Michael Sheen Says He’s A “Not For Profit” Actor Now
Finally, a mensch. A mensch among mens. Yes, in THIS economy! Michael Sheen has been doing some karmic housekeeping of late and has decided to become a “not for profit” actor in order to be able to fund various charitable causes in his home country of Wales. Maybe he saw all the work his ex Kate Becksindale has been doing with wayward youth and didn’t want to be outshone. According to BBC, Michael sold two houses, one in LA and one in Wales, in order to fund the 2019 Homeless World Cup after its funding fell through at the last minute. After that he looked around and was like, wait, I’m still not broke? Let me do this some more!
Last year Michael returned his fancy gold medal from THE QUEEN and denounced his title of OBE so he could go awf in a lecture he was giving about the “nature of the relationship between Wales and the British state” without feeling like a hypocrite. And back in 2016 after the Brexit vote, Michael denied reports that he was giving up acting altogether to focus on his political activism. Instead, he merely said he might take a step back from Hollywood to work on making things better at home in Wales. So cut to 2018. Michael had committed himself to participating in the 2019 Cardiff Wales Homeless World Cup, an organization which aims to “use football to inspire homeless people to change their lives and to change public perceptions of homelessness along with the issues around it” when it lost its funding. And as we know, actors love to say “the show must go on,” but they’re not usually the ones digging down deep to keep the lights on. But not Michael. He dug deep.
The Welsh actor and activist sold his houses to ensure the 2019 Homeless World Cup went ahead in Cardiff.
Now the Hollywood star has pledged to carry on using the money he earns from acting to fund more projects.
He said: “There was something quite liberating about going, alright, I’ll put large amounts of money into this or that, because I’ll be able to earn it back again.”
Sheen added: “I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor.”
Cut to Wesley Snipes banging his head against the wall screaming “why didn’t I think of that!” before running off to file his name as an NFPO with the IRS. Michael says making the initial decision to fund the HWC was scary until he realized it’s just money. Must be nice!
“I had committed to helping to organise that and then suddenly, with not long to go, there was no money,” he said.
“I had to make a decision – I could walk away from it and it wouldn’t happen.
“I thought, I’m not going to let that happen. 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.
“It was scary and incredibly stressful. I’ll be paying for it for a long time.
“But when I came out the other side, I realised I could do this kind of thing and, if I can keep earning money, it’s not going to ruin me.”
Cut to his 2-year-old baby banging her head against the wall screaming “not my college fund!”