Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander pose together for the first time in years

Calm With Horses Premiere Dublin

While we saw Michael Fassbender – briefly – last year while he promoted Dark Phoenix (the last of his X-Men contract, I think), we haven’t seen him out with his wife Alicia Vikander in a while. By my records, the last time they did any kind of event together was in spring 2018, the big Lara Croft premiere? And even then, they didn’t walk the carpet together as a couple, he was just there – posing separately – to support her film. So… this is a special occasion, I guess. Last night, Fassy and Alicia walked the carpet of the Dublin International Film Festival premiere of Calm with Horses. Fassy isn’t in the film, but he executive-produced it through the company he set up several years ago. He wanted to do more Irish films and films set throughout Ireland, so here we are. Calm with Horses is sort of a gritty crime story or something.

Vikander and Fassbender got married in Ibiza in October 2017. It was a lowkey ceremony and they didn’t release any photos, nor did the paparazzi get any good shots. That same year was when they basically moved full time to Portugal as well. Back then, I thought it was just some stupid plan that they would outgrow in a year, when they got bored. But they really did go away, and they fly under the radar most of the time these days. Alicia pops up at Louis Vuitton fashion shows (as she did last week) because she’s still a brand ambassador, but Fassbender has really just…done a disappearing act. He was once considered the most promising actor of his generation, and now he’s got a film in post called Kung Fury 2 with Arnold Schwarzenegger. He got an Oscar nomination just four years ago, what the actual f–k.

Calm With Horses Premiere

Calm With Horses Premiere

Calm With Horses Premiere Dublin

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  1. Aria says:

    These two reminds me of Meghan and harry lol. The ginger men with tan woman.

    • Becky says:

      Well, Meghan is biracial whereas Alicia’s tan is artificial.

      • Wifaaa says:

        She looks like she’s a naturally tan, olive complected gal. I Have the same skin tone. My German/Bavarian side is really dark skinned and we tan like CRAZY.

      • Nahema says:

        Second that, I don’t know who Alicia is but that looks like her natural skin colour. Doesn’t seem very nice to just assume it’s fake tan.

      • Hotsauceinmybag says:

        My stepfather was Swedish. He looked like your “typical” Swede – fair with dirty blonde/light brown hair and very light blue eyes. He used to tell me all the time that many Swedes have olive skin and dark hair and can tan very deeply. So I think that is her natural skin color (though it should be noted that fair skinned Swedes do love their fake tan).

      • Haapa says:

        @Hotsauceinmybag Agreed! I’m half Finnish, and that side of my family is “dark” compared to most Finns (dark brown hair and green eyes — not blonde and blue eyes). My father even says how he remembers his older brother was considered very handsome and mysterious because his dark complexion was almost considered “exotic” in Finland. Not to mention there are many Scandinavians with Sami (indigenous) bloodlines which are typically much darker as well.

      • LA says:

        “Sami (indigenous) bloodlines which are typically much darker as well.”

        Sámi are not typically “much darker”. We’re just not.

      • Originaltessa says:

        Princess Victoria tans very easily and has the dark eyes and sandy hair. Not all Swedes are blonde and blue eyed.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        She’s not naturally tan. If you look at photos of her from back in the day she’s not anywhere near as tan as she is now. It’s artificial

    • Fleur says:

      I think it’s natural insofar as she has dark eyes and brown hair and she probably tans really easily every summer and chooses to maintain that tan through out the year. It’s really interesting that people consistently comment that she looks biracial because I honestly don’t see it. I think she looks like Daisy Jenks, Charlie van Straubenzee’s wife, who I also think is gorgeous.

  2. Esmom says:

    They look lovely together. And her shoes cracked me up — they remind me of old Barbie shoes but for Pilgrims.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      I think I’ve got an old Polaroid of my mom in this outfit. Different makeup though lol.

    • Elisa says:

      +1, they both look great, happy and relaxed. It seems they found the key to make it work…I guess they’re simply living their lives without any pressure (by HW etc)

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      The whole outfit is an entirely awful ode to the 70s, yuck.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        I’d say late 60s, but yeah, she looks like she stepped off of the Brady Bunch set.

