.

Sheen went on, explaining that he wasn't railing against Brexit - his home constituency voted overwhelming in favour of it - and was talking about the rise of anti-democratic forces in Europe and across the globe, all of which he said "(must) be stopped."

Naturally, of course, the reaction to the initial headline was sharp and divided, with some praising Sheen for leaving behind his life in acting to combat the alt-right whilst others believed that an actor wading into the political sphere, far removed from the realities of everyday people, was a terrible idea.

Because, face it, highly unqualified people shouldn't run for high political office. Right? Right? Exactly.


Via Twitter