Michael Fassbender to narrate a documentary about Formula One: downgrade?

God, it feels like it’s been forever and day since we’ve had legit Michael Fassbender news. I miss him. I wish he got pap’d more. I wish he was a little bit more of a famewhore. Just a touch! I don’t need him to get a Twitter account or anything (please… no!). But just one weekly arranged “candid” photo shoot. I would enjoy that. Anyway, these are photos of Fassy on the set of that Terrence Malick film in Texas a few weeks ago. He looks scuzzy and sexy and bangable. Sigh.

Anyway, Fassy is still working steadily. He’s already completed Twelve Years a Slave, The Counselor and I’m assuming he’s done with the Malick film too…? Maybe. He’s got a bunch of films in preproduction (like Assassin’s Creed) and 2013 should be full of wonderful Fassdong. But Fassy has just signed on to do a smaller, more personal project – personal because he LOVES cars. He’s obsessed with cars and motorcycles. He loves talking about them in interviews. Fassy has a need for speed! So that’s why he’s signed on to narrate a documentary about Formula One:

Michael Fassbender has gotten behind the wheel to narrate the racing film 1. The Formula One documentary is produced by Exclusive Media’s Spitfire Pictures.

“We are honored that Michael has agreed to lend his voice to our film. He is one of the most talented actors in the world today as well as being a Formula One fan,” said Exclusive co-chair Nigel Sinclair and fellow producer Michael Shevloff today. Flat Out Films and Diamond Docs are also producing.

Directed by Paul Crowder and written by Mark Monroe, 1 takes a very up close and on the track approach to the racing sport. It also features appearances by some Formula One champions like Sir Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill.

Michael Fassbender is repped by CAA and Troika.

[From Deadline]

That was all Greek to me. Here’s what I don’t get about Formula One: why is it considered such a big, fancy deal while America’s NASCAR is considered so budget and redneck-y? Like, the Formula One people are superstars, beloved and respected in Europe and given A-list status. But NASCAR is considered a sub-culture here, and there are very few “breakout” NASCAR stars who actually get name-recognition beyond NASCAR fans. I don’t know… I just consider Formula One to be the accented version of NASCAR, and I don’t get why any of it is such a big deal.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lucy says:

    I love F1 so this is a plus for me

  2. GiGi says:

    Exactly! An old roommate of mine used to date a Formula 1 racer. It was a big deal (they were both French) but to me Formula 1 = NASCAR = Formula 1.

    She always said it was so expensive to race Formula 1. But it has to be crazy expensive to race NASCAR, too.

    At any rate, I’d listen to him read the phone book, so, yeah… this will work.

  3. backwards says:

    I really can’t get into NASCAR, maybe because I am from Europe but it just looks horrid.

    F1 is the pinacle for a driver, big money and the finest machinery.

  4. Guesto says:

    I don’t get it. Why would it be a downgrade for him to involve himself in something he’s very knowledgable and passionate about?

  5. Jaschintaz says:

    I’m a huge F1 fan. It is SO different from NASCAR! It’s like apples and oranges :) anyway there are plenty of hot guys driving in F1 as well, if you care to notice hehs.

  6. Ms Kay says:

    Gah! I’m an avid F1 fan, I had a huge crush on Jacques Villeneuve back then that’s how it started…

    Fassbender is a F1 fan he was at the Monaco grand prix, he was happy like a kid, it was endearing to see :-)

    So him narrating a doc is definitely a bonus. *thumbs up*

  7. mommak918 says:

    F1 is a big deal! It’s being held here in Austin this weekend! We’ve been prepping for years for this race. My lucky husband and son will be going. Its bringing in lots of international money and business to Texas. Btw, Fassbender has been spotted all over Austin…along with Christian Bale.

    Love my city! Way better than LA and a lot nicer/cleaner/greener!

  8. Chatcat says:

    “He looks scuzzy and sexy and bangable. Sigh”. YOU GOT THAT RIGHT KAISER!

    I am a huge sports fan but it does exclude any type of car racing. Just have never developed an interest. But I like Fassy’s diversification.

    P.S. Kaiser if we have to wait until next week for Fassy fanfare and dated pictures can you please use the shirtless one’s you have in storage! Much appreciated in advance. :)

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Finally some Fass right, Chat?

      We’ve been jonesing, Kaiser.

      While Fass and I are lying in post-bang bliss, he can explain that car racing crap to me.

