|Michael at the Montreal F1 race in 2013|
Like many of Michael's fans, I have grown weary and frankly, quite bored with the public relations of their relationship in order for the studio to market and promote a film I'm going to see anyway because Michael is in it. I tire of doing a Google search for 'Michael Fassbender', only to have the results be 99% on his co-star Alicia. I'm not a fan of hers. Again, I like some of her work, I'm aware of her, but I'm not a fan of hers. When I do an Internet search on Michael Fassbender, the subject of this blog, I don't want to be referred to articles on her. There is a massive lack of balance in the promotional benefits of TLBO that has greatly benefited Alicia more than Michael. The film comes out in a month, and besides some fun promotional things Michael did last week here in the States, Michael will not be on any of the all important September issues of the few men's interests magazines that he could have been featured on. Alicia got the grandest cover of them all - September's Vanity Fair issue. And this cover is to complement the several other high profile magazine covers she has received this Spring/Summer. Landing on the cover of VF signals to the world that YOU have arrived in Hollywood and are pretty much being ordained Hollywood Royalty. Where is Michael's cover? Why couldn't they be on the cover together, you know, to promote their love story and love story movie? An opportunity was missed here and it's really annoying to me.
|Michael will star as Tom in TLBO, out on September 2|
You mean to tell me that 499 celebrities have more visibility and PR awareness than Michael Fassbender? The rankings are skewed towards women (current 9 out of the top 10 are women), TV show stars, and celebrities currently in films that are playing in theaters. So what I'm getting at is that if this were a legitimate working and otherwise whatever kind of relationship between Alicia and Michael, why isn't her higher PR profile and constant mentioning of Michael not giving him the PR visibility that he deserves? Something is strangely amiss and it doesn't sit right with me. Why? I don't think Michael has been happy with the way the publicity has been presented for TLBO. I've been following his career for almost ten years and I know when he is truly happy and comfortable when he's doing film promotions, and he's not at his peak form with this project. I'm confident he is proud of his work on TLBO and he will turn out another fantastic performance. But it's the behind the scenes PR relationship shenanigans that has been going on for nearly two years that is not working out so well. A man who is so easily identified as a jolly and happy go lucky honest guy when he is with the people and places he wants to be, seems to be very guarded, reserved, with a forced toothless smile when he's doing promotional work with his TLBO co-star. Oh, he puts in good enough effort to fool the sea of the gullible and blind, and he meets the minimum requirements that he is obligated to, but underneath all that, I sense that he's stressed out, disengaged, and I feel bad for him.
|Michael as Callum in Assassin's Creed, out on December 21st|
I see a very bright future ahead for Michael. Even though some of the stress and disappointments of the past almost two years can be one gigantic teaching moment for him, hopefully this just made him a stronger human being, and more determined to do things his way as his career progresses. I sense that Michael will be taking the bull by the horns and participating in activities, making films, and hanging out with people that make him truly happy, and his honest happiness makes me happy for him.