MICHAEL FASSBENDER - Cal Lynch/Aguilar de Nerha
Michael Fassbender is one of the leading actors of his generation. Known for his
ability to fully immerse himself in a character, he has carved a career that
independent and blockbuster films, garnering critical acclaim and awards
for multiple projects from Hunger through to X Men: Days of Future Past. The
Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA nominated actor was born in Germany and raised in
Killarney, Ireland, and is a graduate of the prestigious Drama Centre. Fassbender also
has a production company, DMC Films, through which he has been developing and
producing projects for the last few years.
2016 is proving to be an extraordinary year for the actor. Fassbender received
multiple nominations for his starring turn as Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle's film
the Apple founder. Critics raved about his portrayal saying, "Fassbender gives a
towering performance of savage wit and limitless firepower" (Rolling Stone),
"leaves Jobs fascinatingly elusive, both genius and sociopath" (Empire). He can
currently be seen in the film adaptation of ML Steadman's bestselling novel The
Light Between Oceans. The film is directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine,
Place Beyond the Pines) and co-stars Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz.
Fassbender also stars in the upcoming independent film Trespass Against Us for
which he received a BIFA nomination for his role as Chad. The film sees
star opposite Brendan Gleeson, Sean Harris and Lyndsay Marshall and follows the
complicated father-son dynamic within a gypsy family existing in the margins of
society. Written by Alistair Siddons and directed by Adam Smith, Trespass
Us premiered at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival.
Additionally, Fassbender will reprise his role as android David opposite Noomi
Rapace and Katherine Waterston in Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant (opening Aug.
2017). He will then be seen in Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman opposite Rebecca
Ferguson. Fassbender will take on the beloved role of Oslo police officer Harry
for the film, due October 2017.
Fassbender has collaborated with gifted directors throughout his career. In 2015
took on the revered role of Macbeth in Justin Kurzel's dark and visceral
Shakespeare's Scotland-set play, with Marion Cotillard starring opposite him as
Macbeth. In 2012 and 2013 Fassbender worked with Ridley Scott on Prometheus and
The Counsellor respectively. Also in 2013, he reteamed with Steve McQueen for
highly acclaimed Twelve Years a Slave. He received Academy Award, Golden Globe,
BAFTA, SAG and Independent Spirit nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his
role as plantation owner Edwin Epps, while the movie won Best Picture at the
Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA, PGA and Broadcast Critics Choice
Previous to that, Fassbender's performance as Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen's
Hunger won critical acclaim, and following the film's Camera D'Or winning
premiere at Cannes in 2008, Fassbender scooped up numerous awards including the
British Independent Film Award (BIFA), Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) and
the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. Again with Steve McQueen,
took on the role of a sex addict in Shame, which won him the Volpi Cup for Best
Actor at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, the Irish Film & Television Award, and
BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor.
In 2011, Fassbender played the young Magneto opposite James McAvoy's Professor
X in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men First Class-he reprised the role with follow-up
X Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X Men: Apocalypse (2016). He was also seen
as Carl Jung opposite Viggo Mortensen's Sigmund Freud in David Cronenberg's A
Dangerous Method and as Edward Rochester opposite Mia Wasikowska in
Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre. Fassbender was the recipient of numerous
awards and nominations in recognition of his performances in more than one film
including the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor for Jane
Eyre and Shame, the London Critics Circle Film Award for Best Actor
for Shame and A Dangerous Method, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award
for Best Actor for X-Men First Class, Jane Eyre, A Dangerous
Method, and Shame, and the National Board of Review's Spotlight Award for A
Dangerous Method, X-Men First Class, Jane Eyre and Shame.
Other notable projects include Slow West with Ben Mendelsohn. Produced by DMC
Films, the Western received critical acclaim upon its premiere at Sundance Film
Festival, as did 2014's Frank, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, with Domnhall
Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Fassbender also has appeared in Andrea Arnold's
Fish Tank, Zack Snyder's 300 with Gerard Butler and Lena Headey. Quentin
Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds opposite Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger, British
film Eden Lake with Kelly Reilly and Jack O'Connell, Francois Ozon's Angel, Joel
Schumacher's Town Creek, Neil Marshall's Centurion, Jimmy Hayward's Jonah Hex
and the HBO series Band of Brothers from Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
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