Michael Sheen Declares Himself a ‘Not-For-Profit’ Actor, Donating Future Salary Profits
Actor and activist Michael Sheen announced he is now a “not-for-profit actor,” explaining that he will use the money he earns from acting to support social projects.
Sheen said the turning point was when he organized the 2019 Homeless World Cup where the £2 million funding fell through at the last minute, so he sold his own homes to cover the costs. This is when he realized he “came out on the other side” and that it would not “ruin” him to do such things.
“There was something quite liberating about going, all right, I’ll put large amounts of money into this or that, because I’ll be able to earn it back again,” he told the Big Issue. “I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor.”
The “Twilight” star says he wants to help others the way that so many people helped him. “I don’t want to just be someone who enjoys the fruits of what other people have done and then pull the drawbridge up,” he explained. “I’m at the stage of my life and career where I have a window of opportunity that will probably never be this good again. I’m able to get people in a room, I can open doors. I don’t want to look back and think, I could have done something with that platform. I could have done something with that money.”
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