Michael Fassbender is one of the hottest properties in Hollywood today. A champion of British independent cinema, having formed one of the most consistent actor/director partnerships with the Academy award winning Steve McQueen, Fassbender has also managed to make the successful transition to Hollywood, having worked with the likes of Brian Singer and Ridley Scott, appearing in both the X-men and Prometheus franchises.
One of the main reasons behind Fassbender’s success is his adaptability to a role, whether he is playing a morally ambiguous robot or an IRA member on hunger strike Fassbender is utterly captivating and it is this diversity that makes him one of the most attractive names in Hollywood today.
This month we have seen the release of two films starring Michael Fassbender; two totally different films that highlight just how diverse an actor he is. First of all we saw the release of Frank, a British comedy based around the story of Frank Sidebottom, a movie which sees Fassbender wear a prosthetic head for the majority of the movies run time. And this week the follow up to X-men First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, where he reprises his role as the villainous Magneto.
To celebrate the release of these movies we are going to take a look back at six of his best performances to date.
Prometheus remains one of the most divisive blockbusters in recent years. Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien franchise had some fans salivating at its intricate plot whilst others shied away, arguing that it was nothing more than a self indulgent mess. One thing that everybody agreed on though was that Michael Fassbender stole the show as David, the half man, half robot whose moral ambiguity was the most intriguing element of the movie.
Fassbender’s icy stare, blank expression and Peter O Toole inspired dialogue created a fascinating creature, a machine who had outsmarted its creators and was discovering its own consciousness as the movie developed. Fassbender has confirmed that David will be returning in the movies highly anticipated sequel and having received such huge praise for his performance in the first it is highly likely he will be even more central to the plot this time around.