Michael Fassbender: ‘I’m… quite comfortable riding bareback. And riding horses’

As I already previewed last week, Michael Fassbender has a feature in the new issue of American Vogue. He and Natalia Vodianova got their supermodel on in an oddly Germanic/Sprockets-style photo shoot. What I didn’t realize at the time was that Fassy actually did a new interview with Vogue too. And it’s HEAVEN!!! I mean, new Fassbender interviews are always heavenly, but I found out some new information about him, and considering that I’m stalking him, new information is always welcome. Anyway, here are some highlights, not all of which are quotes – like, I would love to hear Fassy’s exact words on Brangelina, but the Vogue interviewer just glosses over that stuff. Here you go:

He squeezes in beside me, says yes, last night’s BAFTA ceremony was so much fun; and his laughing, Irish-accented voice rolls out with brad and Angelina this and Colin Firth that and Meryl Streep the other, and how he had missed Judi Dench (whome he venerates), and how thrilled he was that his friend and collaborator John Maclean won Best Short Film for Pitch Black Heist (in which Fassbender did the heisting).

Fassy on Colin and Livia Firth: He likes the Firths and “Colin is a bloody brilliant actor.”

Fassy on his style beyond the red carpet: “I have three pairs of jeans I recycle,” he says, adding gravely, “My shopping sprees are sporadic and infrequent.”

He loves Steve McQueen (the director): “Hunger really changed things. Filmmakers saw the film, so I was getting into the room earlier and with bigger directors.”

He always wanted to study the Method from a young age: He read about the Method very young and deliberately went to the one drama school in the British Isles he thought would teach him the Lee Strasberg principles: the Drama Centre, whose alumni include Firth, Pierce Brosnan, and Simon Callow.

He has a one-bedroom flat in the dodgy part of London. He moved into the place in 2006: “I need to fix the whole place… because I’ve had leaks and stuff. Yeah, yeah, the roof… I don’t like to get too carried away. A couple of friends of mine, one’s an architect and one’s an engineer in Dublin, they’re going to come over and take a look at it.”

Fassy on horses: He thinks he was up on a horse for the first time at six years old. “Yeah, pretty much, it was like ‘get up there!’ and the guy – Willie Joe – hit the arse of the hrse and off you go.” He fell off, Willie Joe threw him back up and he would cling to the mane. “So I am actually quite comfortable riding bareback. And riding horses. I love it, it is one of the most exhilarating things.”

On Brad Pitt: Fassbender rode his BMW R 1200 GS Adventure to the Sarajevo Film Festival, and his dad rode on a Triumph Tiger. Brad Pitt said, “Your dad drove with you? He must be some tough son of bitch.” Fassbender admires Pitt hugely: for his generosity on Inglorious Basterds, when Fassbender was nervily feeling like it was a “massive deal to be on a Tarantino set.” He also admires Plan B Entertainment, Pitt’s production company, which is backing the third go-round in the McQueen-Fassbender outings, a movie called 12 Years a Slave (in which Pitt has a role).

Fassy on writers: “Working with writers is what I really enjoy. Associating myself with great writers and trying to find them. Actually, I am going to meet one now!”

[From Vogue, print edition]

Obviously, this interview was done the day after the BAFTAs, before Fassy had signed on to do The Counselor with Ridley Scott, with a cast which might include Brad Pitt and even Angelina… who might possibly play Fassy’s love interest? I really, really want Angelina and Michael to work together. I’ve always wanted it… I just think they would be very interesting/sexy/fascinating on-screen together. As for Fassy showing his Basterd cohort Brad some major love – that’s just sweet. Brad Pitt always inspires so much bromance, have you noticed that?

And yes, we should probably discuss the “So I am actually quite comfortable riding bareback. And riding horses” quote. I… just can’t… concentrate right now. Fassy’s casual sexual innuendos always leave me weak.

Vogue shots:

Photos courtesy of Vogue Magazine, archival photo in header.

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  1. Agnes says:

    i really don’t “get” the appeal of this dude.

    • T.C. says:

      No problem Agnes,

      I’m fine with that because it makes the line shorter. Call me Fassy!

    • Maguita says:

      Don’t get his appeal either. Yes he is a good actor, but the face has just… too much experience and dirt on it.

      It bothers me though that an actor who takes on mostly a man’s man roles, publicly states in 2012 that he likes to ride bareback. Especially when he had confirmed often enough during promotion of Shame, that he is too much into casual sex.

      • HadlyB says:


        I like him as an actor as well, but when a role is similar to the same as your actual life like in Shame? Gross.

