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01/04/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michael Sheen Talks Stage-To-Screen Role As David Frost

Michael Sheen, who played talk show host David Frost both on stage and now in the upcoming screen version of "Frost/Nixon," knows that the transition can be scary.

"The great joy and fear about working in front of a camera is that it picks up everything," said Sheen. He rejoined his stage costar Frank Langella for director Ron Howard's adaptation of Peter Morgan's acclaimed play about the 1977 interviews that revived Frost's career and humanized a disgraced Nixon. The film opens Friday.

So when Frost's cheerily sly grin dissipates on screen or a glimmer of despair flashes across his eyes as he bears the weight of turning his hard-won interview with Nixon into great TV, moviegoers see things that theater audiences in London and New York -- outside the first few rows -- didn't get to see.

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