As Luck Enters: Michael Fassbender

He was first noticed with Hunger, directed by Steve McQueen but he became a shining star with Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Luck didn't just knocked on his door, it also entered n for Fassbender who played in legendary films such as Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class, A Dangerous Method, and Shame. Fassbender is now one of the towering actors in Hollywood.

New Generation Stardom

During the classical age of Hollywood, when legendary filmmakers such as D.W. Griffith and Louis B. Mayer were setting the standards of studio productions, studios were creating a star from scratch. Studios such as Biograph, MGM or RKO would find young people who might have a future in cinema and provide them with singing and acting training. Some of them would come off, some others would vanish even before making it to their first film. These film stars signed contracts with those companies and could only play in their movies. Time has changed. Now you have unexpected people becoming stars. And one of these new generation stars and perhaps the most thrilling one is Michael Fassbender.

He was first noticed with Hunger, directed by Steve McQueen in 2008, but he became a shining star with Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009). 2011 had been a great year for Fassbender he appeared in Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class, A Dangerous Method, and Shame and he is now one of the towering actors of Hollywood.


First Breakthrough

Michael Fassbender was born in Germany, on April 2, 1977, to an Irish mother and German father. The family moved to Ireland when Fassbender was two years old. There, his father opened a restaurant in which he worked as a chef and sent his son to serve in a church so that he's raised as a good Catholic. Fassbender began acting at an early age while studying drama and took his first important role in the TV series of 10 episodes, Band of Brothers, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. This role was followed by others in British television that he accepted in order to be able to pay the rent. After taking his chances in England, he stepped into Hollywood with the film 300 Spartans.

In 2007, he got the leading role in Angel, directed by the unique director François Ozon. In 2008, he made a tremendous impression with his performance playing the part of the IRA militant Bobby Sands who went on a hunger strike in prison protesting against the inhumane treatment of the British government. Fassbender lost 15 kg for the role in Hunger. Steve McQueen's film was difficult and the part of the Sands character didn't lead the film until after the first 20-25 minutes, yet Fassbender's acting was astounding and he enchanted the viewers. The film received the prestigious Caméra d'Or award for first-time filmmakers.

Getting Tarantino's Attention

Fassbender continued on with his successes with his part in Fish Tank, playing the Connor character, a sweet guy on the surface but actually an indisputable sociopath. Directedby Andrea Arnold, the film  received the Jury Award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. His performance must have intrigued Tarantino, for Tarantino gave him an important role in Inglourious Basterds. Fassbender played the British officer Archie Hiccox who tried to infiltrate the Nazis and became a well-known actor among cinephiles.

In a scene which depicts a situation that's known as &ldquoMexican standoff&rdquo, in a long typical Tarantino scene, Fassbender appeared as if he wasn't putting enough effort and stole the role from other actors. After this film in his career, his talent agency Creative Arts Agency supported him at the highest level and the doors of Hollywood opened for him.

Lastly, he received an award for his acting in A Dangerous Mind at the Venice Film Festival. In this film, we watch him playing Carl Jung. Fassbender portrayed Jung as an aristocratic Swiss doctor who at first was timid and reserved but as the character couldn't restrain his feelings and ambitions any more, Fassbender released Jung, and that dignified gentleman was replaced by a wild horse. Moreover, Fassbender also introduced to the  character the Aryan and Jewish conflict that was interjected between the lines by the director David Cronenberg.

A Distracting Film

These films  alone could have made 2011 a perfect year in the life of an actor. But Fassbender received critical acclaim mostly with his acting in Shame, which was released toward the end of 2011, and earned him nominations forboth the Golden Globe and BAFTA. He gave a great performance playing a sexual addict living in Manhattan. There were many scenes in which Fassbender appeared naked, and unfortunately these scenes were discussed more than his acting. All attention was distracted!

Fassbender's next film, X-Men: First Class, was a rather more populist film when compared to his earlier films, which were more sedate and had mature roles. Fassbender played the youth of Erik Lenscher (Magneto), which was played by Sir Ian McKellen before but still he added an unstoppable sense of revenge to the character. Even though the production of the film encountered many problems, the final product was the best film of X-Men series. It's undeniable that Fassbender's Magneto character, who was as charismatic as troubled, had a share in the film's success.

Finally, we watched this talented handsome man in a Ridley Scott movie, Prometheus. And coming next: Twelve Years a Slave, The Counselor, Untitled Terrence Malick Project, Frank, Jane Got A Gun, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Assassin's Creed and Prometheus 2. All of these projects are going to take place in the coming years.


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&bull After he received an award in Venice Film Festival and earned a Golden Globe, he went to Hawai to blow off steam and jumped from an airplane with a parachute.