  3. Dutch says:

    I’d lock him in a bedroom and only let him out once a year too. Love her whole look, borders on twee but she pulls it off.

    • Lara K says:

      This! He is just so sexual, it’s unreal.

      Honestly though they look really relaxed and happy. They both achieved a lot, and they still can, but I don’t blame them for bailing.

    • Snowslow says:

      He has this raw sexual energy. It’s not about the looks, it’s about his sexy crocodile smile (to freely quote Peter Bradshaw at the Guardian).

    • Snappyfish says:

      I adore her & them in general. He could be Bond. I remember when they moved to Lisbon it was because they wanted to stay in the EU & saw the Brexit on the wall

      • Elisa says:

        Aaah, I didn’t know that, smart move. Also, he would be perfect as Bond.

      • Starkille says:

        Considering neither of them are British, what would Brexit have to do with where they live?

      • Elisa says:

        They are both EU citizens and the status of EU citizens in post-Brexit UK is still unclear. So it’s easier for them to live in a EU country…they are not the only one’s leaving the UK because of that…

      • Purpeller says:

        Michael presumably has at least dual if not only Irish citizenship. Somehow we’re exempt from those in EU limbo post Brexit. Irish can stay. It’s probably a first for Irish people and a far cry from “no Irish”! I wondered with that move why they didn’t just live in Ireland.

      • grumpy says:

        There is no doubt about the status of Irish people in Britain: the Irish and British can live, work and vote in each other’s countries and have been able to ever since Ireland gained independence from Britain in the 1920’s – it is called the Common Travel Area and exists regardless of the EU and in recognition of our shared heritage and that lots of people’s families are spread across the 2 countries.

  4. emme says:

    I forget they are married. Odd match but maybe it works?

  5. Originaltessa says:

    He’s so attractive.

  6. Joanna says:

    I didn’t know they were married! They look happy. He is not attractive to me at all. Not trying to be mean but I don’t

  7. Spikey says:

    “and now he’s got a film in post called Kung Fury 2 with Arnold Schwarzenegger”


    I get what you’re saying but Kung Fury is a blinding diamond among exquisite gems and I cannot wait for the next one. Plus, I really appreciate Fassy as an actor and I’m curious to see him in … what to call it? Comedy? Absurdist post-trash fantasy dystopia? I mean, Kung Fury is its own genre, it has no peers, it is perfect. The simple fact that Fassy signed up for this makes me like him.

  8. Char says:

    He is such a good actor, he could get better and more movies if he wanted too. Who knows, maybe he’ll pop up on the MCU in a few years.

  9. julia says:

    I like that they’re just living their lives. For whatever reason I thought they were in Lisbon though? Or maybe I just assumed as Lisbon was/is the new hotspot for celebrities abroad (see also Madonna for a few years)

  10. Vexa says:

    I’m so fascinated by what went on with his career. People used to talk about him like they talk about Adam Driver now. He’s so talented and he made good choices with his movies; I know the x-men movies got bad, but the first two were great. I can’t work out if he just decided he was over it, or something went on behind the scenes…

    • Mia4s says:

      He never seemed particularly pleased with the “Hollywood” game so I’m not surprised he bailed. As long as you’re not thirsting for “MOVIE STAR CELEBRITY!!” fame, you can have a pretty nice career living elsewhere and laying low. His bigger problem is that when he went for the higher profile projects to keep his name in play? Yikes. Either his picker or his agent’s picker suuuuuuucked!!! The Snowman? Assassin’s Creed? Ouch. That hurt him, definitely.

      • Turtledove says:

        “The Snowman? Assassin’s Creed? Ouch. That hurt him, definitely.”

        I 100% agree that these films were…not good. But I am not sure if the “picker” was the issue. I am not trying to be contrary, it is more that I think that it must sometimes be hard to know what they are getting themselves into.

        On paper, either of those movies could have been huge. (Maybe??)

        While video game movies have a cheesiness to them, when done well..they make bank. And that bank allows the actor to then do a bunch of small budget indies…which are GREAT for him.

