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.