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On the Verge: Michael Fassbender

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On the Verge: Michael Fassbender Empty On the Verge: Michael Fassbender

Post by Admin on Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:25 am

Last year, he racked up awards and critical praise for his turn as an Irish Republican hunger striker in “Hunger” and played it smooth with the impressive ensemble cast of “Inglorious Basterds” as undercover operative Lieutenant Archie Hicox. He’s got no fewer than five projects in the works, including a highly- anticipated comic book adaptation for action fans and a classic period romance that promises to set the hearts of women the world over aflutter.

So why haven’t you heard of Michael Fassbender?

Don’t fret, it even took Hollywood a little longer than normal to catch on to the talent of this strapping 32-year old actor. All of a sudden, however, Fassbender has become one of Hollywood’s hottest talents, displaying incredible dramatic range and looks that could kill.

Born in Heidelberg to a German father and an Irish mother, Fassbender was raised in the Irish town of Killarney from the age of two. After appearing in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” he retreated to UK Television gigs until 2006, when he reappeared in “300” as Stelios, the bravest of the Spartan soldiers.

However, it took another film to put Fassbender’s acting chops in close-up. The actor proved he was more than just a buff bod last year in Steve McQueen’s harrowing directorial debut, “Hunger.” Fassbender played Bobby Sands, a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army and a leader of the 1981 hunger strike that brought international attention to the unrest in Ireland. The actor lost over 30 pounds for the film, which would go on to win the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and to become one of the hottest tickets on the film festival circuit.

The actor is up for even more gold this awards season as part of the SAG-nominated ensemble cast of “Inglorious Basterds.” But this is just the beginning – 2010 will see Fassbender return to warrior status in “Centurion,” a film about the legendary Ninth Legion during the Roman invasion of Britain in 117AD. He will also draw from his dramatic depths for the barebones thriller “A Single Shot,” rounding out a stellar cast that also includes Thomas Haden Church, Forest Whitaker, and William H. Macy.

But the most high-profile project on Fassbender’s slate is, without a doubt, the Western “Jonah Hex,” based on the DC Comics series of the same name. Due in theaters on June 18, Fassbender will support John Malkovich’s bad guy Quentin Turnbull against bounty hunter hero Hex (James Brolin) and his sexy sidekick Leila (Megan Fox).

If you want to catch Fassbender on screen before he really hits the big time, you have one last shot. This month, Andrea Arnold’s “Fish Tank” will be distributed in limited release starting January 15. The film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, has been one of the most acclaimed British films of the past year. Newcomer Katie Jarvis plays a troubled teen dealing with her mother’s new boyfriend, played by Fassbender. Check out the trailer below:

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As if that preview wasn’t enough to convince you of Fassbender’s charm, the actor can do you one better – he has signed on to play the male lead in a new film version of the classic Charlotte Brontë novel “Jane Eyre.” His Rochester will romance the young Mia Wasikowska (who also plays the title character in Tim Burton’s upcoming “Alice in Wonderland”) in the timeless story, to be directed by “Sin Nombre” wunderkind Cary Fukunaga. “Jane Eyre” is due in theaters in 2011.

So…in case you didn’t get it, Michael Fassbender is definitely a name you should know. And one you won’t be able to avoid in 2010.

--Catherine Regio

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