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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.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Wait, Is 'Slow West' The Best Movie of 2015 So Far?

Michael Fassbender

Slow West is kind of a slow burner. In terms of the attention it's receiving in Hollywood anyway. The release of John M. McLean's modern western has snuck up on us with little fanfare, though the critics are lauding the movie, which boasts a particularly strong performance from one Michael Fassbender.

Slow WestMichael Fassbender[L] and Kodi Smith-McPhee [R] in Slow West

Set at the end of the nineteenth century, Slow West follows 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeying across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. Fassbender plays Silas, Jay's fellow traveller. 

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'Slow West' Channels Michael Fassbender's Energy

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Michael Fassbender has always wanted to be in a cowboy movie, so he leapt at the chance to reunite with first-time feature writer-director John Maclean. The two previously worked together for three days on the 2009 short Man on a Motorcycle, so Fassbender came on board Slow West not only as an actor but also as a producer.

Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee in 'Slow West'Michael Fassbender has always wanted to play a cowboy in a Western

Maclean wrote the role specifically for Fassbender, who helped develop the script before filming began. "It was nice to see that journey through," Fassbender says, "as this was an idea that he'd had brewing for a good few years."

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Slow West Review


First-time feature filmmaker John Maclean takes a strikingly original approach to the Western, creating a realistic road trip for two very different men. Genre fans might wish it was more of a shoot-em-up (the massive final gun battle is astonishingly earthy), but it more than makes up for that with a strong sense of its characters and settings. And by shooting it in New Zealand, Maclean found an unspoiled, spectacular landscape that has its own memorable impact.

The story centres on Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a tenacious 16-year-old travelling from Scotland to find his beloved Rose (Caren Pistorius), who has moved to the Wild West with her father (Rory McCann). As Jay enters dangerous bandit country in Colorado, he meets bounty hunter Silas (Michael Fassbender), who offers to accompany him through the perilous forests and mountains ahead. What Jay doesn't know is that Silas used to be in the most feared gang in these hills, led by his old pal Payne (Ben Mendelsohn). And as they traverse the landscape, meeting various robbers and some angry Native Americans, Payne is never too far behind, because he's hoping they'll lead him to Rose and her father, who have a $2,000 bounty on them, dead or alive.

What makes this movie so engaging is the growing connection between Jay and Silas, who aren't quite as different as they seem to be on the surface. Smit-McPhee plays Jay as soft and naive, and yet his fearlessness shows a steely inner strength that should never be underestimated. Meanwhile, Fassbender gives Silas a jaded charm as the stranger who doesn't want anyone to know who he really is. While Jay wears his emotions on his sleeve, Silas clearly feels them just as strongly but has learned the hard way to keep them bottled inside. Especially while living in a place like this, where any true sense of civilisation has yet to take root.

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Macbeth - Clips

Macbeth is a Scottish Duke who is greeted by three witches following a victorious battle. They reveal to him a prophecy which speaks of him one day becoming King of Scotland, and not only that, but he shall not be killed by any of woman born. Poisoned by greed, he confides in his wife Lady Macbeth, who is equally consumed with fantasies of riches and royalty. She convinces him to kill the current King to gain power and succeeds, though not without a price. From that moment on, this noble man transforms into a tyrant bound by guilt and paranoia and willing to do anything to maintain his throne and keep his dark secret hidden. But the more he tries to find peace within himself, the more danger he is faced with.

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Macbeth - Teaser Trailer

After a long, hard battle, a Scottish Thane learns of a prophesy that will change his life forever. Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) is confronted by three witches, who inform him that he shall one day be king, and that no man born by a woman shall ever kill him. When another of their prophecies comes true, he confronts his wife (Marion Cotillard), who convinces him that he must murder King Duncan (David Thewlis). From there, Macbeth falls into the darkest depths of the human soul, as he betrays those he loves for power, and abandons his friends for the love of prophesies.

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Macbeth: Could This Be Michael Fassbender's Oscar Winning Role?

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Michael Fassbender is likely to have to pretty hectic awards season. He's been here before, of course, having scored major nominations for Hunger, Shame and 12 Years a Slave - all of which were directed by Steve McQueen. This time, it is the directorial talents of both Justin Kurzel and Danny Boyle that could define wins an Oscar, for his performances as Macbeth and the Apple entrepreneur Steve Jobs respectively.

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender stars as Macbeth in Justin Kurzel's retelling of Shakespeare's classic play

It is Macbeth that carries with it the most buzz. Kurzel crashed onto the scene with the magnificent and equally bleak and brutal Snowtown and the new trailer for Macbeth appears to carry with it the same brooding intensity. It co-stars Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, as well as Elizabeth Debicki and David Thewlis. 

