Creator / Michael Fassbender

"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. I want to take risks and keep myself scared."

Michael Fassbender (born 2 April 1977) is an Irish–German actor actor with a background in theatre whose feature film debut was in the fantasy war epic 300 (2007) as a Spartan warrior; his earlier roles included starring roles on television such as in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001) and the Sky One fantasy drama Hex (2004). He first came to prominence after starring 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 in X-Men: First Class, Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method, and Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre. 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.

He also may or may not be a shark.

Selected Works:

This actor's work provides examples of:

  • Male Frontal Nudity: Famously in Shame.
  • Man of a Thousand Faces: As said in the article quote, he enforces it deliberately by looking for new challenges in the roles he plays. He arguably has success; even if you are used to his face, the variety of characters Fassbender plays sometimes makes him difficult to recognize.
  • 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 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.
  • Younger Than They Look: He appears a few years older than his actual age, which extends to a lot of his characters.