Michael Sheen

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"Masters of Sex" star Michael Sheen talks about his role as Dr. William Masters, a pioneering sex researcher in the 1950s. (6:03)

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY,MY GUEST TONIGHT PLAYS A

RESEARCHER OF HUMANSEXUALITY IN THE SHOWTIME

SERIES MASTERS OF SEX.

I ASSUMED HE RESEARCHED HISPART BY WATCHING A LOT OF

CINEMAX.

PLEASE WELCOME MICHAELSHEEN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANKS FOR COMING ON.

>> ALL RIGHT, I AM ANENORMOUS FAN, AN ENORMOUS

FAN OF YOURS.

I WILL BRING OUT THE GUNSLATER BUT FIRST I WANT TO

SAY, I REALLY LIKED YOU, ISAW YOU ON FROST/NIXON

ON BROADWAY, INCREDIBLE.

OBVIOUSLY PEOPLE KNOW YOUFROM THE QUEEN, MIDNIGHT IN

PARIS.

YOU CURRENTLY STAR IN SHOWTIME'S MASTERS OF SEX, NOW

IN ITS SECOND SEASON,SUNDAYS AT 10 P.M.

THE MORE IMPORTANTLY YOU'REA WELSHMAN, CORRECT.

>> I AM FIRST AND FOREMOST AWELSHMAN

>> Stephen: IF ANY MOMENTYOU WANT TO BREAK INTO A

COAL MINING DITTY OR SING MENOF HARLECH, I AM HERE FOR YOU.

♪ MEN OF HARLECH, STAND YESTEADY ♪ WE MUST ALWAYS BE AT

READY ♪♪.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERYMUCH.

>> NOW LISTEN, I'VE ALWAYSWANTED TO SING THAT WITH A

WELSHMAN, THANK YOU VERYMUCH.

OKAY, MASTERS OF SEX, DO YOUPLAY TONY BLAIR IN THIS ONE

TOO?

>> I DO.

TONY BLAIR.

>> Stephen: I CAN'T PICTURETONY BLAIR HAVING SEX,

FRANKLY.

>> THAT COULD NEVER BEPICTURED, SURELY

>> Stephen: NOW TELL THEPEOPLE MASTERS AND JOHNSON

ARE THE PEOPLE THIS IS BASEDON SO THESE WERE REAL PEOPLE,

RIGHT WHAT WERE THEY TRYINGTO DO.

>> THEY WERE REAL PEOPLE.

VIRGINIA JOHNSON HAD NO MEDICALBACKGROUND. SHE TURNED OUT

TO BECOME DR. MASTER'S SECRETARY AND FOUND OUT THAT

HE WAS DOING SORT OF SECRETSEX STUDY BECAUSE IT WAS

VERY CONTROVERSIAL THIS WASIN THE 50s.

>> Stephen: BACK THEN IT WASJUST FiRM HANDSHAKE, GOOD

NIGHT, MADAME AND NINEMONTHS LATER THERE WAS A BABY.

>> A SHAKE OF THE LEG, ANDYOU'RE ON TO THE NEXT ONE

BUT YEAH, SO THEY WERE DOINGTHIS-- THIS SEX STUDY BUT

THEY HAD TO SORT OF DO ITBEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

BECAUSE OTHERWISE THEY WOULDBE OUTDOORS AND THAT WOULD

BE WRONG.

>> Stephen: WHICH IS ALSO ALITTLE SEXY.

>> YES.

AND SO SHE HELPED HIM WITHTHAT AND EVENTUALLY SHE

BECAME AN EQUAL PARTNER.

BUT OBVIOUSLY IT WAS VERYCONTROVERSIAL AT THE TIME.

>> Stephen: BUT KINSEY HADALREADY DONE SOME STUFF.

>> HE HAD.

BUT MAINLY RELIED ON ANECDOTALEVIDENCE

>> Stephen: LIKE I HEARDTHIS GUY ONCE DID THIS THING.

>> YEAH.

WELL THIS IS INTERESTINGBECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY

SO MUCH HAS CHANGED NOW.

WE'VE COME SUCH A LONG WAY.

WHEN I WAS IN DRAMA SCHOOL.

>> Stephen: OH MY GOD.

YES.

