British actor sees Brown as Shakespearean tragedy

Michael Sheen, a cast member in the HBO film "The Special Relationship," poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif., Monday, May 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

May 12, 2010 8:51:01 PM PDT
The English actor who has played former British prime minister Tony Blair three times on screen sees the political fate of Blair's successor, Gordon Brown, in lofty dramatic terms.

During a Los Angeles interview, Michael Sheen said that Brown's situation would be a "brilliant kind of Shakespearean tragedy" if it didn't affect so many people.

Brown resigned after last week's election went against his Labour Party.

Sheen says Brown tripped on his tangled relationship with Blair and also in his repeated reluctance to make himself "vulnerable," including dragging his heels on calling a national election.

Sheen portrayed Blair in "The Deal," "The Queen" and in the upcoming "The Special Relationship," debuting May 29 on HBO and available later in Europe.