        It’s nothing to brag about and I don’t get how women go gaga when finding out he’s like that in real life ?? Sexy is one thing, being a whore is another.

        I wouldn’t touch his penis with 4 condoms on. He’s GButler #2. Not as gross or dirty but getting close if he keeps talking.

      • Addison says:

        Well Maguita I am pretty sure he was talking about riding a HORSE bareback, then realized that it could be misinterpreted as sexual so he added the later as mischief.

        Second of all, I am quite obsessed with this man so I have read everything I have been able to in regards to him as well as video footage of him (much to the alarm of my much younger sister).

        I have not read anywhere that he states that he likes just hooking up. In fact if you dislike him so much why do you read stuff about him. I most certainly don’t read stuff about Clooney, Jolie, Lohan, etc.

        This leads me to believe you are just making things up to rile up his fans. Supply proof please in the form of several links…

      • Maguita says:

        Consider me alarmed as well.

        As for admitting to sleeping around, you have British GQ last December, As well as their American Men of The Year issue. You also have an interview with Lainey during Shame promo where he talked about that beast, where when you become known, the women become easier to pick-up, and you feed that over-sexed beast more easily.

        Oh, and just because I always love pulling on terrorist-like fanatic tail, your Fassbender is not only an easy-precocious lay, and dirty for your general health, but he is a terrible singer too:


        How about them loose marbles!

      • ZenB!tch says:

        I don’t get him either – as a guy that is. The little I’ve seen of him as an actor, is pretty good. He can’t help his face and he is in shape from the neck down. I do wish he would fix the teeth.

        Not as dirty as GButler – give him time, he may not look it but he’s almost 10 years younger than GB. The age makes him slightly less pathetic than GB. He still can make up for it with one good very brave woman… KAISER… GO! The clock is ticking on him actually being 40….

        Um bareback on a horse – he’s not Kanye! (no video or iPix)

    • Janet says:

      I don’t either. I saw him in Jane Eyre and thought he was a terrible Rochester.

    • Addison says:

      Maguita I am alarmed you don’t know how to read. I read those interviews and that is not what I interpreted from those. As far as the interview I am not sure I read it, but I have heard so many, I’m sure you’re not a good listener either.

      Yes, your terrorist activities will one day come back to haunt you.

      • Addison says:

        Curious Maguita, did you read excerpts of the interviews. Because if that is the case (especially Kaiser’s interpretations) I can see how that would happen. I read the entire interviews.

        I will look for that video. You are wrong! As far as his singing, he is pretty decent. I’m sure you are no star. He was nervous. I’ve seen this before. He is a much better singer. He was put on the spot. Work calls.

  2. Blue says:

    I almost choked on my cereal when I read that headline.

  3. Chatcat says:

    Thanks for the Fass fix today Kaiser. The only thing that was a downer about it was Fass working with AJ. I have more respect for him as an actor then that.

    • Fatkid says:

      So, in order to retain your respect he should back out of roles he previously committed to because he doesn’t like who they chose to co-star?!?

      I’m pretty sure that level of fickleness and immaturity would cost him the respect of those in his industry as well as most ‘sane’ fans. Sorry, your statement just seems irrational.

      • Chatcat says:

        First off it’s movie making…is there any rationality about it? Ah no. I said I have no desire to see him play opposite AJ because she can’t compare to his talent level nor could she be the flame to his spark. (I was going to say ying to his yang but then my mind started going yang dang bang about him and I need to go back and do some work now)

      • Cindy says:

        Can I just beg that Branjeloons realise that most people are not as invested in AJ. Such a turn off when the hostility that pervades Jolie-Pitt is brought into non-related articles.

        I agree with ChatCat, AJ needs to stick to action flicks, shes just a level above mediocre as a character actress. They should pair Fassbender with an actress with some range, someone who’ll spur him on to that much deserved Oscar.

      • ZenB!tch says:

        People have walked off films for bad costars before. I think some A Listers have a say in their costars. If they stay it usually makes for a horrid film because the disdain is blatant on the screen.

  4. Lisa says:

    I rented “Shame” this weekend…MY G-D!!! I spent ALL WEEKEND IN A FASSY ORGY!!! I. Did. Not. Get. Out. Of. Bed.!!! (and the fact that I am, based on his past relationships, so his “type”…Lord, have mercy)…

    In order for an actor to “get to me”…being talented isn’t enough…one has to be FEARLESS!!!

    Fassy joins that illustrous “best friend in my head” LIST!!!

  5. Elina says:

    Holy bejeesus! There goes my productivity for the day!

