Michael Fassbender – MovieActors.com
About Michael Fassbender (1977 – )
MovieActors.com congratulates Michael Fassbender, for his 2016 Best Actor Nomination for his performance in STEVE JOBS.
Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany, in Germany. His mother, Adele, is from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland, and his father, Josef Fassbender, is German. According to Fassbender "family lore," his mother is the great-grand-niece of Michael Collins, an Irish leader during the War of Independence. When he was two years old, his parents moved to Killarney, County Kerry, in the Republic of Ireland, where they ran the West End House, a restaurant where his father worked as a chef. Fassbender was raised Catholic, and served as an altar boy at the church his family attended. He has an older sister, Catherine, who works at the University of California, Davis as a neuropsychologist.
Fassbender and his sister spent summer holidays in Germany, and he speaks German fluently. He attended Fossa National School, and St. Brendan's College, both in Killarney, County Kerry. He discovered he wanted to be an actor at age 17 when he was cast in a play by Donal Courtney. At 19, he moved to London to study at the Drama Centre London. In 1999 Fassbender dropped out of the Drama Centre and toured with the Oxford Stage Company to perform the play Three Sisters.
Before he found work as an actor, he had a period of doing "auditions interspersed with bartending stints, postal delivery". Fassbender's first screen role was that of Burton "Pat" Christenson in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's award-winning WW II television miniseries Band of Brothers (2001). He played the character of Azazeal in both series of Hex on Sky One and starred as the main character in the music video for the song "Blind Pilots," by the British band The Cooper Temple Clause. In the video, he plays the part of a man out with friends on a stag night who slowly transforms into a goat due to wearing a cowbell necklace.
Fassbender played Jonathan Harker in a ten-part radio serialization of Dracula produced by BBC Northern Ireland and broadcast in the Book at Bedtime series between 24 November and 5 December 2003. He was also seen in early 2004 in a Guinness television commercial, The Quarrel, playing a man who swims across the ocean from Ireland to apologize personally to his brother in New York; this commercial won a gold medal at the 2005 FAB Awards.
During the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fassbender played Michael Collins in Allegiance, a play by Mary Kenny based on the meeting between Collins and Winston Churchill. In addition, he produced, directed, and starred in a stage version of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, along with his production company.
He appeared in Angel (UK title: The Real Life of Angel Deverell), about the rise and fall of an eccentric young British writer (played by Romola Garai) in the early 20th century. Fassbender plays her love interest, an average painter named Esmé. The drama—the first English-language effort by French director François Ozon and based on the novel by Elizabeth Taylor—premiered on 17 February 2007 at the Berlin International Film Festival and on 14 March 2007 in Paris. He then made a brief appearance in Dean Cavanagh and Irvine Welsh's Wedding Belles as Barney, speaking with a Scottish accent.
In 2006, Fassbender played the role of Stelios, a young Spartan warrior, in 300, a fantasy action film directed by Zack Snyder. The film was a commercial success. In preparation for his role as Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoner Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen's 2008 film Hunger, Fassbender underwent a crash diet that restricted him to 600 calories a day. He received the British Independent Film Award for his performance. One year after his success at the Cannes Film Festival with Hunger, he appeared in two films. The first was Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, in which Michael played the British officer Lieutenant Archie Hicox. The other film was Fish Tank directed by Andrea Arnold. Both films were critically acclaimed and Fassbender's work in them also well received.
In 2010, Fassbender appeared as Burke in Jonah Hex, a Western film. In an interview at San Diego Comic-Con International, a comic book convention, Fassbender commented of the role: "I kind of developed this character and really pushed it – I’ll see how far I pushed it ... I had this idea about the character, he’s kind of psychotic, he gets his kicks in perverted ways. I didn’t want to make it very obvious or like something you’ve seen before." Hex received predominately negative reviews. Responding to criticism of Jonah Hex in 2011, Fassbender commented: "Pretty awful, was it? I haven't seen it myself." He portrayed Quintus Dias in Neil Marshall's bloody Roman war-thriller-drama film Centurion. and was cast as 'Richard Wirth' in the Joel Schumacher film Blood Creek alongside Dominic Purcell. The story centers on a West Virginia man who comes to terms with his moral qualms and helps his brother wipe out a family that had been protecting a Nazi occultist and who had kept his brother captive for him to feed off for years. Fassbender played Edward Rochester in the 2011 film Jane Eyre, featuring Mia Wasikowska in the title role, with Cary Fukunaga directing.
