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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 and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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You Missed It, But Don’t Panic

Watch the 2017 Spirit Awards Right Now on the IFC App.

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The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards are over! Done! See you next year!
Moonlight won every award for which it was nominated, The Witch got some well-deserved rookie love, Nick Kroll & John Mulaney were perfect hosts, and Fred Armisen apparently died.

If you missed any of it, don’t freak. It’s 2017, which is the future. The magical immediacy of media technology will save you.

Watch the entire awards show, start to finish, on the IFC app or right here. RIGHT NOW. FOR FREE. Or, you know, whenever, because that’s the whole point.

If you’re still on the fence, don’t get comfortable. Here’s a sampler platter that’ll give you the flavor of everything that went down today. Fair warning: It’s real good.

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney

Perfect hosts. Perfect. Their opening routine was deadly funny, wicked smart, and invoked both David Lynch and Werner Herzog. A huge step up from the Academy Awards’ usual fart jokes, figuratively speaking.

Andy Samberg’s Surprise Cameo

We’ll never think of Eddie Vedder the same way again.

Best Supporting Female: Molly Shannon

Superstar! It’s been too easy to think of Molly exclusively in the context of her beloved characters, but her nuanced performance in Other People changes all of that. And man can she work a crowd.

Best Feature: Moonlight

This. Movie. We called it first, Oscar!

See the full list of winners here and enjoy the entire 2017 Spirit Awards now or anytime on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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