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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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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Oh Mama

Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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Breaking News

From Canada With Love

Baroness von Sketch Show comes to IFC.

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Breaking news that (finally) isn’t apocalyptic!

IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

Baroness Von Sketch Show premieres later this summer on IFC.

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