Friday, July 4, 2014

TGiF 704

Happy 4th of July to American readers... and I have a question for you. When you look at Michael Fassbender's face, does he look like an American to you, or does he look European?

He looks European to me. I can't put my finger on why he looks European, but he just does dammit, and not like some dude who lives in Kansas. I ask this because even though X-Men: Days of Future Past is a huge blockbuster, there's not as much buzz about Michael Fassbender at the present. Yes, it's an ensemble piece, yes, Michael's on the cover of June/July Details, and yes, Michael has been the topic of articles online, namely for his Frank film, and the upcoming Slow West, but, I still get the sense that because he doesn't have a very American sounding name, and he looks non-American, I wonder if the general public still views him as some fancy schmancy European actor.

He's known but because he doesn't live the "Look at me, I'm a Celebrity' lifestyle that People and US Weekly covets, he's ignored by them. Would it have hurt People to do a 1/2 page profile on Michael in May, June or July? They did one in January 2012, but that was 2 1/2 years ago. I suspect he's too European for them and until something cool, fun, and gossipy happens, they'll keep ignoring him because he's not American enough. Then again, maybe this is a good thing. I don't know, I'm dreadfully biased and I know he's awesome, and he just deserves a bit more fun free press from the popular American celebrity magazines.



Stephanie Czekalski said...

Happy 4th july to you Simone

For me Michael is 100% european, a perfect mix of Irish and German culture with a touch of English culture as he lived in London for a long time.

But it almost looks at home when he walks through the streets of New York.

LilishalalaH2O Diététique said...

I know what you mean and I prefer he stays himself instead of pleasing the American press by changing who he really is, his attitude or lifestyle..... Stay the way you are Michael, we love you this way!! :) Is it because I'm European (French) I talk like this?? Lol..... Oh

Marrilynn said...

It's not like that. Michael is amazing but he's not here in America so the tabloids don't get him as much.

I love him just the way he is though, even if he isn't printed as often. Thank God for the internet! TgiFassy!

Hupsakeek said...

I don't know what it is with Michael. In the Netherlands he isn't wellknown eighter. Perhaps we, as supporters, think he's more famous then he really is? Don't know. I like him with his down to earth mentality. And if the American press (or European press) don't like that..f*** them. They're starfuckers and if you're busy doing that,you don't see the special shining star who's sparkling on the big screen. To bad they all judge a book by its cover. If I was an editor I would go for something new/special or so just to stand out. But I'm no editor :-)

Martha said...

Michael is a big name amongst his peers though. The movie people know him. But yes I am disappointed that the press does not give him the credit that he deserves. He is a top grade actor.

A lot of people I know would not know him if not for me. :)
Something to consider is that because he is so versatile some people may not realize they are looking at the same person. If you look at pictures of five different roles he looks different:

Someday he will get the recognition he deserves. In the meantime he will continue doing the thing he loves the most. And we will continue to support him.

Snootiegirl said...

I think that the type of attention Michael wants most is from his peers in the industry. He lives an ordinary lifestyle aside from press junkets and red carpets. I don't lament that he's not a household name. I like that he's our special secret. As long as he's working, I'm happy.

As for how he looks, yes, European. And I think it's because a majority of the time, he looks put together. He says he has little to no fashion sense, but I think the average European man has more sense of style than the average American man. Sure, I've seen Michael in those rather ratty camp shorts, but when he knows that he'll be photographed, he wears a collared shirt, a smart belt, and well-fitting trousers. He grooms himself and carries himself with dignity and charm. He doesn't take himself too seriously either. Another European trait, I think.

Simone said...

Hey Snootie, you are spot on and I particularly wanted the opinion of a fellow American to chime in and state exactly what you wrote.

There are several things about Michael Fassbender that makes him standout as not an American male.

First, it's his facial features. Besides the auburn hair which tells us he has Irish ancestry, Michael otherwise looks straight up German. He's half German, but it's his dominant facial makeup. Here in America, all of us are so watered down, we're mutts of different nationalities, and that's cool and all, but when someone like Michael pops up, his appearance stands out someone whose ethnicity is restricted to one or two nationalities. I sound stupid so early in the morning before my cup of mate, but, he has a homogenous look.

anyway, he's also tall, very fit, and thin as a rail. Let's face it, the majority of American men are fat asses. Period.

Next, the way he dresses, all his clothes fit him well. Even when he's dressed casual for hanging out, he is well put together and clean. When he's on the red carpet, he looks like he should be on the cover of Vogue Homme.

I guess this is why I have a hard time finding a bf or husband, I'm destined to marry a non-American because sadly, most American men just don't impress me. I'm bored with them. Many Canadian and European men interest me so much more.

Snootiegirl said...

All too often, American men who are impeccable like Michael are slapped with the label 'metro'. So they avoid it, I imagine.