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BP's Tony Hayward: Time for your Hollywood closeup

June 11, 2010 |  9:45 am


OK, he's actually a pretty suave-looking guy for a slippery oil baron, but if Hollywood ever gets around to making its gulf oil spill disaster movie, I think that there's one man born to play Tony Hayward.

Let's see if I can lay out his credentials for the acting gig: He's got plenty of experience playing real-life, not entirely likable, powerful players on the world stage; he's British, so no upper-class posh accent training required; he's already played a character who's actually more obnoxious than Hayward (the legendary British soccer coach Brian Clough) and, oh yes, he's pretty much of a Separated-At-Birth-style dead ringer for the guy. He is...

Michael_sheen Michael Sheen, of course. What do you think?

Photos, from top: Tony Hayward appearing on a BBC interview program last week. Credit: Jeff Overs / Reuters; Michael Sheen playing Tony Blair in HBO's "The Special Relationship." Credit: Nicola Dove / HBO/MCT