Monday, August 26, 2013

Michael Fassbender Talks Rom-Coms, X-Men, and Inspiring Women With Us


by Megan Angelo

He’s got a brain that’s at least as hot as his body—and he’s not afraid to use either. (When your grandkids go, “Sheesh, Nana!” after you recommend his full-frontal scenes in Shame, remind them it’s art.) Next month he stars in two dark dramas, The Counselor and 12 Years a Slave, both superstar-making roles. Fassbender called Glamour after a day of filming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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.


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