I think I lost consciousness for a moment when I discovered this new Michael Fassbender interview. Aren’t you excited?! I’m excited. We haven’t had any new Fassbender interviews in months and months. Since Prometheus, right? And even then, Michael didn’t do a lot of press for that film. This year he’s got two big movies coming out. The Oscar-bait, awards-circuit Twelve Years a Slave, and the Ridley Scott thriller The Counselor. Fassy is scheduled to appear at the Toronto International Film Festival for 12 Years, and I suspect that The Counselor will have a more traditional marketing campaign, and maybe Fassy will even get a magazine cover of two for some November issue. Probably not American GQ… maybe Details or Interview. I wouldn’t hate it if he finally made the cover of Vanity Fair, but I think VF is all “if they have a pulse, we don’t want ‘em.”
Anyway, that was just a tangent. Because Fassy has already started doing press!! IT’S SO EXCITING. Although I love Benedict Cumberbatch, I’m ready to fly my Fass-loonie Freak Flag once again. Here’s the interview (it’s really cute).
Glamour: You get into drugs in The Counselor and play a slave owner in 12 Years a Slave. Why do you always pick such intense roles?
Michael Fassbender: I like when characters have layers. I’d actually love to do a comedy— characters in romantic comedies can have layers too. But I always try to pick roles that scare me.
Glamour: Is that why you were drawn to playing Magneto in X-Men?
MF: I like that Magneto’s sort of king of the nerds, because I’m a nerd too.
Glamour: You star alongside one of our future-of-Hollywood favorites, Quvenzhané Wallis, in 12 Years a Slave.
MF: Oh my God, I love that girl! I almost gave up acting after I saw Beasts of the Southern Wild, she’s so amazing.
Glamour: This is our Hollywood issue, so we have to know—who were your movie-star inspirations growing up?
MF: Marlon Brando was front and center for me. Also Gene Hackman, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire and Gone With the Wind. And, of course, Meryl Streep.
Glamour: I love that you looked up to both men and women.
MF: Well, my mum was a big influence in introducing me to films, especially from the late sixties and seventies.
Glamour: Speaking of your parents, we heard your dad has a Google Alert set for all headlines concerning you and calls you up about every story. We assume he’ll let you know when this piece comes out.
MF: Oh, yeah. He lets me know what I’m doing before I’m even doing it.
Glamour: That’s so cute.
MF: It’s cute. But it’s also creepy at the same time.
How much do you love that he fan-girls Quvenzhané Wallis? “Oh my God, I love that girl!” I hope they hung out. I’m not being creepy, I swear. I honestly think he’s probably really good with kids. He can seem so childlike sometimes, I bet he’s like the best dodgy uncle out there, like a Prince Harry-level dodgy uncle.
He better not say that romantic comedy stuff too loudly or Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Heigl and Sandra Bullock will all try to get him as their leading man. I shouldn’t shade Sandy like that – Sandy and Fassy would be good together. I would like to see that. No so much with the other broads. Also: Fassbender and Meryl Streep really need to work together. THAT is a romantic comedy waiting to happen. Make Fassy play Meryl’s love interest. OMG.
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