Michael Sheen, the OBE'd British actor currently staring with Frank Langella in the multi-Oscar-nominated US film Frost Nixon, has let slip that he has signed up for a series of sequels.
The first of these - 'Blair Nixon' reprises Sheen's role of Tony Blair from the hit movie 'The Queen', a reprise of his role in Channel 4's 'The Deal'. The second sequel, 'Williams Nixon' also reprises a prior role.
"They take place in a less historically accurate world than the first film, and although the characters never met in actuality, the films explore their relationships and the effect these relationships had on history", said the RADA-trained Sheen. Although Kenneth Williams never met Nixon, he was a harsh critic of various governments, claiming on several occasions: 'they've all got it in for me'.
A third sequel is also planned, based on the relationship between Richard Nixon and football club manager Brian Clough, a role yet to be played by Sheen.
"It's all to do with cutbacks in film budgets", suggests Sheen, "I can do all these films in the same clothes and makeup and just put on a different voice."
Fans suggest there is a bit more to it than that. "He also has to pull different faces", said one.