viernes, 10 de enero de 2014
Fassy: Entrevista con The Mirror
12 Years A Slave's Michael Fassbender talks about his terrifying role as a Deep South plantation owner
The Irish-German actor has recently been nominated for a Golden Globe for his latest role as Epps - his third collaboration with British director Steve McQueen
Fassbender: The star says Epps is the most terrifying character he has come across
Born in Heidelberg to a German father and Irish mother, Michael Fassbender, 36, was brought up in Ireland, where his parents ran a restaurant in County Kerry.
It was his intense portrayal of IRA prisoner Bobby Sands in Hunger (2008) which won him several international awards, followed by a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.
He’s recently been nominated for a Golden Globe for his latest role as Epps, a brutal plantation owner, in 12 Years A Slave, his
with British director Steve McQueen.
Have you ever met anybody as vicious as Epps and did his character stay with you when you finished filming?
I’ve come across unpredictable characters before but nobody as terrifying as Epps.
There’s always a residue and an effect caused by the character I am playing, but over the years I’ve developed a way to slip in and out of it.
Also, because we were putting so much into the day’s work and moving so quickly, it allowed me to go home feeling I’d left everything behind.
Did you know much about slavery in America when you were offered the role?
I grew up in the Irish education system which is one of the best in the world and history was always a very important subject, so I had a pretty broad understanding of it.
Who was your biggest influence when you became an actor?
My mum was a very big influence in terms of the films that I watched and the actors that really inspired me.
She was particularly a fan of 1970s American film.
Do you manage to get back to Ireland very often?
As much as I can, but my parents are retired now so they come and visit with me wherever I am filming.
Where do you call home?
London. I have a little apartment there where I lay my head, but I haven’t been back much in the past year.
12 Years a Slave: Fassbender with Chiwetel Ejiofor
You’re one of the film world’s most eligible bachelors. Where do you stand on the subject of marriage?
I don’t know where I stand on it.
Doing this job, it’s very difficult for me to even maintain a relationship, let alone a marriage.
I have a very selfish approach to the way I work meaning that I could be shooting until 4am and obviously that’s not fair to somebody if you’re in a relationship.
How do you cope with fame?
It is fun, but it can be dangerous, seductive and distracting.
I like to keep myself fairly private so that audiences can disappear into the role I’m playing as opposed to them knowing too much about Michael Fassbender and what he does.
Have you made any New Year resolutions?
To not talk as much and to listen more.
Also, to read more books because most of my reading tends to be scripts.
I’ll start a book, then scripts will arrive and I’ll put the book down and have to revisit it.
What do you do for relaxation?
I like speed.
Not the drug, but the sensation. So I go karting whenever I can and I find it helps me meditate and zone out a little.
I also like going on motorcycle trips because it’s easy to jump on a plane and pop up somewhere else in the world, but when you’re on a motorcycle you see everything as you’re passing through.
I love music, as well.
I like to sort of tinker around on the guitar and I’m trying to learn how to surf as well.
It’s more floundering than surfing, but I find it quite cleansing to be in the water!
How do you enjoy acting?
Every day I wake up and I’m thankful because when I started out, my ultimate goal was to work with great filmmakers, great actors and tell great stories.
And that’s what I feel I’m doing. I am so spoiled. I get to travel the world and I got to choose my profession.
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