        The Snowman, on paper, could have seemed destined to be a “Gone Girl” or “Seven”.

        I am very curious if he is taking these films assuming they will suck because they are all he is being offered or if he is just gambling on all the wrong scripts. He was on the road to do huge things….

        I find that aspect of Hollywood fascinating. The choices actors make can really change their trajectory.

      • M.A.F. says:

        “He never seemed particularly pleased with the “Hollywood” game so I’m not surprised he bailed.”

        No, he played the game. He campaign hard for that Oscar and it didn’t pan out. He was very vocal with that. Not sure what happened with his acting but he has been more focus on racing.

    • Case says:

      I think a difference is that Adam chose to be in Star Wars toward the beginning of his career to get some recognition in the main stream (and he put in a damn good performance). Since The Force Awakens he’s had the freedom to choose smaller projects, work with incredible directors, etc., and he has chosen so well. I love the projects he picks.

      Michael, on the other hand, started off as an indie darling who was already known for serious roles, and then chose stuff like X-Men and Assassins Creed to…get more popular, I guess? But that approach backfired.

    • Macheala says:


      one of his few (& last ever) sanctioned golden couples, but the light between oceans (title? dunno) movie didn’t track awards buzz like Weinstein guaranteed/expected & Fassbender history of DV, beating up his ex wife thing made him lay low for a while. Then November 2017 when Weinstein expose broke. They’ve been mostly MIA. They’re surfacing now, probably for fashion week, plus the Tomb Raider sequel was greenlit (it was expected not to be).

      • ElleV says:

        Ding ding ding! I’m late to the game, but I find it interesting that these two, who got together with Weinstein’s blessing right before the sh*t hit the fan, are resurfacing only now after he was convicted. I wasn’t surprised to see them go dark through this whole thing because I suspect they both were too cozy with him for comfort.

      • nicegirl says:

        Yes Machaela

  11. KJ says:

    I suspect he turned away from the spotlight after the abuse allegations from his ex-partner kept bubbling up post-MeToo.

    • Scarlet Pimpernel says:

      That was my immediate thought too.

    • Stef says:

      Those rumors where circulating before that. She had a history of lying. He actually went into racing cars. There’s a bunch of videos that where released a couple of months ago

    • Otaku fairy says:

      @KJ: Yeah, I heard about there being domestic violence allegations against him pretty late. What ever happened with that?

      • Jaded says:

        Nothing has actually been proven – in court documents it just refers to a temporary restraining order Sunawin “Leasi” Andrews took out on him and he had to move out of the house she was leasing. Interestingly enough, she didn’t go to the hospital for 11 days despite having “a twisted left ankle, blown out left knee cap, and a bursted [sic] ovarian cyst” which she said caused heavy vaginal bleeding. She also accused him of throwing a chair at her and breaking her nose in a separate fight. Wouldn’t you think she’d go to the hospital right away with those kind of injuries or at least get photographic evidence from the police? I’m not siding with him BTW, but it all seems slightly “off”.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Nope. He had already semi-retired and those rumors were circulating long before that time.

  12. Carobell says:

    I loved him in the stupid Assassin’s Creed movie and apparently that was a passion project for him? Maybe he wants to make easy action films?
    They are a beautiful couple!

    • Elisa says:

      Ha, I loved that movie, there were some great actors in it!

      • dj says:

        I also loved Assassin’s Creed. Plus he was a Exec. Producer or Producer on that movie. He was hoping for a franchise. I thought it would have been a really great movie but got too bogged down in the early scientific part. IMO, if it would have illustrated more the historical Assassin part would have made a big difference. Marion Cotillard, I think, was pregnant and honestly could have been better casted. If someone would have cast an actress who Fassy had more chemistry with would have sparked something. Who knows. Just my opinion.

      • Thirtynine says:

        I loved it too! I thought it was really well done. Except for the end, and that was mostly because I couldn’t see Marion Cotillard go darkside like she did. Agree with dj, she wasn’t really well cast for that project. I like her and Fassbender together in the other stuff they’ve done, just not this.