  6. Bubbling says:

    Maybe Fassy and Angelina wouldn’t be so good..It’s one of those thing where you expect so much chemistry and stuff going on, still nothing happens. When it fits but you can’t make it work. I would love to see Fassy with Diane Kruger tho :)

  7. T.C. says:

    I could watch him ride all day and night. Especially if he was riding me. Lol. :)

    I would PAY to see Fassy and Angie go at it on film. That would be beyond hot. You know she would do it with kinky style. Damn need a shower now. Thanks Kaiser.

  8. stefni says:

    Good Lord… the festival of drool that his quote has inspired in me. I can-not… with this man.

    Flatlines….dies…awakens to jizz… flatlines again.

  9. Cody says:

    I think he is the sexiest actor in Hollywood right now. OMG,I just saw Shame last night.

  10. Stacie says:

    Even more reasons to LOVE him. There is just something about Fassy … He hung the moon for me .

  11. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    I like that Fassy doesn’t ride a Harley ’cause its sunny here and if I have to hear one more of those hogs today I’m going to start screaming like Christina Aguileraaa.

  12. Victoria says:

    …best lover in my head. The whipping in The Dangerous Method!

  13. Cathy says:

    He could ride me bareback anyday, while he holds my mane.

  14. Eve says:

    *raining on everyone’s parade*

    Bareback means unprotected sex, right? Not sure I find that sexy.


    • Me says:

      Indeed. This bareback innuendo rubs me the wrong way *that’s what she said*. Something about his portrayal in the movie “Shame” – the character beds randoms and its just all very skeezzy & sketchy & sad. That said, his bareback comment gives me the heebie-jeebies . Also, he kinda looks like he’d bed randoms.

  15. shaboo says:

    if someone else had made that comment about barebacking, the article and the comments would be full of opinions about how irresponsible and sleazy the guy is, whether or not it was a joke. Fassbender gets a pass for everything on here.

  16. ramona says:

    Ahhhhh… this cheeky b*stard knows exactly what he’s doing, whipping us all (well, most of us) into a frenzy with his perfect little innuendoes… actually, this is exactly the sort of thing my best friend would say before high-fiving me and buying me a beer. I LOVE a well-spoken, “that’s what she said”-inducing quip.

  17. yuya says:

    He is so gross and unattactive. Blech.

    • MST says:

      I don’t think that he’s attractive at all, either and he has that fair skin that’s going to age badly. And he seems a little on the short side for me.

      • Addison says:

        in regards to your comments:

        MST says:
        I don’t think that he’s attractive at all, either (Many Of Us Do, That’s Why We Come Here Regularly)

        and he has that fair skin (That’s how he was Born… and I don’t care)

        that’s going to age badly (I still don’t care).

        And he seems a little on the short side for me (I’m short, so good for me). :)

        He’s not for everyone, but he sure makes me swoon! But then I’m probably crazy. So…

  18. Alaina says:

    No, just no, to him and Jolie. She is nowhere near his calibre of acting. They’re in different leagues. I can think of 100s of actresses I’d rather see him on screen with and Jolie does not make the list.

  19. Gene Parmesan says:

    Brad Pitt is a nice guy always has been, so not surprising.

  20. Jenne Frisby says:

    Yes, if Adam Levine had said it, everyone (well Kaiser, anyway) would be nauseated. I think that he was referring to riding without a saddle, but threw that in there to be cheeky. I think this dude walks a fine line between gross and hot most of the time. But he is a good actor.

  21. mia girl says:

    Speaking of horses, my husband and I watched Shame this weekend. Fassbender shares quite A LOT in common with horses.

    To make himself feel better, my husband convinced himself it had to be enhanced by cgi.

  22. skuddles says:

    A man who can ride a horse bareback? Okay now I might have a little crush on him :D

  23. CC says:

    This guy wants that we speak about him and wants to get noticed I wonder what his plan is

  24. Bellydancer says:

    Thanks Kaiser for almost getting me arrested after reading this article.
    We have a few war monuments right outside my job and they have some metal horses on display and well guess who tried to ride one without a saddle? Yep lil old me while screaming Michael’s name at the top of my voice and begging some guy named Willie Joe to hit me with his riding crop on my arse. The equestrian cop who almost locked me up didn’t appreciate my suggestive talk to ride him while sitting on his horse either oh well I guess his ginger colored hair threw me off a bit anyway I escaped unharmed and a little sore that metal sh– is cold by the way (lol)

  25. Cel says:

    A ride is Irish slang for sex. He knew exactly what he was saying and its double meaning!!

