Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Michael is not Dazed and Confused

That's just the name of the magazine that has interviewed him in lieu of the release of 'Hunger' on DVD. I found a great interview online of him with D & C, and I am familiar with this magazine, so I will scope out for it to see if there's more to it or it has images to go with it. But for now, here is most of the interview - my comments in red.

DD: Do you feel Hunger is a real zenith for you?
MF: I think it’s probably some of the best work I’ll, do and I ‘m glad I have one like that in the bank – you can go through your whole career and not have an opportunity to work with someone like Steve McQueen or opposite an actor like Liam Cunningham. I can remember turning to my dad at Cannes and saying, ‘Enjoy this because this is as good as it gets on every level.’

DD: What do you enjoy about exploring intense psychological profiles?
MF: I don’t know really, I enjoy plucking away at different psyches – at what makes different people tick, and through that process you learn a lot about yourself. I enjoy playing people living in real circumstances that have real flaws, and I think sometimes when you play people going through daunting journeys it can touch people in profound ways.

DD: What’s your role in Joel Schumacher’s forthcoming Creek all about?
MF: It’s about the Nazis and the occult. Hitler was using way out there stuff, opening up skulls and measuring the brain, it got really decadent and strange in the later years. My character in Creek is basically channelling all of this evil, and he unleashes hell on an American family. {I cannot wait to see this movie. His character sounds really evil and demented, and I think Michael will portray this guy really well.}

DD: And you play a WW2 British Lieutenant in Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards – does it feel strange to be working with such big directors?
MF: (Laughs) It feels great! Tarantino is amazing to work with. He creates a very fun atmosphere on set – there’s always music playing in between setting up shots, and there are some real characters around. It feels like a dream position to be in. I feel very lucky. {I hope Michael has a good amount of screen time. Tarantino is known for giving up and coming talent great screen time, so I hope he continues this with IG, regardless that Pitt is in this too.}

DD: Do you think it will all go to your head?
MF: (Laughs) I hate celebrity culture… it’s like we are suffering from some sort of virus in the West. I threw away my television and I don’t feel as polluted by it all anymore. The pressure there is to be successful in our society is weird… We are all made to feel like we need all this shit that we really don’t need. I think that produces a lot of anxiety. {Whew! I'm glad he hates celebrity culture. He seems too smart for it anyway. And I'm so glad to learn that he threw away his tv. This is excellent. He's not materialistic, and he's not being influenced by the biased media. TV sucks! Michael rocks!}

DD: It’s a scary world, as your role in Eden Lake showed only to clearly…
MF: Yeah, well it’s every man’s nightmare to be emasculated so quickly by a bunch of kids. London must be absolutely terrifying for old people. It’s a major problem really, because when you or I see a gang of hoodies coming we cross the road, and that just raises contempt – sometimes I think we’re losing a whole generation. {I think this is why the movie really freaked me out because it could happen and it probably has. The current generation of kids is a mess and I shudder thinking about how they will manage the world in 30 years time.}

This is an extended version of the article in this month’s issue of Dazed and Confused; Hunger is available now on DVD.

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