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10 Reasons Why Michael Sheen Is the Embodiment of Awesome

Michael Sheen Far From the Maddening Crowd

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By Leslie Schapira

When we think of Hollywood’s sexiest men, certain names tend to pop up: George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Robert Pattinson for girls under 14 and your weird aunt who lives with seven cats. But it’s Masters of Sex and Far From the Maddening Crowd star Michael Sheen — no relation to Charlie — who’s currently the subject of much devotion on Tumblr and other parts of the Internet. So what is it about this 5’9,” mousy Brit that makes the Internet’s knees collectively buckle? Here are 10 reasons why Michael Sheen is your new crush:

10. He’s the ‘master’ of sex.

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Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection

It’s not just that he’s the star of the critically acclaimed Showtime show (although that always helps) about sex researchers, aka the people who have the best jobs in the world after cotton candy tasters. But after two years of playing Dr. Masters — a man who studies orgasms — he must’ve picked up a few tips.


9. He has a great dating track record.

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Dee Cercone/Everett Collection

Nothing like dating Kate Beckinsale or Rachel McAdams to prove that he’s a catch – or maybe just really good in bed. Even Sheen’s current girlfriend, Sarah Silverman, admitted that his past relationships make her feel even luckier to be with him. Bottom line: If he can pass Kate and Rachel’s standards, he can pass anyone’s.


8. He has the Tina Fey stamp of approval.

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Focus Features courtesy Everett Collection

Sheen proved he had comedic sparks with Tina Fey when he played Liz Lemon’s British paramour Wesley. The duo also brought their onscreen chemistry to the film Admission.


7. He’s athletic.

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Sony Pictures/Everett Collection

It’s not often that you can find an artist that knows his way around a ball. But Sheen is an exception. At 12, he was scouted to play in the Arsenal Football Club in London.


6. He has a sense of humor.

Despite Sheen’s British properness, his girlfriend Sarah Silverman recently told the world that the thesp has named his penis the “Great Christine Baranski.” Hopefully, this is a sign that his Baranski is as talented as the actress. He was also a perfect gentleman when he sat down with Sarah’s ex Jimmy Kimmel, who expressed a bit of jealousy at Sheen’s budding relationship with Silverman’s dad.

5. That accent.

Maybe it’s because it sounds aristocratic. Or maybe it’s simply a refreshing change from the typical crass American. But there’s something about that Welsh accent that can make a girl swoon.


4. He gives passionate speeches.

While Sheen is known for playing Tony Blair in film and TV, it’s his real life role in the political sphere that adds to his attraction. Last March, Sheen made a speech where he told politicians to “By God, believe in something.”


3. He’s charitable.

While his Christine Baranski might be hard, at least we know his heart is soft. Sheen is involved in multiple charities including being president of TREAT Trust Wales – a charity that helps provide therapy centers from Swansea’s Morriston Hospital.


2. He handles breakups well.

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Richard Young/Rex Features, Courtesy Everett Collection

No need to fear any crazy ex girlfriends breaking in with a machete. He’s so close with ex Kate Beckinsale, she even attends his birthday parties.


1. He survived the Underworld, Twilight, and Tron franchises…

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Walt Disney Pictures Courtesy Everett Collection

Sheen has proven able to slide between prestige roles and supporting parts in genre franchises where he somehow manages to remain dignified while wearing ridiculous costumes.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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