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Michael Fassbender (born 2.4.1977) Michael Fassbender is an Irish / German actor, known primarily for his roles in Inglourious Basterds and Shame.

Childhood: Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, West Germany, to Adele and Josef. His father is German and his mother is Irish. His parents moved to Killarney, County Kerry, in Ireland when he was two. There, they ran a restaurant, West End House, where his father worked as a chef.

After school, Fassbender attended the Drama Centre in North London. Now, he splits his time between working and living in London and Los Angeles.

Acting Career: Michael Fassbender's major acting break came when he landed the role of Burton 'Pat' Christenson in the award-winning series Band of Brothers. The series was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and among the actors in the cast, were James McAvoy, Kirk Acevedo and Dale Dye.

Fassbender went on to play the role of Azazeal in BBC America's Hex, with Laura Pyper and Christina Cole. He also appeared in a music video for the British indie rock band The Cooper Temple Clause. Turning his hand to radio work, Fassbender also appeared in a 10 part radio series of Dracula on BBC Northern Ireland.

2006 saw Michael raise his profile in the United States, when he appeared in 300. The film, directed by Zack Snyder, starred Gerard Butler and Dominic West.

In 2007, Michael Fassbender appeared in a film entitled Angel (in the UK, it was called The Real Life of Angel Deverell) about a young British writer, played by Romola Garai. It was based on a novel by Elizabeth Taylor and premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The following year, Michael Fassbender starred in Steve McQueen's Hunger. In preparation for his role (he played a Provisional Irish Republic Army prisoner, Bobby Sands), Fassbender was required to go on an extreme diet that restricted him to 600 calories a day. His performance was highly revered amongst film critics and led to further opportunities for him in the film industry.

Following the success of Hunger, Fassbender appeared in Inglourious Basterds and Fish Tank. The former was directed by Quentin Tarantino and starred Brad Pitt and Eli Roth. The latter was a British film, directed by Andrea Arnold and starred an unknown actress, Katie Jarvis. In 2009, he also appeared in the horror film Blood Creek, with Dominic Purcell.

In the 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre, Michael Fassbender played the role of Edward Rochester, along with Mia Wasikowska in the title role. He then landed another role in a Hollywood blockbuster, with X Men: First Class, a prequel to X men, set in 1962. It saw him share screen time with James McAvoy once more.

In the same year that X Men: First Class was released, Michael Fassbender also appeared in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method (in which he played the role of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung) and was reunited with Steve McQueen in Shame. Shame premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where Fassbender won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. In 2012, his performance in Shame saw him nominated for a Golden Globe but he lost out to George Clooney. Later in 2012, Fassbender appeared in Prometheus, a film directed by Ridley Scott. The film co-stars Noomi Rapace and Fassbender plays and android named David.



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Alien: Covenant Trailer


Ten years after the disastrous expedition that was Prometheus, another group of space explorers band together on the ship Covenant, hoping to uncover a previously untrodden paradise. Among them are Daniels, an expert in terraforming, and Walter, a synthetic android who looks like a replica of David though much more advanced. Unfortunately, the paradise they hoped for doesn't exist and instead they bump into David himself who is 'living' in a world full of terrifying creatures. The face huggers are back, the xenomorph is definitely back, and there is a sickness that threatens to engulf them all. 

Perhaps a dark prophecy of what's to come lies in the 'Last Supper' clip, where one of the crew members, Faris, starts apparently choking on her food as the pilot jokes, 'The food's not that bad'. The scene and the words themselves hearken back to the famous chestburster scene from the original 1979 film, where Kane suffers a grisly alien attack during the final meal before cryostasis. Thankfully, this time was just a minor choking incident, and Walter was on hand to save his team member.

'Alien: Covenant' is the second part in the new prequel series for the franchise, and the sequel to 2012's 'Prometheus'. Directed by the Oscar nominated Ridley Scott ('Blade Runner', 'The Martian') with a screenplay by John Logan ('Penny Dreadful', 'Spectre'), it has already made 7th place in the Most Anticipated Films of 2017 in the Indiewire Critics' Poll. The trailer features a sensationally eerie cover of Nat King Cole's 'Nature Boy' by Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora, and the film is set to be released on May 19th 2017.

Song To Song Trailer


The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two aspiring songwriters named Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling) become entwined in two overlapping love triangles with a major player in the music business named Cook (Michael Fassbender) - who encourages them to take their music careers further - and a charming waitress (Natalie Portman). As much as their lives are about making it in the industry and becoming world renowned successes, their lives get more complicated by disloyalty, temptation and infatuation with each other, pushing all of them ultimately further away. Can love last when betrayal lies at every corner?