  13. TeddyPicker says:

    I can’t wait for someone to do a long-read on what happened to Fassy. He easily could have stayed at the top of male A-Listers, even after the Assasin’s Creed/Snowman double bomb. Something definitely happened that precipitated such a fall from grace.

    • Mia4s says:

      But he never really was at the top of male A-listers. I’m kind of fascinated that people have that perception when he’s never opened a movie on his name and his highest profile films, X Men, was actually very much on the lower financial end for comic book films. He’s an actor’s actor. A director’s actor. Never really a star. I guess I’ll give his charisma some points that people seem to think so!

      I’m actually more interested in what went on with her. If gossip was to be believed she was hungry for the Jennifer Lawrence-level. Well either that was wrong or she changed her mind, because moving to Lisbon and keeping a very low profile after your big franchise film does….fine….is not the way to get there. Interesting.

      • Jerusha says:

        I thought that hungry narrative about AV was pushed by certain MF stans who hated her with a passion. They used to post here all the time.

      • Macheala says:

        This. She saw what JLaw got w/Weinstein’s support & she wanted to be the next JLaw. Weinstein was set on making Vikander & Fassbender the Hollywood IT couple on awards-level, not tabloid. The film they did tailored to be oscarbait failed. The Weinstein expose dropped Nov 2017, & recollections of the DV accusations were starting to surface.

        I think Alicia is beautiful but have no idea why people find Fassbender sexy. He isn’t physically attractive in the face & always looks dirty/greasy. But then again, I never found Brad Pitt or Leo or other default heartthrobs *shrug*

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      A fall from grace? LOL. Yeah the fall from grace is that he moved to Portugal and started racing cars. Lol.

    • MeganBot2020 says:

      I wouldn’t call living your best life in beautiful relaxed sunny Portugal with your wife, running a production company, and picking and choosing interesting projects to be a “fall from grace”. (And I am not a stan, or even a fan.)

      I’ve never read an interview with him so I have no idea even superficially of his personality, but loads of actors aren’t driven by desire for fame, and honestly most actors who start out that way quickly discover that the reality is nothing like the fantasy and try to find ways to reconcile the industry’s demands with their own professional and personal needs (eg the fact the quality and quantity of projects you get offered often directly correlates to your profile, and that you often implicitly or explicitly have to do ‘profile’ things to be able to do the work you want to do and work with the people you want to work with, or to get funding for your passion projects). There are tons and tons of actors who hate ‘celebrity’ but feel pressured to play along and try to manage the intrusion in order to make the work that they’re passionate about. And plenty of actors just find the reality of fame so unbearable they walk away completely, and are willing to sacrifice their careers and passions to protect their mental health and relationships. I know the media pushes the narrative that all actors are fame-hungry and don’t care about anything except magazine covers but honestly I’ve worked in the entertainment industry and been around celebrities of all levels of fame for close to 20 years now, and people in that category are really in the minority.

  14. Lightpurple says:

    They both look good and they look happy. Whatever they are doing seems to be working for them.

  15. Lauren says:

    Someone is feeling really salty.

  16. TheOtherSarah says:

    They look very content to me. Good for them.

  17. Veronica S. says:

    He’s made millions off the X-men franchise, so maybe he’s just like…whatever. Picking up whatever film he wants to when he wants. I do wonder if some of the actors who fade out after doing major franchises really just get tired of the industry.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Exactly this. A lot of people dont get or understand that. Hollywood is a LOT. Especially when you are at the level he was at. I honestly think he was over it. He didn’t sign on for any work after his X-Men contract was over. He moved to a different country. He started racing cars. I think he was and is simply over it. He is a great actor. If he WANTED to work more he would.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Yeah, I think he reminds me a lot of Eric Bana in that regard – a lot of people asked where that guy disappeared off to after his rise, but he’s always been pretty open about the fact that he’s content with the mid-range career he has because it gives him more family time in Australia. Unless you really thrive in that kind of ego-driven, high stakes environment or want tons of money and fame, I can see where it would kill the artistic drive after awhile. It’s industry, not high art.

