HOLLYWOOD star Michael Sheen was ‘crucified’ in his home town yesterday in the culmination of a 72-hour Passion play that involved a cast of more than 1,000 people.
The 42-year-old actor, whose films include The Damned United and Frost/Nixon, took the leading role in the marathon National Theatre Wales production which had been more than two-years in the planning.
Sheen, the co-ordinator and creative director of the production, who starred as The Teacher, a modern-day Christ, yesterday wore a barbed wire version of the crown of thorns as he was led to the trial scene in the heart of Port Talbot before being “crucified” on the seafront.
On Saturday evening, he acted out the Last Supper at a social club, with musical support from Welsh rockers the Manic Street Preachers and Paul Potts.
More than 1,000 locals were recruited to take part in the three-day drama alongside performers from a small professional theatre group.
The cast also included Sheen’s father Meyrick who said: “Port Talbot has never seen anything like this.
“This has been an enormous project and Michael has been working 24/7 here for the last 13 weeks.”