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Michael Fassbender at the 69th Annual Director Guild Awards held at the Beverly Hilton - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 5th February 2017

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Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender

Billy Crudup, Miguel Sapochnik and Michael Fassbender at the 69th Annual Director Guild Awards held at the Beverly Hilton - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 4th February 2017

Billy Crudup, Miguel Sapochnik and Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender at the 69th Annual Director Guild Awards held at the Beverly Hilton - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 4th February 2017

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Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender and Ridley Scott at the 69th Annual Director Guild Awards held at the Beverly Hilton - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 4th February 2017

Michael Fassbender and Ridley Scott

Michael Fassbender at the 69th Annual Director Guild Awards held at the Beverly Hilton - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 4th February 2017

Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender

Trespass Against Us Trailer


Chad Cutler is an Irish traveller who entered a life of crime at a young age, following in the footsteps of his father before him, Colby. Now that his own son Tyson is growing up, he wants to show him the ropes. Teaching him to drive a car through the fields is one thing, though, and he's starting to realise that introducing him into a world of police chases and robberies is very much another. Chad is becoming disillusioned with the lifestyle with which his family is accustomed, and wants to find a new path for both himself and his child. While his mother Kelly is supportive of his feelings, she and everyone else knows that Colby won't hear anything about it. He needs to find a way to sever ties with his father, without unleashing hell on his own family.

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Assassin's Creed Review

Weak

Hopes were high that this film might finally crack the curse of movies based on videogames. There may have been some hits (like Tomb Raider or the Resident Evil franchise), but none has ever been critically acclaimed. So perhaps reuniting the cast and director of 2015's Macbeth might finally break the cycle. But while there's plenty of whizzy stuntwork, this film never finds a story or characters to grab hold of the audience.

In present-day Texas, death row prisoner Cal (Michael Fassbender) is executed by lethal injection and wakes up in a gloomy fortress towering over Madrid. He's been saved by shady businessman Rikkin (Jeremy Irons), whose daughter Sofia (Marion Cotillard) is a scientist experimenting with DNA memory. Rikkin needs Cal to travel back into his own history using a mechanical contraption called an Animus to find out where his 15th century ancestor Aguilar (also Fassbender) hid the Apple of Eden, which holds the key to controlling human will. But Cal discovers that he is the last in a long line of Assassins who have sworn to protect the apple from Knights Templar like Rikkin or his imperious supreme leader Ellen (the fabulously gloomy Charlotte Rampling).

The idea is a clever one, and director Justin Kurzel keeps the visuals grounded with action that feels earthy and real rather than digitally manipulated. Indeed, the combination of sleek sci-fi thrills with medieval fantasy horror is very cool. But there's one huge problem with the premise: all of the big fight sequences and eye-catching parkour acrobatics take place in distant history. Cal can experience these things, but he can't actually do anything, so there's no peril involved. Instead, we get endless explanations of the technology and historical inter-connections, which never quite make sense regardless of how much the characters talk about them.

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Michael Fassbender Was Fascinated By The Idea Of DNA Memory


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Michael Fassbender says he was ‘fascinated’ by the idea of DNA memory and exploring it in new movie Assassin’s Creed, based on the video game franchise of the same name.

Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in Assassin's CreedMichael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in Assassin's Creed

In the film the Irish actor plays career criminal Callum Lynch, who is forced to relive the memories of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, an Assassin during the time of the Spanish Inquisition.

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Michael Fassbender Hopes 'Trespass Against Us' Will Provoke Discussion


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Michael Fassbender took the time to speak about his lead role in the upcoming film Trespass Against Us.

The film, which also stars Brendan Gleeson, Rory Kinnear and Sean Harris, made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September. It is released in the United States on January 20th and in Britain on March 3rd.

Speaking at the BFI Film Festival recently, the 39 year old actor described the nature of the story, about a father who’s trying to break away from a crime family and do what’s best for his son, but keeps getting dragged back in.

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Assassin's Creed Challenged Michael Fassbender With Ideas And Physicality


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Fassbender has been involved in the project since the very beginning to develop the film and hopefully conquer the curse of movie versions of games.

He feels that reuniting with Kurzel helped make the process easier. "We enjoy working with one another," Michael says. "We understand one another, and you definitely wouldn't go back and work with somebody again if it wasn't a good experience the first time. And a shorthand does develop."

