Mostly Credited As: Michael Fassbender
Birth Name: Michael Fassbender
Date Of Birth: April 02, 1978 (Age 36)
Country Of Birth: Germany
Birth Place: Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg
Height: 6' (1.82 m)
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Languages: Fluent German,
Natural Accent: Southern Irish,
Accents: RP, Various Irish (Native) Northern, Scottish, North & South American, German,
Musical Instruments: Guitar, Piano & Accordian ,
Sports: Horse Riding, Swimming, Atheletics,
Sports Certificates: Stage Fighting ,
Singing: Baritone ,
Dance: Ballet ,
Joel Schumacher is one of his favourite directors and has now been cast in a lead role in one of Schumacher's films.
For his role in Hunger, Michael slimmed down dramatically to achieve the affect of the hunger-striking activist Bobby Sands.
Michael is related to Michael Collins, whom he played in the stage production of Allegiance, through his mother, Adele Fassbender.
For his role in the stage production of The Three Sisters, Michael learnt Russian dancing which he describes as 'similar to breakdancing'.
For Band of Brothers, Michael attended a gruelling 12 day bootcamp for actors where they were taught everything about survival and what it truly meant to be a soldier in a war situation.
It took six hours in hair and make up to make Michael into the true biblical version of Azazeal in the first episode of Hex.
Was transformed into a goat for The Cooper Temple Clause's video Blind Pilots.
He has produced, directed and starred in a stage version of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.
Michael has formed his own production company known as 'Peanut Productions'.
Michael Fassbender Quotes
On his role in 'A Bear Named Winnie':
Trainer: "One of the serious things we've noticed about Michael is when we said to him 'we'd love you to spend some time with the animals'. He never leaves. We come in the morning at 5:30 and he's here on the ground with the bears. We try and pack up at night to go and he's like '5 more minutes!' He's like a child. 5 more minutes! He just, he won't go. We love him but geez go home, Michael, sometimes."
Michael: "Yeah it costs a lot to feed me as well. I go through a lot of bear milk."
On Period costumes: "They're great. I love them. It makes my job easier. You put on a costume and you look different."
His part in 'The Three Sisters': "...Russian dancing. I have to do a lot of that in the play but actually it isn't too bad. Did you know, some of the moves are very similar to break dancing?"
On the struggle between theatre and film: "In an ideal world I would like to balance between the two. I think of theatre as a marathon and film as a sprint. There is a period of time set aside for rehearsal in theatre. It is a more physical experience and I love the live connection with the audience. With film there is usually little or no time for rehearsal - most rehearsal is done on your own at home and you need the discipline for that. And the camera picks up on every little inflection - you can't lie to the camera."
Michael speaks fluent German as his father, Josef Fassbender, is a famous German chef.