Michael Fassbender
Irish-German actor
Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender is an Irish actor of Northern Irish and German parentage. He is perhaps best-known for having played Lieutenant Archie Hicox in the war film Inglourious Basterds (2009), directed by Quentin Tarantino; and Magneto in the superhero film X-Men: First Class (2011).
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Rooney Mara And Ryan Gosling's Meet-Cute Gets Complicated In 'Song To Song' Trailer
Huffington Post - 6 days
At first glance, the “Song to Song” trailer is surprisingly happy for a Terrence Malick movie. Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling play smiley lovers floating through the Austin music scene, and that’s about all we know about the drama, which opens March 17. Yet Mara and Gosling’s flirtations are scored by Del Shannon’s “Runaway,” with lyrics like, “I wonder what went wrong with our love.” It looks like Michael Fassbender is on hand to shake up their picturesque romance, at least when he isn’t pouring olive oil into Natalie Portman’s mouth. Whatever is happening here, we’re in. “Song to Song” marks Malick’s third feature in as many years, following “Knight of Cups” and the IMAX evolution documentary “Voyage of Time.” Before that, Malick made “To the Wonder,” “The Tree of Life,” “The New World” and a bunch of cinematic classics that you should revisit. Watch the “Song to Song” trailer above. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and us ...
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Michael Fassbender Is an Outlaw, and Family Man, in ‘Trespass Against Us’
Wall Street Journal - about 1 month
In the new film “Trespass Against Us,” Michael Fassbender plays an illiterate outlaw who struggles to create a normal life for his kids amid opposition from his own lawless father. The movie, which opens in the U.S. today, is inspired by the BBC documentary, “Summer With the Johnsons,” about an actual family of British outlaws in […]
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Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson lock horns in the scrappy crime caper 'Trespass Against Us'
LATimes - about 1 month
The title of “Trespass Against Us,” Adam Smith’s sloppily energetic debut feature, is both a reference to the Lord’s Prayer and a warning to those who would dare cross the Cutlers, a makeshift family of Irish travelers. The clan’s grizzled old patriarch, Colby (Brendan Gleeson), is one of those...
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The First 'Alien: Covenant' Trailer Is A Terrifying Holiday Treat
Huffington Post - 2 months
The first official trailer for Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” that dropped late Saturday night is a real festive treat for sci-fi fans.  “Covenant” is the sixth film in the movie franchise and takes place after 2012’s “Prometheus,” but before the events of the 1979 original film. It follows the crew of a colony ship, “bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world.” The film stars Michael Fassbender, who is reprising his role as David the android, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, James Franco, Jussie Smollett, and Billy Crudup. “Alien: Covenant” hits theaters May 19, 2017. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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WATCH: Michael Fassbender Sings Patsy Cline's "Crazy"
ABC News - 2 months
Fassbender appears on "Popcorn With Peter Travers" to talk about his role in the video game flick "Assassin's Creed."
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Michael Fassbender talks gaming skills, 'Assassin's Creed'
Fox News - 2 months
Long-awaited film adaptation
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‘Assassin’s Creed’ review roundup: Video game movies are still terrible
Yahoo News - 2 months
I can't imagine that many people were genuinely holding out hope for  Assassin's Creed  to break the mold and become one of the first watchable video game movie adaptations in history, but for those of you who were, I'm sorry to report that the critical reaction has been as negative as the rest of us assumed it would be. Having released throughout the United States on Wednesday night, reviews have begun pouring in for Assassin's Creed , and while it doesn't appear to have been as epic a disaster as some other video game adaptations, very few critics could find anything nice to say about the Michael Fassbender vehicle. Below, we've rounded up a few reviews from around the internet to give you a taste of the critical response to the movie. For any of you who were planning on seeing the movie this weekend: I'm sorry. ABC News David Blaustein of ABC News didn't mince words in his review: "It’s all fun to look at but there’s nothing that will make you care about the characters, or really mak ...
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Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Whisks Michael Fassbender to 1492 Spain
NYTimes - 2 months
Mr. Fassbender plays a convict who experiences the actions of his assassin ancestor in this time-bending film based on the video game of the same name.
