Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Anthem Magazine interview with Michael

It's nice to get a preview tip and this one comes from Kee Chang of Anthem magazine. They had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Fassbender and she kindly emailed me a preview of the interview and revealed this gorgeous illustration of him done by Jenny Mörtsell.

Michael Fassbender is one big paradox. On screen, the mild-mannered 32-year-old projects the smoldering confidence of a Daniel Day-Lewis or Clive Owen. In person, with his slight brawny frame wrapped in a loose-fitting t-shirt, he seems far less robust. Sitting down for our interview, it becomes rather obvious from the get go that he’s the absolute antithesis of actorly pretension. Bursting at the seams with charisma and charm in equal measures, the Irish-German actor speaks as candidly about his past as a struggling actor living in London as he does about working with Quentin Tarantino on Inglourious Basterds.

Fassbender isn’t one to shy away from giving up everything for the camera—both in a literal and figurative sense. He shed a staggering 30 pounds in preparation for his breakout role as I.R.A. prisoner Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s Hunger in 2008. Not surprisingly, he continues to confound expectations by ducking stereotypes in favor of roles that skirt the edges. In Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, which nabbed the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2009, Fassbender plays a married man who seduces a 15-year-old girl. Next up are Jonah Hex and Single Shot where he’ll appear alongside Hollywood heavyweights like Megan Fox, William H. Macy, and Forest Whitaker.

Fish Tank gets its limited release on January 15.

Go to Anthem magazine to read the interview!

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