  26. Blah says:

    The top b&w picture is the frst time I find him attractive.

  27. LeeLoo says:

    He looks really good in the cover photo. The others with the hair slicked back do nothing for me. I’ve said it before, I love rugged men. I will say bareback sex is nothing to laugh at, especially for someone who visits the buffet as much as Fassy does.

  28. Racheal says:

    He’s a better model than Natalia Vodianova. Totally commands attention and he’s who I’m looking at for more than one reason. Tyra would be ga-ga over his modeling skills.

  29. Horses says:

    No wonder he likes horses, same teeeth. LOL

  30. BB says:

    Does he read comments made on him? he is a sexual fantasy for a lot of people and he said stuff like that…

    • Chatcat says:

      as the person my friends refer to me as “the friend who thinks of everything in a dirty way” I think some of us just naturally have a way with double entendre’s so I can totally relate with how he interviews. That more then anything else about him intrigues me the most. Very few things better then a good opponent in a verbal spar.

  31. Sienna says:

    He’s sexy in this shoot. Reminds me facewise of a guy I had something with a couple of months ago. Tom had a better body though.

  32. T.C. says:

    Fassy on horses: He thinks he was up on a horse for the first time at six years old. “Yeah, pretty much, it was like ‘get up there!’ and the guy – Willie Joe – hit the arse of the hrse and off you go.” He fell off, Willie Joe threw him back up and he would cling to the mane. “So I am actually quite comfortable riding bareback. And riding horses. I love it, it is one of the most exhilarating things.”

    I finally got myself together about my Fassy riding me fantasy. This horse story is pretty funny but a bit child-abusey. Is it normal to let a kid ride without a saddle, then let him fall? Sounds like a painful way to teach horse riding Willie Joe.

    • Leigh_S says:

      A lot more normal than you think, between the old western riding philosphy of jump on and hang on until you fall off, then climb up again and the european military riding traditions.

      The stories I could tell you from my own riding history aren’t far off that. Many a riding lesson with no stirrups in a ring full of little (and not so little) girls with tears rolling down their cheeks from the pain. You could quit, but you couldn’t come back. If you fell off and you weren’t seriously concussed, and/or hadn’t broken anything, you got back on or you didn’t come back. I could go on. It wasn’t abuse, just hard discipline.

  33. baloon says:

    He is too short even for Natalie (he stand on the step/box) and she isn’t too tall either. I don’t understand admiration over him. He doesn’t look very healthy and, unfortunately, but on most pictures close up very old :( He’s a good actor but something in his behavior scares me, he reminds me a little Gerard Butler :(

  34. Bellydancer says:

    See now we know why that horse in Jane Eyre kept getting aroused everytime Michael rode it (lol)

  35. anotherrandom says:

    The Sprockets comment was dead on! I miss old SNL; I was just thinking of Simon the other day.

  36. LucyOriginal says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh Fassy… I try not to like you, difficult task…

    @Kaiser: after last week’s post, i dedcided to watch how to steal a million (Peter O’toole and Audrey Hepburn). I can definitely see some resemblance with O’Toole when Fassy is blond.

  37. NeoCleo says:

    I can’t fault him for his comment about Firth, he is “bloody brilliant” and not just as an actor. This man (Fassbender) when quoted, comes across as a complex, intelligent, funny, slightly bent and madly sexy man. I bet you a night out with him would be a peak experience and I don’t mean just for the sake of sex. I bet he would be an awesome drinking buddy.

  38. Addison says:

    This guy is a jokester so I would not take his comment that has some of you all up in arms seriously. Go to link below, there is a video, view it to see just what a goofy guy he is.


  39. Meanchick says:

    Even Fassie with all of his hot assness can’t get me to go bareback.

  40. veronica says:

    Oh my god… until now I didn’t even know that man.

  41. Anoni Mus says:

    I’m hot and cold on Fassbender, but these pics, especially the first one…. Dayum!

  42. CitizenErased says:

    I’m more disgusted with the lame name dropping in this interview than the bareback quote to be honest. I prefer Man Whore to Fame Whore, sue me.

  43. Horse says:

    I heared he’s good with crop too.

  44. anything says:

    to get some attention. he’s gross

  45. Maria says:

    nooo with angelina nooo plzzzz!! :(

  46. Crissy says:

    Really not excited about seeing the Fass with Angelina….I will pay EVERYTHING to see him with KERRY WASHINGTON! (Can I get a Amen?)

    Love ya @Bellydancer you make me laugh always!