Celebrities in Classics is a regular feature where I highlight the classic novel adaptations my favourite actors have starred in.
WHO IS IT? I was tempted to make this a McFassy (Fassbender/McAvoy bromance) post, but Michael Fassbender is everywhere right now. From the red-hot MacBeth trailer, Assassin’s Creed and Steve Jobs first-look pics, and news that The Light Between Oceans just wrapped, how can we not have Michael Fassbender on our minds?
WHAT’S SO FASCINATING? In interviews, he loves to joke around and not take himself too seriously which I find incredibly endearing. You can tell from the movie roles he’s tackled that Michael Fassbender isn’t afraid to take risks and get far outside his comfort zone. Many of the characters he’s portrayed are rough around the edges and raw on the inside. He’s been frequently nominated for acting awards winning the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor for his roles in Fish Tank and Shame, as well as the AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor for 12 Years A Slave.
FIRST ENCOUNTER For the longest time, I never understood the appeal of Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre. He’s just a grumpy pants, I thought. Then I saw Michael Fassbender as the character and witnessed the bewildering array of emotions and frenzied passion on screen. It was like being hit by a truck and I spent the whole movie going, “Wow!”
CLASSIC BOOK FILMOGRAPHY
2001 ~ Band of Brothers ~ Burton ‘Pat’ Christenson
2004 ~ Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking ~ Charles Allen
2006 ~ Poirot: After the Funeral ~ George Abernethie
2007 ~ 300 ~ Stelios
2010 ~ Jonah Hex ~ Burke
2011 ~ Jane Eyre ~ Edward Rochester
2011 ~ X-Men: First Class ~ Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
2013 ~ 12 Years a Slave ~ Edwin Epps
2014 ~ X-Men: Days of Future Past ~ Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
2015 ~ Macbeth ~ Macbeth
For more of Michael’s filmography, visit Wikipedia.
FUN FACT Michael apparently still lives in the same London flat he moved into as a struggling actor.
GREAT QUOTE (on Jane Eyre) … I did it because my mother and my sister are really big fans of the book, and I wanted to see what they would think of the “Rochester” that I would bring to the table. … I like that the characters are ugly and they’re beautiful and they’re cruel and they’re nurturing. There’s so much complexity to the characters, they’re so well-written, and I find that interesting. There’s ambiguity within the characters, and that’s what really attracted me to it, to the performance.
What’s your favourite Fassy movie? Who should I profile next for Celebrities in Classics?