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Michael Sheen might give up acting for politics in future, but not yet

Masters of Sex and Passengers star Michael Sheen says he might step back from Hollywood at some point to focus on politics, but not quite yet.

While promoting new film Passengers, Welsh actor told Times of London he wants to fight 'fascistic' politics

Actor Michael Sheen says he's not leaving Hollywood quite yet, contrary to a recent article in which he was quoted as saying he wanted to take a break from acting to focus on politics. (Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)

Masters of Sex and Passengers star Michael Sheen says he might step back from Hollywood at some point to focus on politics, but not quite yet.

"Before this gets ridiculous, I said I'm thinking I might start acting less and maybe even stop for a while at some point but don't know yet," the Welsh actor tweeted on Saturday.

The post was in response to an article in the Times of London suggesting that Sheen is taking a break from the screen to put his efforts into the "massive urgency" of the "demagogic, fascistic" direction of politics he believes is taking place in the Western world.

Sheen has been active with causes in the past involving homelessness, fracking and access to information, among others. Sheen's partner, comedian Sarah Silverman, campaigned for U.S. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

"It's not lost on me that the way I talk about acting now is also the way I talk about political things," he was quoted as saying in The Times. "The greatest service you can do is to serve the whole, is to serve the story that you're a part of."

As a result, the Golden Globe nominee found himself bombarded with questions on social media about a possible hiatus from acting and his political views.

"Talked about general world rise of anti-democratic forces," he said in another tweet. "Must be stopped."