>> WE USED TO BE AFFILIATED WITHA MEDICAL SCHOOL DOWN THE

ROAD AND SOMETIMES THEY WOULDASK US TO COME AND IMPROVISE AS

PEOPLE WITH SOME SORT OF SEXUALDYSFUNCTION IN THEIR

RELATIONSHIP FOR THE DOCTORS TOLEARN FROM.

SO WE WOULD GET ALL THESEREAL CASES AND THEN WE WOULD

HAVE TO PRETEND WE WERE THENAND THEY WOULD HAVE TO WORK

OUT THE PROBLEM.

AND ONE TIME THE PROBLEM WASTHAT THE COUPLE, THEY

COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEYWEREN'T GETTING PREGNANT

AND IT TURNED OUT THE COUPLEWERE

HAVING SEX IN EACH OTHER'SARMPITS.

>> Stephen: WAS IT GOOD?

>> I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW HEHAS SEX IN HER ARMPIT.

IT'S HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTANDHOW SHE HAS SEX IN HIS ARMPIT.

>> HOW MUCH YOU HAVE TOLEARN, STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: THAT MIGHT BEWHAT SCISSORING IS

>> AS AN ACTOR DOING THIS,WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH DID

YOU DO. DID YOU HAVE TO DO ARIDE-ALONG?

DID YOU HAVE TO DO ANY SEXRESEARCH. DO YOU ENJOY THE SEX?

>> I DID THE SEX ONCE AND IHAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER LILY.

AS A RESULT.

>> ARE YOU CLAPPING FOR MYDAUGHTER OR THE SEX I HAD.

SO I DID IT THE ONCE IT WASLIKE GOING TO SCHOOL, ON THE

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL I WENT.

MY MOTHER SAID HOW WAS IT ISAID IT WAS LOVELY BUT I'M

NOT GOING AGAIN, BUT THATWAS SORT OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE

WITH THE SEX.

>> Stephen: BUT DID YOULEARN ANYTHING, BECAUSE

HERE'S MY PROBLEM.

HERE'S WHERE THE GUNS COMEOUT.

I THINK SEX IS FINE, I'M AFAN, OKAY.

BUT DO WE HAVE TO LEARNABOUT IT?

DOESN'T THAT TAKE SOME OFTHE MYSTERY OUT OF IT?

YOU KNOW, NOT KNOWING.

I KNOW I'M A GUY, I KNOWWHAT I'VE GOT.

AND THE GIRLS HAVE GOTTHE-- AND NEED WE KNOW MORE

THAN THAT?

I MEAN WHY DISSECT THERAINBOW.

>> THIS IS JUST THE ATTITUDETHAT WILLIAM MASTERS HAD TO

DEAL WITH IN THE '50s.

>> Stephen: AND BECAUSE HEDEALT WITH THAT, NOW WE KNOW

EVERYTHING AND NOTHING ISREALLY EXCITING ANY MORE.

BACK THEN THE SEARS CATALOGWAS A TURN-ON.

NOW THERE'S NOTHING ON THEINTERNET THAT DOESN'T MAKE

ME YAWN.

HAVEN'T WE GONE TOO FAR.

THAT WAS A FORM OF SEX,YAWNING.

THE SPECIAL PORNOGRAPHIC WEBSITES FOR PEOPLE THAT GET

TURNED ON BY YAWNING.

>> DO YOU HAVE -->> WE HAVE GONE TOO FAR.

I MEAN OBVIOUSLY SEX, WE ARENOW INUNDATED WITH IMAGES OF

SEX AND SEXUALITY ALL THETIME.

IT HAS BECOME BRANDED,IT'S BECOME COMMERCIALIZED.

IN SOME WAYS WE ARE JUST ASPRONE TO FEELING SHAME ABOUT

SEX AS IN ITS '50s WHEN THEYKNEW NOTHING ABOUT IT.

DID THESE GUYS GET INTROUBLE WHAT HAPPENED TO

HIM?

>> THEY GOT IN A FAIR AMOUNTOF TROUBLE, YES.

>> THEY WENT THROUGH VERYCONTROVERSIAL THINGS LIKE AT

ONE POINT THEY SAID THEYCOULD CURE SOMEONE FROM

BEING GAY.

>> HOW DID THEY DO THAT?

>> IT'S FOR A FRIEND.

>> TELL ME LATER.

>> MICHAEL, THANK YOU SOMUCH.

MICHAEL SHEEN, MASTERS OFSEX, SUNDAYS AT 10:00 ON

SHOW TIME.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.