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Video game adaptation 'Assassin's Creed' chases violence across the ages
LATimes - 2 months
In 2015, director Justin Kurzel and actors Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard teamed for a prestigious cinematic adaptation, a bloody, mad take on “Macbeth.” Taking on the popular video game “Assassin's Creed” seems like quite the left turn, and while the results aren't as striking as the...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Fassbender
  • 2016
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 2015
    Age 37
    In 2015, Fassbender was announced in The Snowman, an adaptation of a Jo Nesbø book directed by Tomas Alfredson and co-starring Rebecca Ferguson and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
    More Details Hide Details Filming began in January 2016 and the film will hit theaters in 2017. 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 Hackney, London, where he has lived since 1996. Fassbender still lives in the same flat in Hackney, East London, that he has owned since his late 20s, when he was struggling actor. 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. He is a lapsed Catholic.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. His performance saw him nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. 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 and David Thewlis as King Duncan. Filming for the production began in January 2014 and the film premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Fasbender once again played Magneto in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse.
    Fassbender co-starred in Slow West, a western starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn, in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details He played Silas, an enigmatic traveller.
    In 2015, he produced the western Slow West, in which he also starred.
    More Details Hide Details Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, West 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 is 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, a constituent school of Central Saint Martins.
    In 2015, he portrayed Steve Jobs in the Danny Boyle-directed biopic of the same name, and played Macbeth in Justin Kurzel's adaptation of William Shakespeare's play.
    More Details Hide Details For the former, he has received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG nominations.
  • 2014
    Age 36
    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 a 2 September 2016 release.
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  • 2013
    Age 35
    In November 2013, Fassbender announced a sequel to Prometheus, titled Alien: Covenant, in which he will reprise his role as the android David.
    More Details Hide Details Principal photography for the film began in April 2016.
    In September 2013, Fassbender started dating actress and model Mădălina Diana Ghenea, but they split in early 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Since December 2014, he has been dating Swedish actress Alicia Vikander. They met on the set of The Light Between Oceans. Selected filmography
    In May 2013, he had a brief relationship with British Olympian Louise Hazel.
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    In 2013, he starred in 12 Years a Slave, his third collaboration with Steve McQueen.
    More Details Hide Details 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 played the title role in Ridley Scott's The Counselor, a 2013 film based on the Cormac McCarthy script.
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    In 2013, his role as slave owner Edwin Epps in the slavery epic 12 Years a Slave was similarly praised, earning him his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, Fassbender appeared in another Ridley Scott film, The Counselor.
  • 2012
    Age 34
    Fassbender confirmed he was seeing Nicole Beharie, his co-star in Shame in 2012, though by early 2013 the couple confirmed they had split.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Reviews praised both the film's visual aesthetic design and the acting, most notably Fassbender's performance as the android David.
  • 2011
    Age 33
    In 2011, Fassbender was in a brief relationship with actress Zoë Kravitz, whom he met on the set of X-Men: First Class.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 portrayal 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 2011, Fassbender starred in A Dangerous Method by director David Cronenberg, playing Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist Carl Jung.
    More Details Hide Details The film premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.
    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.
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    Fassbender played Edward Rochester in the 2011 film Jane Eyre, featuring Mia Wasikowska in the title role, with Cary Fukunaga directing.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Responding to criticism of Jonah Hex in 2011, Fassbender commented: "Pretty awful, was it?
    More Details Hide Details 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 centres 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.
    In 2011, Fassbender debuted as the Marvel Comics antihero Magneto in X-Men: First Class, and went on to share the role with Ian McKellen in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), and reprise it again in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
    More Details Hide Details Also in 2011, Fassbender's performance as a sex addict in Shame, for which he received the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards.
  • 2010
    Age 32
    In 2010, Fassbender appeared as Burke in Jonah Hex, a Western film.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2008
    Age 30
    From 2008 to 2009, he dated American model Leasi Andrews.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 he 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.
  • 2006
    Age 28
    From 2006 to 2008, Fassbender dated singer Maiko Spencer, they lived together in London.
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    In 2006, Fassbender played the role of Stelios, a young Spartan warrior, in 300, a fantasy action film directed by Zack Snyder.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a commercial success.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2004
    Age 26
    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 apologise personally to his brother in New York; this commercial won a gold medal at the 2005 FAB Awards.
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  • 2003
    Age 25
    Fassbender played Jonathan Harker in a ten-part radio serialisation of Dracula produced by BBC Northern Ireland and broadcast in the Book at Bedtime series between 24 November and 5 December 2003.
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  • 1999
    Age 21
    In 1999, he dropped out of the Drama Centre and toured with the Oxford Stage Company to perform the play Three Sisters.
    More Details Hide Details Before Fassbender found work as an actor, he had a period of doing "auditions interspersed with bartending stints, and postal delivery". His first screen role was that of Burton "Pat" Christenson in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's award-winning 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.
  • 1977
    Born on April 2, 1977.
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