Monday, August 27, 2012

Michael as a Power Point of an Irish-German Affair

Michael Fassbender was used in a very interesting article about the relationship between Ireland and Germany and it's people. I have known several Irish/German combo folks in my time, and they are an interesting blend of two different cultures. They are sexy, but sometimes have an internal conflict with their bi-cultural instincts.

From Fassbender to King Friedrich: the love affair between Germany and Ireland

Michael Fassbender is one of those rare things: a ginger German. With a father from Heidelberg and a mother from Larne, Co Antrim, he was born in Germany but moved with his family at a young age to Killarney, Co Kerry. He first rose to prominence in a TV ad for stout, as the man who crossed the Atlantic to raise a pint and heal a rift with a friend in Boston. Film roles followed, including 300, Hunger, Shame and, most recently, Prometheus. Asked by fans how he lost so much weight to play the hunger striker Bobby Sands in Hunger, Fassbender, with dry German humour, replied: “By not eating.”

In German interviews, Fassbender chats happily about his Irish childhood in Killarney, in particular his stint as a tardy altar-boy, regularly showing up late for Mass – with the keys of the church. In that sense, Fassbender seems to feel more like a tardy Irish Catholic than a punctual German Protestant. “In Catholicism there are these rituals and images: we have, if you will, a better show than the Protestants,” he told Germany’s Cover magazine.

Fassbender has brought sexy back to German-Irish relations, something sorely lacking since the days of Lola Montez. Born Eliza Rosanna Gilbert in Sligo, Lola caught the eye of Bavaria’s King Ludwig I (also pictured above) in 1846 by claiming to be an exotic dancer from Spain. Although married, the king took up with the girl from Grange, even making her the duchess of Landsfeld. Bavarian citizens put up with their king’s cavorting, but their patience snapped when his courtesan began meddling in state affairs. Ludwig was forced to abdicate and Lola had to flee. She never saw him again, but she remained a duchess. In those days, titles were a girl’s best friend.

To read more of this article, go to Irish Times.

If filming for The Counselor resumes this week in Spain, we should get photographic proof of it very soon. And then the following week, Michael and Ridley are expected at the Venice Film Festival where we should see a lot of pictures of him there, especially Ridley, in light of his recent tragic family news.
By the way, I watched A Dangerous Method for a second time last night... and try as I might, I was utterly bored with the film. None of the performances were bad, it was the dialogue that bored me. There were some key interesting moments of discussion between Jung and Freud, but beyond that, even as a psychology major, I was still falling asleep. I forced myself to stay awake to watch it to give it a fair shake, but, it just didn't keep me interested. They should have kept its original stage name, 'The Talking Cure', there was nothing "dangerous" about this film... well, perhaps, a danger of falling asleep.


émilie said...

Thanks for the article! I'm going to read it now. I think you're a bit harsh about A Dangerous Method! I agree it's a bit dull but the relationship between the characters was interesting, for me. And I need some news of The Counselor now!!

Simone said...

If you think I was harsh, you should read some of the reviews at IMDB, the overall score for DM there is 6.6 out of 10. I give it a 7.5/10. And its metacritic was in the less impressive 70s.

Like I said, some of the discourse was intriguing where Jung was thinking about, the whole synchronicity concept, and Freud was a more realist, and how their conflict developed. I got that, I knew that. But, something was really off about this film, and therefore, didn't keep my attention.

émilie said...

Wow, I really liked the article! Very thorough and interesting.

Simone said...

Here is what one commenter wrote about Michael:

Bob Moore-
Nice article, but a few comments, there are plenty of ginger Germans. There are also lots of Catholic Germans, particularly in the south. Micheal Fassbender is way more Irish than German, growing up in Kerry brands you for life!

Having visited Killarney, I can say that there is something about Co. Kerry that certainly does 'stick' with you.

Dionne said...

I think the project is really interesting, I would like to see him do it. fass as a cowboy *-*

As for the article, I dunno, I don't really like for people to sum up how others feel in a generalizing manner so i'll just leave it at: no comment.

redcatbiker said...

You said: "Michael Fassbender is one of those rare things: a ginger German."

Ginger Germans are not that rare. Have you never seen the German movie "Das Boot"? Well, in the main cast there are three ginger men.