      These pics give me major tingles. Gah! So sexy. For selfish reasons, I wish he made more movies and got papped more, but ultimately, I know it’s just The Fassy Way for him to be choosey about movie roles and to be low-key.


  9. Nya says:

    Racing any kind of car around in a circle for hours is just incredibly stupid no matter what continent you’re on. Then again I’m also not not into guys who talk about cars and motorcycles all the time, BLECH.

  10. Hannah says:

    NASCAR and F1 aren’t comparable at all. Would be like comparing football and darts.

    A lot more driving skill is required in F1 as well as a completely different set of rules.

  11. GoodCapon says:

    I’m not a fan of Formula one by any means, but I don’t think this is a downgrade at all.

  12. Jo says:

    Am I the only who thinks he’s overexposed… too much of one thing kinda spoils it for me. Remember when the A list-ers used to do one movie per year? 3-4-5 movies are way too much…

  13. cheerfulg says:

    F1 is here in Austin. Which means Mr Fassbender will be in Austin (for at least a few more days). And I live in Austin which means. ..which means…this weekend I will be searching tumblr for photos of Mr Fassbender at the race since I have no money and F1 is only for rich, handsome (ok, handsome is totally optional but the rich part is definitely important here) rascals like Michael.

    ps. And I love Austin too but LA has its charms ; )

  14. Stacie says:

    I think Michael will do a Super good job . He loves Formula One and I love his voice . Perfection. ! Thanks for posting! :D

  15. N-Bear says:

    I don’t see why you’re so upset. You do realize all his narrative work is done in the nude, right? Better accoustics… or something.

  16. LucyOriginal says:

    I love love love love love love love (…) love F1!!!!

    F1 is incredible! High level engineering tech combined with driving skills (and handsome drivers).

    I am still trying to work out my schedule and my pocket (hehehe) to go to Austin this weekend.

    ps: Kaiser, it’s not a downgrade, it’s a privilege for him to narrate this documentary.

  17. Christina says:

    I could not care less about cars or race cars, but…I do like hearing Fassy speak. I would possibly watch this, and just close my eyes. I would imagine the car lingo is code for something else. A little imagination would be needed. No seriously though, plenty of actors do narration, voice overs etc. It is not really a downgrade for someone like Fassy. He is that good. He will still be that good after he finishes this project. He is a boy at heart and this is something that excites him, so good for him, I hope he enjoys it.

  18. Malificent says:

    Even if Formula 1 weren’t as big of a deal as it is, Fassy gets to talk about fast cars. There is no guy on the planet who would consider this a downgrade.

  19. ramona says:

    I hate race cars. I hate them so, so much. I wish Fassy had another hobby he was passionate about, some other topic on which he could narrate… like archery. Or making soup. I would totally watch a Fassbender soup-themed cooking show. Someone sort that out, would you?

  20. Harriet says:

    Formula 1 is a million times more glamorous and cooler than NASCAR. Sorry NASCAR fans! Where else do you get international Monte Carlo street races and royalty and celebrities and ordinary people enjoying a car race? The Artyon Senna documentary was amazing (f1 driver) and was running at about the same time as Shame so I’m pretty sure Michael was inspired. Anyway, love f1, love Fassy, what’s there not to like?

  21. claire says:

    Formula 1 is a huge deal and there’s a lot of money involved in that racing culture…not a downgrade at all, especially if someone is a huge fan of it.

  22. KO says:

    Wait – What? Assassin’s Creed movie!? What is this wonderful news?!

  23. Sara says:

    Michael loves Formula One. Last year he said in a interview that “Senna” ( a documentary about a champion) is one of his favorites movies. That he grow up watching Airton Senna.

    so, I believe he is a big fan

  24. Mairead says:

    The likes of Ayrton Senna were practically demi-gods for many in Ireland, in particular for people of mine and Michael’s generation where unless you lived in big cities you had only two channels growing up. That meant Saturays before football matches kicked off and Sunday afternoons between the GAA season were all about motorsports.

    So, no. Not a comedown. Especially if he’s crafty enough to secure a meeting with Michael Schumacher. I would fan-girl like you wouldn’t bloody believe if I came face-to-face with Schumy!

  25. LadyB says:

    Ugh, I live in Austin and I am not happy about the Formula 1 race at all. These are not the kind of events that make Austin a cool city.

    There are dozens of parties going on this weekend, all charging up to thousands of dollars to hob knob with Eurotrash and DList celebs. I know douchebags at work who are taking out massive loans just to be able to afford to “look the part” this weekend.