Fassbender portrayed Magneto in the superhero blockbuster X-Men: First Class, the prequel to X-Men. Set in 1962, it focuses on the friendship between Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy) and Magneto and the origin of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. The film was released on 3 June 2011 to general acclaim and financial success and promoted Fassbender to being more of a popular movie star. In 2011, Fassbender starred in A Dangerous Method by director David Cronenberg, playing Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist Carl Jung. The film premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.
He also starred in Shame, as a man in his thirties struggling with his sexual addiction. Shame reunited him with director Steve McQueen and premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, where Fassbender won a Volpi Cup Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Brandon. Fassbender was a serious contender for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but he was not nominated, and according to various sources his full-frontal nudity and depiction of sexual encounters inspired voters "to fantasize, and not actually vote." Fassbender achieved critical acclaim for his performance in Shame and received nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Starring in the film raised Fassbender's profile leading to roles in larger films.
In 2012, he appeared as an MI6 agent in Haywire, an action-thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh, and in Ridley Scott's science fiction film Prometheus. Reviews praised both the film's visual aesthetic design and the acting, most notably Fassbender's performance as the android David. Fassbender played the title role in Ridley Scott's The Counselor, a 2013 film based on the Cormac McCarthy script. In 2013, he starred in 12 Years a Slave, his third collaboration with Steve McQueen. Fassbender's portrayal of Edwin Epps earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Fassbender reprised the role of Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past (released 23 May 2014), the sequel to X-Men: First Class. Fassbender stars in the title role in Frank (released late summer 2014), a comedy loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, a comic persona created by English comedian Chris Sievey.
Fassbender co-starred in Slow West, a western starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn, in 2015. He played Silas, an enigmatic traveller. The film has premiered at Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2015. Michael Fassbender took on the Shakespearean role of Macbeth in a film directed by Justin Kurzel, where he teamed up with Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. Filming for the production began in January 2014 and the film premiered in 2015.
Fassbender played late Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs in the Danny Boyle-directed film Steve Jobs, which began filming in January 2015, in San Francisco, U.S., and premiered in September of that year. The film is an adaptation of Walter Isaacson's book Steve Jobs. The screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin. Fassbender became attached after Christian Bale dropped out of the project.
In October 2015, he starred as Macbeth opposite Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth and David Thewlis as King Duncan in the film directed by Justin Kurzel.
Fassbender has filmed Trespass Against Us, with fellow Irishman Brendan Gleeson. He will also star in The Light Between Oceans, based on the novel written by M. L. Stedman and directed by Derek Cianfrance, which began filming in New Zealand in late September 2014, for theatrical release sometime in 2015.
Fassbender announced in November 2013 that there will be a sequel to Prometheus, where he will reprise his role as the android David. Production for the film is scheduled to begin January 2016. He will co-produce and star in the film adaptation of Assassin's Creed along with Marion Cotillard which is set for release on 21 December 2016.
Together with screenwriter Ronan Bennett, Fassbender has formed a production company, Finn McCool Films. Fassbender and Bennett are currently developing a film about the Irish mythological hero Cú Chulainn.
Shifting between European and North American films, Fassbender resides in east London, where he has lived since 1996. Michael Fassbender still lives in the same modest flat in Hackney, East London, that he has owned since his late 20s, when he was struggling to get enough work to make ends meet. He speaks German, though he stated before filming Inglourious Basterds that he had needed to brush up a bit on his spoken German because it was a bit rusty. He has also expressed interest in performing in a German language film or theatre production one day. Michael is a lapsed Catholic.
