"What I find really interesting is to try and mix it up, to push myself and try different things. I don't want to stay in my comfort zone.Michael Fassbender (born 1977) is Cultured Badass: the man. He is a German-Irish actor with a background in theatre who starred in the 2008 film Hunger about the 1981 Irish hunger strike. While the film had a fairly limited release, Fassbender's intense performance got a lot of praise.He had a handful of other notable roles over the next two years, but things really took off in 2011. That year he played more coveted (and well-received) roles than many actors have in their entire career including Magneto, Carl Jung, and Mr. Rochester. He is known for his broodingly intense persona and dark charisma. While having a quick career turn is not uncommon for actors, few have been in so many high-profile roles so successfully. His career seems to be continuing strongly with roles in big films like Ridley Scott's Prometheus. In 2013 he returned to work with Steve McQueen, the director of Hunger and Shame, and played slaveowner Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave, a role he has garnered massive acclaim for, including nominations for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award.
I want to take risks and keep myself scared."
I want to take risks and keep myself scared."
— Michael Fassbender
- Band of Brothers (2001) as Burton 'Pat' Christenson
- Hex (2004) as Azazeal
- Poirot (After the Funeral, 2006)
- 300 (2007) as Stelios
- Hunger (2008) as Bobby Sands
- Inglourious Basterds (2009) as Lt. Archie Hicox
- Centurion (2010) as Quintus Dias
- X-Men film franchise (2011 — 2016) as Erik Maximoff / Magneto:
- Shame (2011) as Brandon Sullivan
- Jane Eyre (2011) as Edward Rochester
- A Dangerous Method (2011) as Carl Jung
- Haywire (2012) as Paul
- Alien franchise (2012 — present) as David:
- Prometheus (2012)
- Alien: Covenant (TBD)
- 12 Years a Slave (2013) as Edwin Epps
- The Counselor (2013) as Counselor
- Frank (2014) as Frank
- Slow West (2015) as Silas Selleck
- Macbeth (2015) as Macbeth
- Steve Jobs (2015) as Steve Jobs
- Assassin's Creed (2016) as Callum Lynch and Aguilar
This actor provides examples of:
- Actually Pretty Funny: Had this reaction when shown some of the fan art of himself and James McAvoy.
- Black Gal on White Guy Drama: Fassbender has dated a string of black and/or racially mixed girlfriends, and has stated in interviews that he prefers darker women. A small, but loud segment of his white female fanbase has reacted... poorly, to say the least.
- Even the Guys Want Him:
Russell Brand: The last time I did an MTV awards show, I did end up marrying someone that was there. So tonight, I'm gonna keep my eyes peeled for my next wife...FASSBENDER!
- At the MTV Awards 2012:
- On the set of Jane Eyre his stallion would get an erection every time he got on it. In Cary Fukunaga's, the director's words: "Obviously Michael's sexual prowess extends to the animal kingdom as well."
- Male Frontal Nudity: Famously in Shame.
- Man of a Thousand Faces: Even if you are used to his face, the variety of characters Fassbender plays and his ability to change his appearance and idiosyncrasy (he is described as not playing them, but more like becoming them) make him sometimes downright unrecognizable, leading to shocking realizations when you read his name in the credits.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In X-Men: First Class, his character is a German Jew (which is very important to the plot), but his accent is pretty uniformly still Irish. Interestingly, his performance was considered so good, that this aspect is often noted, but rarely criticized. Justified in that Ian McKellen (who played the older version of his character in previous movies) didn't exactly attempt a German accent either. This is only in the first film, as he adopts a British accent for X-Men: Days of Future Past - which ties First Class in with the continuity of the other films. So naturally he's matching Ian McKellen's accent.
- Averted during his German speaking part in the film; Fassbender speaks German fluently, due to being half-German, and the contrast to Kevin Bacon's poorly accented German is very noticeable to German speakers.
- His accent's also uneven in Steve Jobs, particularly at the beginning, although this is nowhere near as noticeable as in the above. Shame, too.
- Raised Catholic
- Verbal Tic: Has the tendency to say "sort of" and "you know" a lot in interviews. Watch an interview with him in it, and play a drinking game; you will be smashed by the end.
- Younger Than They Look: He appears a few years older than his actual age.