‘Tron Legacy’ Role A Dream Come True For Michael Sheen

Not much longer now. In six more months we’ll finally get to see the awe-inducing glory of Disney’s “Tron Legacy.” I have no reservations about expressing my unabashed excitement for this movie. The original is a childhood favorite and this new one, based on the trailer and everything else that I’ve seen, has me totally sold. Now I know there’s someone else who shares my excitement: “Twilight” star Michael Sheen.

I spoke to Sheen recently about his role in the new HBO film “The Special Relationship,” which brings an end to his Tony Blair trilogy, and of course I had to ask for some info on “Tron.”

“I’ve only seen what everyone else has seen so far,” he said. “Everything I’ve said so far, in terms of giving away facts about the character and facts about the story, I’ve said everything that I’m allowed to say. So I can’t reveal anything more. They keep you on a very tight leash with stuff like this.” Fair enough. But what he can discuss is his excitement about being part of the movie, which runs pretty high.

“I’m a fan first and foremost,” he said. “That’s a big part of why I wanted to do it, because I was such a fan of the first film. I was like 11 when it came out and it just blew me away. I never thought– if someone could go up to that 11-year-old boy in the cinema, when my uncle Russell took me to see the film, and said ’You’re going to be in the sequel to this.’ …It would just be incredible.”

Hearing Sheen go on about “Tron” from there is very endearing. He really does revert to that 11-year-old boy when talking about it and what a thrill for him it is to be involved. “I still felt like that a little bit when I walked onto the set on the first day, I still felt like that little 11-year-old boy going ’Oh my god, I’m gonna get to be in this film!’ And the sets and there was new technology invented for the costumes and for the filming techniques… it was just amazing to be a part of it,” he gushed.

“And on top of all that to work with Jeff Bridges as well, who is one of my favorite actors of all time. So I’m just really excited about it… and to get crazy white hair, which I’ve always wanted.”

This kind of excitement is infectious, right? How much are you anticipating the release of “Tron Legacy”?