In 2011, Fassbender was in a brief relationship with actress Zoë Kravitz, whom he met on the set of X-Men: First Class. Fassbender confirmed he was seeing Nicole Beharie, his co-star in Shame in 2012, though by early 2013 the couple confirmed they had split. In September 2013, Fassbender started dating actress and model Mădălina Diana Ghenea, but they split in early 2014. Since 2014, Fassbender has been dating his The Light Between Oceans co-star, actress Alicia Vikander.
Michael Fassbender's movie credits include...
|2009||Blood Creek||Richard Wirth|
|2009||Inglourious Basterds||Lt. Archie Hicox|
|2011||Jane Eyre||Edward Rochester|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto|
|2011||A Dangerous Method||Carl Jung|
|2013||12 Years a Slave||Edwin Epps|
|2014||1: Life on the Limit||Narrator|
|2014||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto|
|2015||Slow West||Silas Selleck|
|2015||Steve Jobs||Steve Jobs|
|2015||Trespass Against Us||Chad Cutler|
|2016||The Light Between Oceans||Tom Sherbourne|
|2016||X-Men: Apocalypse||Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto|
|2016||Assassin's Creed||Callum Lynch and Aguilar|
Michael Fassbender's television credits include...
|2001||Band of Brothers||Burton 'Pat' Christenson|
|2001||Hearts and Bones||Hermann|
|2002||NCS: Manhunt||Jack Silver|
|2002||Holby City||Christian Connolly|
|2004||A Bear Named Winnie||Lt. Harry Colebourn|
|2004||Gunpowder, Treason & Plot||Guy Fawkes|
|2004||Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder||Charles Bravo|
|2004||Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking||Charles Allen|
|2005||Murphy's Law||Caz Miller|
|2005||Our Hidden Lives||German POW|
|2005||William and Mary||Lukasz|
|2006||Agatha Christie's Poirot||George Abernethie|
|2006||Trial & Retribution||Douglas Nesbitt|
|2008||The Devil's Whore||Thomas Rainsborough|
“You know, I spent a lot of time out of work. Now I'm trying to make hay while the sun is shining.”
“We live in this society where nowadays if I want something, I take it, I eat it - it's so easy and readily available. When you take all that away, you actually become more appreciative of the things around you. I don't want to do it again, but there is a level where it humbles you in a good way.”
“In drama school, they don't think of movies as a pure form like theater, and it's films that I love most. There's an intimacy in movies - I wanted to have the same impact on others that movies had on me.”
“[on Quentin Tarantino] You know the man eats, breathes, lives film. You could bring up the most obscure movie, like some fuckin' Swedish film from 1963 or whatever and he'll know it. It's quite staggering, actually, he is an encyclopedia of knowledge.”
“For me, Daniel Day-Lewis is in a league of his own. I think that he's amazing. And he's always been a benchmark of excellence.”
“[on what attracted him to Jane Eyre] It's a classic, and the reason people keep doing it is because there are so many things that seem to still resonate with audiences today. They like to disappear in that world. I did it because my mother and my sister are really big fans of the book, and I wanted to see what they would think of the "Rochester" that I would bring to the table. ”
Did You Know
He went on a diet of berries, nuts and sardines for his role in Hunger (2008) for which he lost 33 pounds.
Michael's last name - Fassbender (a variant of Fassbinder) - is German for "cooper," a binder or repairer of casks and barrels.
Has an older sister named Catherine, who is a neuropsychologist.
He speaks German, though he has stated that he needed to brush up a bit on his spoken German before filming Inglourious Basterds, as it was a bit rusty. He has also expressed interest in performing in a German-language film or theater production one day.
Despite achieving worldwide fame and success, he still lives in the same modest flat in the Hackney area of London that he had when he was a struggling actor.
Somewhat at odds with his role as Steve Jobs, Michael himself admits to still preferring his years-old iPhone 4 with a cracked screen over upgrading to a newer model.