You know I’ll use any excuse to talk about Michael Fassbender, even if it’s just a kind of boring interview. Aren’t you excited for Prometheus? It comes out in a month! GAAAH!!! Not only am I excited to actually see the movie, but I’m looking forward to Michael’s promotional duties for the film. I hope those duties include lots of interviews and photo-ops and tight pants and such. Until that happens, we just have to make do with this, a seemingly new and random interview, via the Belfast Telegraph (I think these are further excerpts from Michael‘s Esquire UK interview):
Michael Fassbender doesn’t understand why little boys love cars so much but aren’t interested in kettles. The actor has been obsessed with mechanics ever since he was a toddler. He knows many young kids are the same, but can’t fathom what it is that is so appealing about vehicles.
“When I was four, I just wanted to drive, I collected toy cars,” he revealed. “Where does that sort of thing come from? In hindsight you go, ‘Oh, liked it because of this.’ Maybe it’s just the wheel. Why does a three-year-old, and it’s usually boys, want to drive the tractor or have machinery and be in control of it? I don’t know. [If it's because it's grown up] why wouldn’t you ask to boil a kettle or something? Maybe you would, I dunno.”
It’s not just driving which interests Michael, he is fascinated by racing cars.
He has thought about why they are so interesting and thinks it is because the sport is quite dangerous.
“Initially it’s the speed [which appeals],” he told Esquire magazine. “I always wanted to drive cars, when I was 12 I was taking a car out? Then I started watching Formula 1 when I was probably 15 or 16, started getting into it. I don’t know, there’s the excitement. I was the speed and the danger I think that were initially attractive to me.”
The 35-year-old does have some hobbies which aren’t quite so daring. He is currently embroiled in a lengthy table tennis contest with some of his friends.
“I’m fairly competitive, we’ve got a little ping-pong tournament going on in my [apartment] at the moment, which has been an on-going thing,” he said. “I gotta say man, it brought so many hours of just pure joy, that little table. It’s a miniature ping-pong table.”
[Via The Belfast Telegraph]
Fassy is ALL BOY. He loves toys. He loves cars. He loves going fast. He loves to compete and play and he loves anything loud. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Usually, actors are trying to bash us in the head with their sensitivity and neuroses. While I think Michael has moments of sensitivity and neurosis, for the most part, he just seems like a flat-out DUDE. A dude who likes to hang out with other dudes and talk about cars. I can’t have a conversation about cars at all. I’m not being a ditz about it or anything, but all I can manage to say to my mechanic is “It’s broken. Can you fix it?”
By the way, there’s now a movement afoot to ensure that Fassy is cast as Christian Grey in the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. I finished the book over the weekend and… dear God, was it AWFUL. I’m not an elitist when it comes to literature at all – sometimes I just want to read something that I can finish in a weekend, and thus, I read books by Janet Evanovich, Jonathan Kellerman, John Grisham and Sue Grafton (I honestly think Grafton is a supremely talented crime writer, for what it’s worth). But 50 Shades was just a mess. If I had to read the words “inner goddess” and “lip bite” one more f–king time, I was going to start banging my head into a wall. So, NO, I do not think Michael Fassbender should play Christian Grey. Yes, the character is beautiful and he can f–k like a champion, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Mostly because the Anastasia character is such a twit and an awful person, and it’s horrible to try to imagine Fassy doing those things to some young woman who bites her lip and rolls her eyes at him. SAY NO TO FASSY for this role, please.
Photos courtesy of W Magazine, Esquire UK/Alice Hawkins.