    Events like ACL Music Festival and SXSW are what Austin is really about. Live music, laid back scene, and unpretentious. This event will be d-bag central, rumors are the Kartrashians and Jersey Shore cast members will be here too. Blech.

  26. leslie says:

    Absolutely NOT a downgrade. Robert Redford is a narrator. Paul Newman was. Morgan Freeman, Oprah, Attenborough (Sp), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep etc.

  27. nikko says:

    I love MF, so this is a plus for me.

  28. Ginger says:

    I have been lucky enough to shoot NASCAR and to write about it with my husband when it rolls through Las Vegas. I never thought much about NASCAR at all until I saw it close up and personal. It’s so boring on tv but in person it’s actually really exciting and the drivers are a hoot. It’s really fun for someone like me who doesn’t immediately recognize the drivers. I’m not a NASCAR fanatic. I’m there to do my job and I have literally run into drivers and kept walking while my husband chuckles at me…”don’t you know who that was?” If it’s not the driver I’m writing about, I really don’t. The fans are a crack up as well. NASCAR fans know how to party! I have a whole new viewpoint of racing in general.

  29. Feebee says:

    Why a downgrade? Lots of actors narrate a variety of projects. If he’s an F1 fan then that’s a plus for him.

    I don’t understand the superstarness of F1 but F1 v NASCAR… hmmm. F1 has more to it I think, the least of it is in actual driving. NASCAR doesn’t have hairpin turns to worry about. It’s more of a dance, fast, fast, slow… Driving through a street circuit of awesome cities is more exciting to the casual viewer like myself.

  30. Adrien says:

    People that are asked to narrate docu, esp in the UK, are often highly respected. It’s a docu, you need to give credibility by hiring someone who are knowledgeable or reliable even if he’s not really an authority on the subject. So why should this be a downgrade.
    NASCAR is treated as budget F1 b’c it hired Larry the Cable guy to present its docu.

  31. Mew says:

    Mmm, maybe because nascar drives go just round round round round round round…. I don’t know if the same thing is with football – European football is a game and American football is just rednecky rugby ripoff.

    Anyway, good for him. I didn’t know he loves cars etc. so much but I kind of guessed it already from the headline. Downgrade? Nah. He just loves that stuff. And so it turns out. If he gets serious kicks out of it, then good for him.

    I’m quite sure F1 is surely happy to have Fassy.

  32. Amy says:

    I don’t think this is a downgrade at all. So many actors do voice-overs and narrations. It’s nothing to turn your nose up at.

    And it’s for reasons like this that my moto-crazy boyfriend and I can share a “couples crush!” on Fassy. Liking cool guy things endears him to cool guys! He can be more than just the dong of girls’ dreams.

  33. Heather says:

    Michael is in Austin as saw him on TV at qualifying. I’m a huge F1 fan and ADORE MF, so I think it’s great he is doing the F1 doc 🇺🇸🇺🇸🏁🏁

  34. Heather says:

    Michael is in Austin as saw him on TV at qualifying. I’m a huge F1 fan and ADORE MF, so I think it’s great he is doing the F1 doc.

  35. Heather says:

    Michael is in Austin as saw him on TV at qualifying. I’m a huge F1 fan and ADORE Michael, so I think it’s great he is doing the F1 doc.

  36. Jenna says:

    F1 IS a big flashy deal. There is crazy R&D in cores, components, aero, rubber compounds, fuel, oil, and making the lightest car the fastest. There were spending caps implemented because with the right budged (coughFerraricough), you could spend upwards of a billion dollars per season, with unlimited CFD modeling, testing, and cores.

    The fans are more technical, since they generally want to understand what makes one team faster (because it’s not always about drivers). It’s a little more difficult to understand some of the stuff that goes on with F1.

    Stock cars are cool and I respect them, but F1 is where you blend sex appeal, technology, engineering, innovation, and worldwide appeal. It’s not just Europe – it’s South America, Latin America, Europe, Asia…the US is really the only place that never subscribed to it. It’s just like soccer.

    Tom Cruise, Paul Newman, Patrick Dempsey…no one calls it downgrading when they want or wanted to go driving, or Chris Hemsworth/Ron Howard when they wanted to be involved with an F1 movie.

    On another note, can we get a copy of the documentary shown in Austin? I was there for the race but didn’t arrive till Thursday night.