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"Thrilling Savage" Macbeth Stuns Cannes Film Festival

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Macbeth, Justin Kurzel's new cinematic take on William Shakespeare's classic tale of ambition and desire, has premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to strong reviews. The movie, a likely Oscars contender, stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

MacbethMichael Fassbender plays Macbeth in Justin Kurzel's adaptation

"There is a lot of sound and fury in this Macbeth, but not without meaning," said Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian.

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Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard Bring A New Kind Of 'Macbeth' To Cannes

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Macbeth stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard arrived in Cannes on Saturday, as the film premiered as the final competition entry to be screened before the festival prize is announced tomorrow. The film is now said to be one of the top contenders for the coveted Palme d'Or prize, after impressing the critics with its new take on Shakespeare’s classic work.

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard at the premiere of Macbeth in Cannes.

Directed by Justin Kurzel, this Macbeth paints the Scottish warrior as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and dealing with a wife who’s haunted by the loss of their child. Michael Fassbender stars in the title role, while French actress Marion Cotillard stars as Lady Macbeth.

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68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender - 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Macbeth' - Photocall at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Saturday 23rd May 2015

Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender
Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender
Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender
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Marion Cotillard

Michael Fassbender Explored The Effects Of PTSD For 'Macbeth' Role

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One of Shakespeare's most famous plays (and, indeed, one of the world's) 'Macbeth' is on its way to the big screen, with Michael Fassbender in the long-coveted role of the eponymous Scottish nobleman, whose mind becomes poisoned by greed, fear and guilt.

Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth'Michael Fassbender stars as the tyrannical Macbeth

For an Oscar nominated star like Fassbender, such a prominent role might seem like an easy ride - but this is a character who's been continuously re-played over 400 years, so his re-invention came with its challenges. But Fassbender wasn't about to give up the opportunity to portray him on the big screen in Justin Kurzel's adaptation.

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Steve Jobs - First Look Trailer

Steve Jobs was an entrepreneur from the day of his birth and became one of the biggest technology pioneers the world has ever seen. Without any prior knowledge of programming, engineering or, indeed, any technical/computing experience of any kind, he set out to launch a computer with bucket loads of promise - all with the help and expertise of his friend Steve Wozniak. Little did they know of the tumultuous times that lay ahead, of how the resulting business would shape and damage Jobs' social and family life, and indeed his health.

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First Look At Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic: What's New About This One? [Trailer + Pictures]

Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs Danny Boyle

Universal’s crack at a Steve Jobs movie may have taken a while to find its footing, but it’s finally come together. The trailer, starring Michael Fassbender, is now out and available on YouTube. So, let’s talk about it.

Michael Fassbender in 'Steve Jobs'Michael Fassbender stars as Apple's Steve Jobs

Pros: directed by Danny Boyle, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Fassbender, it will probably be a very different affair to the Ashton Kutcher flick of 2014. Cons: It features an inspiring voice over by the lead character.

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A Week In Movies: Stars Turn Out For Awards And Premieres In LA And London, While Trailers Offer A Closer Look At Slow West, Terminator Genisys And Marvel's Ant-Man

Matthias Schoenaerts Kate Winslet Carey Mulligan Shailene Woodley Michael Fassbender Scarlett Johansson Miles Teller Rebel Wilson Paul Rudd Cara Delevingne Nat Wolff Arnold Schwarzenegger Emilia Clarke Robert Downey Jr Chris Hemsworth

The MTV Movie Awards caught the headlines this week, not for their offbeat winners but for the usual antics of the stars who were in attendance. Those on hand to walk the blue carpet included multiple winner Shailene Woodley as well as Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson, Miles Teller, Mark Ruffalo, Michael B. Jordan, Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff

2015 MTV MOVIE AWARDS - Sunday 12th April 2015

More: View the full set of pictures from The MTV Movie Awards here

Actually, all of the Marvel Avengers were at the awards, then reassembled two nights later for the Los Angeles premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens next week. This time the carpet was red, and attendees included Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Rudd and Paul Bettany. 

Film Premiere of Avengers Age of Ultron - Tuesday 14th April 2015

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The Trailer For Slow West Is An Impressive Teaser

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Michael Fassbender is seen by many film fans as a gritty, intense and intelligent actor and these characteristics can certainly be attributed to his latest film, Slow West - an action thriller western.

Slow WestFassbender and youngster Kodi Smit-McPhee are two intrepid travellers in Slow West

The German-Irish actor plays lone outlaw Silas who young, rich, out-of-his-depth Scottish Jay Cavendish stumbles upon when travailing the west in search of his lost love, Rose.

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Slow West Trailer

When a young boy in Scotland falls in love with young girl, he is prepared to travel across the world to follow her. When she travels to the United States, he follows her, and travels forever west in order to find her. In a lawless land where only the most deadly can survive, the boy, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is forced to team up with the mysterious Silas (Michael Fassbender), and work under his mentorship as they travel west together. The only problem is, that there is a bounty on his head, and a team of people desperate to collect it. 

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