Michael Sheen interview: Damned United

Michael Sheen

Hear our Michael Sheen interview where the award-winning actor discusses his role as Brian Clough in the film, The Damned United.

Episode 140 of the podcast features an interview with Michael Sheen, the star of The Damned United, the motion picture about the life of Brian Clough.

The Damned United is a 2009 British sports drama film directed by Tom Hooper and adapted by Peter Morgan from David Peace’s bestselling 2006 novel The Damned Utd, a largely fictional book based on the author’s interpretation of Brian Clough’s ill-fated tenure as football manager of Leeds United in 1974.

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Roger Ebert gave the film three and a half stars out of four, and praised Sheen for portraying “modern British icons so uncannily that he’s all but disappeared into them”. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film four stars, calling it “fresh, intelligent… [and] terrifically involving”, and also praised Sheen and Meaney’s performances.

After Damned United, author David Peace wrote Red Or Dead. Hear our interview with him about the book, which delves into Bill Shankly’s period as manager of Liverpool FC.

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