Freundin – Kultur
Our Conversation with Michael Fassbender
“My ego got carried away”
Sex addict, slave driver, gangster: Michael Fassbender is the man for the abysmal and one of the hottest favorites for the Oscar. We wanted to know more about the German-Irish man and his private life. An intimate interview.
What actually happens in the mind of Michael Fassbender? The 36-year-old seems to take on roles only when it is certain that he can play a really broken figure. Through his portrayal of a loveable sex addict in Shame, he became a star. Now as a lawyer in The Counselor (released in Germany 28.11.13 ) he sinks deeper and deeper into the criminal underworld. In January, he is in the drama 12 Years A Slave, as a ruthless slave driver were spread fear and terror on the German screens.
Therefore, back to the original question: What makes Fassbender tick? The first impression: The man is extremely friendly and accommodating. He asks the interviewer not only about their health, but tops up their glass even if it is still half full. He has a very engaging smile, and on top of that he looks in good shape. Just like one would choose, as the U.S. magazine ‘Esquire’ where he was listed as one of the top ten hottest men on the planet.
Mr. Fassbender, do we need to be worried about you?
“This constant descent into mental abysses must leave some marks.
No, and I don’t use it as therapy or something. That would be perverse. I visited only once in my life for an hour a psychotherapist. That was not my cup of tea. These roles are exhausting, no question. But I feel myself relieved afterwards.”
What do you do to come down?
“I ride on my bike. Or I surf. I have recently started that. What must have looked pretty funny for the people on the shore. But I relax best when driving go-karts. Although I did not really master it. But that makes the difference I have to concentrate every second not to build an accident. It has a meditative effect.”
At the upcoming Academy Awards you are classified again as one of the favorites. Like in 2012.
“At that time… I was not even nominated. That really annoyed me. After I got all kinds of awards and nominations for “Shame”, my ego got the better of me. What is nonsense because such prices are not awarded according to objective criteria like in sports. By now, I have a healthier attitude. I am happy if the audience likes my film.”
What does success mean for you?
“That I need not to agonize about money. In the past, and it’s no joke, some days I could not even afford the Subway.”
What for are you willing to spend a lot of money on?
“For trips, that are important to me. Otherwise, I’m thrifty.”
Even with clothes?
“I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to fashion. My motto is to be comfortable. I feel at ease in tracksuit as well. However, tailored suits have the advantage that I look smarter. And probably have more success with women.”
The “Esquire” magazine is celebrating you as a sex symbol again. There doesn’t seem to be a steady partner in your life currently. No interest?
“Yes, sure. It’s always nicer to be two, a pair. Everything is more fun, you get to know yourself better, evolving. Right now I’m probably just too selfish. This is also on the job. Sometimes I fall off of the face of the earth for a couple of weeks. Even my best friends do not get to see me then.”
What do you find most attractive in women ?
“Are we talking about the body? There is actually nothing I do not like. The neck, the shoulders, the clavicle, the wrists. I love everything about women.”
If you don’t have a woman at your side – who supports you during hectic times?
“My family in Ireland. I miss them very much at the moment because I am constantly away. Not having them around has the worst side effect for me when I moved to London because of my acting. When we sit together and talk until morning – that’s the feeling that I need to survive.”
You have a German father, were born in Heidelberg and moved at the age of two with your parents to Ireland. How strong is your German side?
“I can still understand the language, but speaking German? It is embarrassing. It was even as a child. But I regularly visit, I have a few aunts and uncles along with some cousins in the area of Hildesheim.”
What do you like about Germany?
“Schnitzel with Sauerkraut, that the trains are on time and the German sense of humor. The people abroad do not realize how funny you can be. And as far as I can tell, you have a relaxed attitude to sex.”
[Please forgive any translation errors.]ndin