Vulture

Skip to content, or skip to search.

announcements

Michael Sheen Does It for the Children

In Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, which Disney will release on DVD September 21, Michael Sheen voices the father, Dr. Griffiths, a no-nonsense scientific illustrator. When we spoke with Sheen earlier this month, we asked him why a guy better known for playing British heads of state, vampire kings, and Liz Lemon's possibly fated husband would do a children’s movie. Turns out, just like every other actor who has ever gotten a paycheck for some lighthearted voice-over work, he’s doing it for his kids: “I’ve got an 11-year-old daughter, so I knew about the Tinker Bell films because she’s been a big fan in the past, and it seemed like an opportunity to be a part of the classic tradition of Disney films that involve fairies, London, Big Ben, and flying. I’m a sucker for all that.” So if you find yourself dozing off while your children happily watch the movie, you'll know why you're having weird dreams about Tony Blair debating a fairy about whether to go to Iraq.

Photo: Courtesy of Disney