Sheen: I prefer playing a vampire

Press Association13 November 2012

Michael Sheen has revealed that he would rather portray a blood-sucking vampire than a werewolf.

The Welsh star, who appears as Volturi vampire Aro in the Twilight Saga, previously transformed into the wolf-like creature for the Underworld films, where he played Lycan werewolf Lucian.

"As a werewolf, you spend a lot of time being very dirty, and a bit smelly, and in a lot of leather - far more leather than any British actor should ever wear," he quipped.

"Whereas as a vampire, you get nicer tailoring, you get a bit cleaner. You are a bit pasty, it's true, but then as Brits, we're used to that."

The actor couldn't wait to bring out Aro's maniacal laugh for the last film.

"For a character who is so unpredictable - you never quite know where you are with him and what's going on with him - I like the idea that there was one moment when you heard his true nature," he said.

"And in the laugh, this out of control and hysterical craziness, you do. I wasn't sure if anyone would let me do it because it's quite extreme. But I liked that because he does play this false persona so much and has this very soft voice, I wanted something that cut through to what was actually true - like a flash of lightning," he added.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 will premiere in London tomorrow, before it opens in cinemas on November 16.

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