Saturday 25 November 2017

Sheen: More to explore in Masters

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star in Masters of Sex
Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star in Masters of Sex

Michael Sheen has said there are more issues that could be explored in Masters Of Sex.

The Welsh star, who plays human sexuality researcher Doctor William Masters in the US drama, said if the show was renewed for more series, they could move through the decades.

"This is only season two. If we get to tell the whole story, we're going to be moving through time so much, and the culture that they're in changes so much, in a large part because of what they do, or certainly the area that they're involved in," he said.

"So it's going to change a lot in that respect. If you take the whole story, we're probably going to end up in the 80s and 90s."

The second season, based on Thomas Maier's biography Masters Of Sex, takes place between 1958 and 1961.

"At the end of the 50s and the early 60s, there are a lot of things bubbling under the surface that were going to break through potentially into the mainstream... So we were interested in exploring in this season, the margins of society, especially because Masters has been kicked out of the mainstream in a way," Michael explained.

"He's dealing in an area that is certainly on the margins, not the accepted norm, so now he's lost respectability in terms of working in the hospital."

The actor added: "He certainly is a product of his culture but part of the work he's doing is going to change his culture and he, in turn, will be changed by that culture. For a man who is so closed in so many ways and so frightened of vulnerability and intimacy, for him to be studying something that inevitably always leads back to intimacy is fascinating."

:: Masters Of Sex continues on More4 on Tuesdays.

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