Saturday, June 26, 2010

Michael Fassbender IS Magneto

Michael Fassbender by Jennifer Taylor


It is official that Michael Fassbender has accepted the role of Magneto in the next X-Men movie! I'm tremendously excited about this. And it seems that loads of folks all across the Internet are excited about this too. And as Jonah Hex was a hex at the box office (no fault of Michael), this is another chance for Michael to step into the role of a comic book character as an anti-hero which will surely seal his Hollywood fate in a most awesome way. I was worried about him in late March, but that is a distant memory as he overcame a nasty false obstacle that proved to have no bearing on his true character and talent!

Filming is still ongoing with 'A Dangerous Method', and it appears that due to a demented stalker that is harassing Keira Knightley, the film set of this Cronenberg film (which he is historically known for running a very tight and closed set) is even more high on security alert, so there really has been no sight or sound from the principle actors. However, as per this translated article from La Nacion in briefly speaking with Viggo Mortensen, who plays Sigmund Freud, he talks about taking over the role from Christoph Waltz, and informs us that his character has a supporting role to Fassbender's Jung and Keira's role.

These days Mortensen has placed himself again in the hands of David Cronenberg, who directed him in A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. In this, their third chance to work together, the actor was called in to portray Sigmund Freud in A Dangerous Method.

"It won´t be the Freud we know from the photographs, because it will show a period of his life, during his fifties, with which people are not so familiar. The story is centered on the relationship with Carl Jung, on the breakup between the two therapists and, above all, on the place that Sabina Spielrein occupied in both their lives. In fact, the principal characters are Jung and this woman. Freud is a secondary character,” relates the actor who will share the scenes with Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds), who will be Jung and Keira Knightley as the lady in question.

"To prepare myself I read a whole lot of very interesting things. In addition, I went to Europe to see where Freud was born and worked. I’m grateful to Cronenberg for giving me this opportunity because, really, it was another actor that was going to do it, Christoph Waltz, who preferred to make big Hollywood films,” comments the somewhat disconcerted Mortensen.

One of the blockbusters that Waltz, who won the Oscar for his role in Inglorious Basterds, chose over Cronenberg’s [film] was The Green Hornet. “I don’t know why he did it, but his loss is my gain. I have the opportunity to film again with my friend Cronenberg,” says the actor, who also doesn’t rule out the sequel to Eastern Promises. “I liked the character a lot. At the end we don’t know if he’s on the side of the law or if he’s a criminal. Does he have to escape from the police, from the Russians?” Mortensen asks, hoping that the filmmaker films the answers.

- La Nacion


If you haven't seen Jonah Hex yet, I strongly suggest you get to the theater asap as I doubt it will be in theaters much longer. Michael's role is pretty cool, but he doesn't have a lot of screen time. However the brief time he is there, he doesn't let us down. He literally saves the film in most people's eyes. Meanwhile, Centurion is still set to be released stateside on August 27th.

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