Michael Fassbender Talks ‘X-Men: First Class 2′ & Acting Overload

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:00 pm,

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These days if you watch a string of movie trailers back-to-back, there’s a good (1-in-4?) chance that you’ll see the face of Michael Fassbender appear onscreen. In the last two years alone, Fassbender has been a standout performer in an ecclectic blend of films ranging from big-budget thrill rides (Jonah Hex, Haywire, Prometheus), to more stirring and/or provocative indie dramas (Jane Eyre, Shame, A Dangerous Method).

However, the general moviegoing public best knows Fassbender from his role as a young Magneto in X-Men: First Class - and are eagerly anticipating his return to the character in the already announced X-Men: First Class 2 (tentative title). Scroll down to read what Fassbender had to say at the Prometheus press junket about returning to the X-Men movie universe – as well as his many, many other movie roles.

In regards to how First Class 2 is shaping up, Fassbender seemed optimistic:

It looks like with X-Men we are going to be starting up next year I think, so I’m excited by the prospect of that, and the ideas that have been floating around on that court, and to get back together with that team again.

On the other hand, the actor seemed rather nonchalant about the usual challenges when it comes to the  sequel chapter of a blockbuster movie franchise like X-Men:

So you know it’s just about another job, really. It’s just another film isn’t it? Just a continuation of that last one. You go on to one and then when that’s done they have to make it available for you to be ready for the next one, so that’s the only thing. It just means going on to the next film when it’s ready to go.

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We just learned (at the time of writing this) that First Class 2 will indeed start shooting in January/February 2013 for a July 2014 release. But given the nonstop pace of Fassbender’s onscreen work, what other films will he be adding to his slate? Says the actor:

I’m going on to 12 Years A Slave with [his ‘Shame‘ director ] Steve [McQueen] in New Orleans right after here. Well I’ve got to go to Los Angeles and New York for more promotion [of 'Prometheus'] and then out there with two weeks of prep and then I go into it.

Though it may not seem like it at the moment – what with his face plastered all over billboards and ads for Prometheus - Fassbender has actually been taking a breather from acting. Let’s just say we weren’t the only ones who noticed that his face was appearing onscreen more often than not. When asked whether he truly hasn’t acted in a role since July of 2011, Fassbender responded:

Yeah. It felt good. I needed to stop. I needed to get some perspective. I had done six films back to back in 20 months, so it was like “Okay, take a break” and then the promotion thing kicked in and then I really wanted to make DMC, my production company, really work as opposed to just an idea and you’ve got to put a lot of time into that. So I really did focus energies in that, working with writers, finding the writers, and so now I go back to acting again, plus my friends are like “We are fucking sick of you and we see your face everywhere,” so I was like “Okay, I won’t do anything for a while.”

Fassbender with director Steve McQueen

Don’t expect that respite to last. With franchise-worthy properties like Prometheus and X-Men already in his pocket, and strong working relationships with acclaimed directors ranging from Steven Soderbergh to Quentin Tarantino to Steve McQueen, Michael Fassbender’s silver-screen invasion shows no signs of abating in the near future. That is, unless he needs another breather.

Prometheus will be in UK theaters on June 1, 2012; and US theaters on June 8, 2012.

X-Men: First Class 2 will be in theaters on July 18, 2014.

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  1. Michael Fassbender is a brilliant actor, the oscar snub this year was a shame (pun intended).

  2. Michael Fassbender is a great actor. Can’t wait for Prometheus next weekend. Been excited for this movie for a while now and can’t wait for the X:FC2. X:FC was by far my #1 superhero movie last summer. You all can pretty much guess what was last on the superhero movie list last year? :D

  3. As far as I’m concerned, he can invade the silver screen as long as he wants. He’s a wonderful actor. When more and more movies are starting to star people like Channing Tatum and Taylor Lautner it’s rather refreshing to have someone with such talent to be getting so many roles. Fassbender and McAvoy are such a wonderful pair in the X-Men movies too. Keep it coming!

  4. cannot wait for x-men first class 2 but they had better have Beak in it as well as cyclops,jean,storm,sentinels,stryker,sabretoothe,Blob, and toad.

  5. I’ve been wondering how busy his schedule had to be the past year. He and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have really been busy…

  6. Fassbender is a terrific actor IMO, and as far as I’m concerned, he can be in any movie he wants.

    Very excited to for Prometheus, and I can’t wait to see him in XMFC2 (he was the highlight of the fist movie IMO).

  7. You failed to mention David Cronenberg and Ridley Scott when you were listing off relationships with acclaimed directors.

  8. Fassbender is great. I noticed that he also had a role in the series Band of Brothers, saw him in a few episodes watching the marathon on Memorial Day.

  9. I hope the next X-Men puts everybody in their comic-book suits. I don’t blame Fox for the leather outfits from the first three, since the first X-Men came out before audiences had started to accept superhero costumes, but if Avengers is any indication, nobody has a problem with goofy spandex and cowls (Captain America).

    They already gave Magneto his over-the-top comic costume at the end of the first First Class, so let’s bring on the bright pastels. Make the movie take place in the 70s and you’ve basically got a free pass anyway.

  10. X-Men 1st. Class was not very good; hope the next one will be better. But I’d rather see the “real” X-Men, especially Cyclops, VS The Sentinels. Let’s reboot X-men, & I mean the original 3 films. Now that would be a real challenge for any director/producer/writer/actos!

  11. I don’t think X2 will do that good. X-Men: First Class was a great comic book movie, just not a great X-Men movie. I don’t mind them rewriting origins and what not (I thought they did a good job with Xavier & Erik), but I think Marvel Studios has finally shown that a great movie/comic adaptation can be achieved if you respect the source material. People are already introduced to the X-Men in the present day, not this 60/70s X-Men era.

    Plus, looks like he (Fassbender) sees the writing on the wal,l and doesn’t seem too thrilled with the idea of a sequel. I’d hate to say it, reboot the franchise and act like the third X-Men never took place. Ideally, it would be a dream for Marvel to get the rights back but no way that will ever happen.

  12. Such a good actor. Keep up the good work, Mike!