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Rich Sheen To Manics' New Video - South Wales Echo, 31st August 2010

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Title: Rich Sheen To Manics' New Video
Publication: South Wales Echo
Date: Tuesday 31st August 2010


Manic Street Preachers have unveiled the video for their long-awaited new single in which Michael Sheen shares a steamy clinch with the actress Anna Friel.

The clip for the Blackwood band's song (It's Not War) - Just The End of Love - released on September 13 and taken from their forthcoming 10th album Postcards From A Young Man - sees the Frost-Nixon actor play a chess champion in a loose remake of the East versus West Cold War-era chess encounter between US chess champion Bobby Fischer and Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky. Former Brookside star Friel plays his Russian opponent.

With the band playing the match's adjudicating panel, we see the pair in a tense stand-off over the chequered board and a frustrated Sheen - who is flying a Welsh flag on his side of the table - storming around the auditorium angrily turning the cameras away from him.

But then Friel grabs him by his tie and kisses him, sending the chess pieces flying.

Bassist Nicky Wire has called it "possibly the best Manics video ever".