Michael Fassebender in Assassin's CreedMichael Fassebender in Assassin's Creed

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Assassin's Creed Trailer


Callum Lynch is a criminal facing the death sentence but is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to escape his fate by joining the mysterious Animus Project set up by Abstergo Industries. Abstergo is to its time essentially what the Knights Templar was in the 12th and 13th century, and want to hook Lynch up to an experimental piece of technology that will allow him to experience and explore the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha who lived as an Assassin in 15th century Spain. He's returning to the age of the Spanish Inquisition which means he must absorb the warrior skills of his long-dead relative - but that only means that he's developing the tools to take down the organisation that pose a threat to him in the modern day. 

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Not Sexiest Man Alive Material? Ryan Gosling And 9 Others Who Never Made The Cut


Ryan Gosling Leonardo Dicaprio Jamie Foxx Michael Fassbender Jason Momoa Gael Garcia Bernal Bruno Mars Jared Leto Jon Bon Jovi Tom Hardy

So Dwayne Johnson was named People's Sexiest Man Alive this year; a decision that has been the source of both praise and confusion. Praise because he's an excellent role model with enormous muscles and because he's mixed race, and confusion because all the obvious choices haven't been exhausted yet.

Here are ten more Hollywood heartthrobs who deserve to be named 'Sexiest Man Alive' sooner rather than later.

Leonardo DiCaprioLeonardo Dicaprio at the 2016 Oscars

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The Light Between Oceans Review

Good

With a sweeping, picturesque setting and emotive performances, this dramatic epic will appeal to moviegoers who enjoy beautiful imagery and weepy romance. On the other hand, those who get easily annoyed at melodrama will find all of this a bit thin and pushy. Still, no one will deny that it looks gorgeous, and that the cast performs with raw emotional intensity.

Set just after the Great War, the film follows shellshocked veteran Tom (Michael Fassbender), who has taken over the job as the lighthouse keeper and sole resident of the tiny island of Janus, where the Pacific and Atlantic meet. In the nearest town, 100 miles across the sea, he meets the beautiful Isabel (Alicia Vikander), marries her and moves her to the island with him. But their blissful happiness is shaken when she suffers two harrowing miscarriages. So it seems like fate is intervening when a boat washes ashore with a crying baby, which Tom and Isabel secretly adopt and pass off as their own daughter. Then a few years later Tom discovers the baby's real mother Hannah (Rachel Weisz) in town, and they're forced to grapple with the moral issues.

Tom, Isabel and Hannah all face increasingly difficult decisions as this story unfolds, and the events push every button carefully, removing much of the complexity from the situation. It's painfully clear what must happen, and many scenes are darkly disturbing as a result, especially as characters turn on each other, making some very selfish choices and showing unexpected compassion and understanding. Nothing that happens here is easy, and the actors invest the characters with plenty of passion, plus the complexity that's lacking in the script. Fassbender is stoic, Vikander is wrenching and Weisz trumps them both with her sympathetic yearning. There's also a terrific scene-stealing turn from the young Florence Clery as the daughter in question.

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Michael Fassbender

Date of birth

2nd April, 1977

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.83


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Michael Fassbender Movies

Alien: Covenant Trailer

Alien: Covenant Trailer

Ten years after the disastrous expedition that was Prometheus, another group of space explorers band...

Song To Song Trailer

Song To Song Trailer

The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two...

Trespass Against Us Trailer

Trespass Against Us Trailer

Chad Cutler is an Irish traveller who entered a life of crime at a young...

Assassin's Creed Movie Review

Assassin's Creed Movie Review

Hopes were high that this film might finally crack the curse of movies based on...

Assassin's Creed Trailer

Assassin's Creed Trailer

Callum Lynch is a criminal facing the death sentence but is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity...

The Light Between Oceans Movie Review

The Light Between Oceans Movie Review

With a sweeping, picturesque setting and emotive performances, this dramatic epic will appeal to moviegoers...

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X-Men Apocalypse Trailer

X-Men Apocalypse Trailer

X-Men Apocalypse comes as the ninth instalment in the X-Men film series and stars Jennifer...

Light Between Oceans Trailer

Light Between Oceans Trailer

The Light Between Oceans comes as a new drama film and sees the themes of...

Assassin's Creed Trailer

Assassin's Creed Trailer

Assassin's Creed sees Michael Fassbender cast as the protagonist Callum Lynch, in this action adventure...

X-Men: Apocalypse Movie Review

X-Men: Apocalypse Movie Review

This closing chapter of the First Class trilogy falls into the same trap as The...

X-Men Apocalypse - Teaser Trailer

X-Men Apocalypse - Teaser Trailer

Mutants and humans alike are familiar with the story of Apocalypse, he was the first...

Steve Jobs Movie Review

Steve Jobs Movie Review

Sidestepping arguments about accuracy, writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle take an artistic, impressionistic...

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