      • Veruca_Salty says:

        In response to Veronica S. about Eric Bana following a similar career trajectory – I 100% agree with you. People keep asking what happened to Eric Bana? Um, he’s been steadily working ever since he “blew up” during the early 2000s. He CHOSE not to take the huge Hollywood route. Sure he signed on to be the Incredible Hulk but he always maintained his residence in Melbourne and has even said he’d probably work more if he lived in Los Angeles but chooses not to. And I feel like Fassy feels just about the same way. Interesting that both actors are into cars and racing as side passion projects…

  18. Fleur says:

    It’s interesting that a lot of people find him sexy. He literally does nothing for me. He has the body type that I usually go for, too, but something about his vibe…. I’m just not attracted to it or to him. I looove Cillian Murphy and find him super sexy, which seems like the same ballpark, but Fassy doesn’t do it for me. I find her luminous, though- I thought her work in the Danish Girl was incredible.

    • Elisa says:

      I have been a fan of him ever since Shame and of her since Ex Machina. Both are incredibly good actors with huge talent.

  19. L4frimaire says:

    Attractive couple. She was so good in Ex-Machina. They’re both such good actors so surprised he’s not in more ambitious projects.

  20. Valiantly Varnished says:

    It’s been kind of known that Fassbender is semi-retired from acting at this point. I just dont think he cares about it anymore. He has really been all in on racing and that seems to be where his passion lies. I get it. I stopped acting when I was over it as well. I think he works when he needs the money and that’s it. Which is perfectly fine.

  21. Emily says:

    I thought he did an interview after he did his Shame Oscar promotional duties that he would never campaign for an Oscar again. He put his all into it and was snubbed by the Academy and he simply doesn’t want to go through that. So when he was nominated again for 12 Years A Slave, he refused to go down that route and maybe that’s why he dropped off the Hollywood radar? Anyways no actor stays on top forever. It’s not possible. Looks like he’s happy living with Alicia in Lisbon! I forgot they were even married.

  22. anon says:

    In other news, June Carter Cash demanded that Vikander return the dress she borrowed.

    My gawd, Alicia, that is some 1974 fashion (those SHOES!) right there.


  23. Star says:

    He looks hot again? Not sure what happened for a while there with him, but nice to see him looking good. She looks beautiful as always. She does interesting roles but it does seem like she limits herself mostly to Europe-based stuff.

  24. Sass says:

    Well I came here to say that maybe his physical abuse of former partners actually resulted in real consequences for his trash actions but considering he’s basically living life on permanent vacation I guess not. Hollywood still protects the scum.

  25. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Nicole Beharie said he dumped her via text. I’ve always thought guys who do that are cowards and @ssholes, and have no respect for their partners. Alicia is all smiles now, but leopards don’t change their spots.

  26. MeganB says:

    He’s just finished filming Next Goal Wins directed by Taika Waititi, so I think his career might come back on the right track. We’ll see soon.

  27. Awkward symphony says:

    He’s actually been busy becoming a semi-professional car racer! Watch the YT series👇

  28. Flying Fish says:

    Neither one of these two can act as far as I am concerned…totally overrated.

  29. Jan080 says:

    Good looking couple. Vikander has fantastic legs. Hope Fassbender appears in more films in 2020. He’s a fine actor.

  30. Wolfie88 says:

    I can’t seem to get pass their body language. Smh

    • Call_me_al says:

      Me neither. Something is off with him. Or maybe something was off with him before and now he’s normal. Either way, he’s different in terms of body language.

  31. Orangegirl says:

    I am obsessed with her outfit! I love it and the shoes are great!! They both look beautiful!

  32. Minxx says:

    Weinstein couple resurfaced after his conviction. What a surprise. He looks absolutely horrid, like a shadow of his former self. I suspect alcohol and/drugs, that stuff ages you fast. She looks nice.

  33. Ruth Nineke says:

    Someone said leopards don’t change their spots. Firmly believe he abuses. I used to love him, but once I read the accounts of what happened with his ex, literally dragging her in the car and busting her knee cap – I was done with him. I think he fled hollywood to spare himself the exposure that so many were getting over the last 3 years – with Me too etc. He definitely has that poor girl trapped. She’ll see in time.