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When it came time to cast the film version of Frost/Nixon, Michael Sheen had one valuable fan in his corner: the show's playwright, Peter Morgan. "Peter had said he would only give the film to someone who would cast me as Frost," Sheen says. "Which is basically blackmail, and not exactly how you want to get a part." Morgan had good reason to lobby for the actor. In addition to Frost/Nixon, Sheen has appeared in three of the writer's works and has consistently hit it out of the park. Their collaboration began with the 2003 TV movie The Deal, in which Sheen portrayed Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain. He reprised the role opposite Helen Mirren as the title character in 2006's Oscar-winning The Queen. And in 2009, Sheen will star as soccer coach Brian Clough in The Damn United, scripted by Morgan. Sheen also plans to play Blair »

- Jenelle Riley

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