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Michael Fassbender Relieved He Waited For Fame

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Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender says he would have gone "ape sh*t" if he'd found fame at a young age.

The 34-year-old actor is now a huge global star thanks to his roles in films such as A Dangerous Method and Shame, and while he used to be upset at not winning roles when he was younger, he is now grateful for it.

"You know, I spent a lot of time out of work. Now I'm trying to make hay while the sun is shining. I wouldn't change anything. The fame thing, the honey traps, I don't know that I would've handled it well at 23. I would've gone ape sh*t."

Despite being a huge star now, Michael is still very grounded, which he credits to his upbringing in rural Ireland: "My upbringing was pretty innocent. Fishing, climbing trees and running around the countryside. I was also an altar boy at a local Catholic church responsible for unlocking the doors in the morning. I slept in a few times. The whole congregation would be waiting outside and I's be running across the fields with the keys."


Michael Fassbender to Take Mother on Oscar Date

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender wants to take his mother on a date to the Oscars.

The Shame actor - who is widely tipped to be nominated for an Academy Award following a blockbuster year of movies including A Dangerous Method, X-Men: First Class, and Haywire - has his parents to thank for him being able to earn a living prior to making it big, and he would like to take his mum down the red carpet at the event.

"It took me a while to come to grips with how expensive London was. My parents helped me out, but we never had a lot of money. [An Oscar Nomination] would just be a bonus, but of course I would take my mum down the red carpet."

Discussing his role in Shame, the Irish/German star admits he was "worried" about the gravity of playing a man who was dealing with an addiction to sex: "I was a bit worried that I'd perhaps bitten off more than I could chew. But I'm always interested in trying to investigate different personalities. I want to keep myself guessing and keep the fear element alive so that I don't get too comfortable."

Steve McQueen Praises Michael Fassbender

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender is a "once-in-a generation" actor. The Shame star has a "femininity" which helps put him into the same league as Hollywood greats like Marlon Brando and James Dean, according to director Steve McQueen:

"He's a once in a generation actor. Michael's a man's man, but he has a femininity too. A lot of actors today are very masculine. You have to go back to actors like Brando and James Dean to find that combination. His openness is key to him being a great actor."

Although he has played some weighty roles in recent years, such as Northern Irish hunger strike prisoner Bobby Sands in Hunger and sex addict Brendan in Shame, Michael could branch out into action, as he is in the frame for a remake of 1987 movie Robocop, about a former policeman who is murdered and re-created as a crime-fighting cyborg.

"You know, I'm always open. I'll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation. It's not definitely like, 'Oh, I've got to play RoboCop before I retire.' I don't have that about anything. I don't go, 'I have to play the Dane one day, or Hamlet.' If I react to the script, then I'm up for anything," Michael said.

David Cronenberg: ‘My Movies Are Irrelevant to Me’

A Dangerous MethodDavid Cronenberg feels his movies are "totally irrelevant" to him. The director - who is renowned for making films in the body horror genre, which explores people's fears of transformation - isn't worried if there are no links between any of his films because he sees them as standalone projects.

"The movies I have done are totally irrelevant to me - I don't worry about a connection because I'm making the movie and it will be there."

But in his latest directed movie A Dangerous Method - which tells the story of the intense relationship between psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and his psychoanalyst mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) - David thinks there is an association between the graphic nature of the motion picture and his other films: "You could say, well, Freud insisted on the reality of the human body at a time when people didn't want to know about the body and covered it up with many layers of clothes. Freud talked about penises and vaginas and anuses and excrement and child abuse and incest. That connects this movie to my other movies."

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Michael Fassbender Open to RoboCop Role

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender wants to "take a look" at the RoboCop script.

The Shame actor has been linked to the role in a remake of the classic 1987 movie - starring Peter Weller as a former policeman who is murdered and re-created as a crime-fighting cyborg - by director Jose Padilha, and he reveals he would consider taking part in the film if he could see the story.

"You know, I'm always open. I'll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation. It's not definitely like, 'Oh, I've got to play RoboCop before I retire.' I don't have that about anything. I don't go, 'I have to play the Dane one day, or Hamlet.' I don't really think like that. I just wait and see what comes up, and I'm always open to it. If I react to the script, then I'm up for anything."

Michael - who has previously played Magneto in X-Men: First Class - also reveals he would be keen to wear the iconic outfit worn by the robotic character: "It could be kind of fun. It could be kind of good to have a helmet that I could hide behind for most of the film too, that sounds kind of appealing."

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James McAvoy to Star in New Danny Boyle Thriller

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James McAvoyScotsman James McAvoy is set to star in new thriller Trance.

The X-Men: First Class actor is in talks to take on one of the lead roles of the Danny Boyle-directed movie as original favorite Michael Fassbender is now out of the running.

The film tells the story of an assistant at an art auction house planning a daring robbery alongside a notorious gang leader (McAvoy). However, the assistant suffers a blow to the head and loses his memory, prompting the gang to try to pry the information on the stolen painting's whereabouts from his puzzled brain using a hypnotist's skills.

Oscar-winning director Boyle is aiming to start shooting the movie in September, before he concentrates on coordinating the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. Once that's over, he will edit the film, before it is released in March 2013.

Box Office Breakdown: Green Lantern Fights Off Super 8

Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern

Even though the buzz for Green Lantern fizzled at the reveal of its rather disappointing full-length trailer, Ryan Reynold's abs the superhero flick managed to fight off last week's box office winner, Super 8.

The DC comic book adaptation scored $53 million at the box office in its first week, while the J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg project Super 8 managed to finish second -- down from last week's top spot -- at $21.2 million . Jim Carrey's family comedy Mr. Popper's Penguins debuted in third place raking in $18.2 million, pushing last week's second place film X-Men: First Class  -- the X-Men prequel starring James Mcavoy and Michael Fassbender -- to fourth with $11.5 million.

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VIDEO: X-Men First Class Trailer Released


The dramatic trailer for X-Men: First Class is here, and it’s awesome.

The attention-getting clip focuses on the young Professor X (James McAvoy) and the young Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Other familiar X-Men present in the trailer include Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult).

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 2, 2010

Toy Story 3Here are some of the options available this week:

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai: Blu-ray
  • Centurion: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • The Goonies (25th Anniversary Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Highlander: Blu-ray
  • Highlander 2: Blu-ray
  • Once Fallen: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Sound of Music (45th Anniversary Edition): DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Toy Story 3: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • White Christmas: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Wiz: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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In Theaters This Weekend: August 27, 2010

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The Last Exorcism (PG-13): starring Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr (directed by Daniel Stamm)
  • Takers (PG-13): starring Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba (directed by John Luessenhop)
  • Aashayein* (NR): starring John Abraham, Anaitha Nair, Sonal Sehgal (directed by Nagesh Kukunoor)
  • Avatar* (PG-13): starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver (directed by James Cameron)

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