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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Fri May 29, 2009 12:53 am

Darn...don't care for Graumann's theater.

Thanks DK! Time to plan....
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Fri May 29, 2009 1:40 am

I wanna go!!! I wish I lived in CA... *sigh*
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Fri May 29, 2009 2:27 am

I wish you did TOOOOOOO!!!!!

I need to find a job so I can have a place so that DK can move over here!
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Fri May 29, 2009 10:25 am

Please remember to get a good whiff of him and report back to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Fri May 29, 2009 2:10 pm

So you're gonna let me mooch off of you, Alice?

I'd need a job too. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Fri May 29, 2009 2:30 pm

I would if I had a place...I'm all for helping friends out...
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Sun May 31, 2009 11:05 pm

He was also seen in early 2004 in a Guinness television commercial, The Quarrel, playing a man who swims across the ocean from Ireland to apologize personally to his brother in New York.
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This jumped out at me while reading his bio.

Can anybody get a hold of this?
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Sun May 31, 2009 11:21 pm

Youtube, babes...



Watch him...he still flirts with his pal's girl at the end...how sorry was he really? lol!

We actually hiked that cliff when we went to Ireland...scared the beegeezus out of me...still have nightmares every once in a while. And it's actually illegal to hike the cliffs. At times, we were inches away from the possibility of the earth just falling from our feet and a drop of hundreds of feet to the water...or shore.

It's beautiful though. Absolutely breathtaking.

Been spending the evening finding pictures in France from Cannes. He looks good in a suit.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:39 am



Aaaaa! I KNEW I could count on you!! Can he be any more adorable? Cripes! What I wouldn't give to share a few pints with him at a cozy pub!

As far as your adventures in Ireland, obviously you connected to that ancient land....and it didn't let you fall.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:11 pm

ok fans,

I need to know if I have a problem with my computer. I had some bad things on it yesterday and am running some cleaning programs.

But for some reason, I can't get into the forum. I hope it's just me.

http://michael-fassbender.net/forum/
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:14 pm

Fatal error: Not able to open ./cache/data_global.php in /home/michael/public_html/forum/includes/acm/acm_file.php on line 112

This is the message (on a white screen) when I clicked on that link, Alice. Does that help you?
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:16 pm

I'm getting the same error, so it isn't just you. His forum must be down.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:32 pm

thanks...I appreciate it.

Now what the heck do we do?
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:05 pm

I dunno. Who's in charge of the Fassbender forum?
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:44 pm

Well, that's a long story now...

We'll have to wait to see if it's temporary or if we will have to start anew.

In the mean time, I've had to update the multiply page with pictures I was going to post on the forum.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:21 pm

When this forum goes down, the first thing I do is check on the forum's forum and see what's going on. A lot of times the downtime is a server, or maintenance or something. Someone with admin privileges will need to do some research, maybe contact the people hosting the forum to see what's up.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:10 pm

Thanks. If I knew where that was...

I did look to see if any other forum was down, that was using the same hosting site. They looked ok.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:53 pm

I'm so freaking proud...

http://www.iftn.ie/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4282239&tpl=archnewshome&force=1

Michael Fassbender Actors Masterclass at Fleadh

18 Jun 2009 |

IFTA winning actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Hunger, 300) will be the subject of the 21st Galway Film Fleadh’s Actors Masterclass. The FSTI training event, taking place on July 11, will be facilitated by casting agents Ros Hubbard and Mary Maguire.

The Masterclass, in association with Fás Screen Training Ireland, is open to all aspiring and budding actors and those interested should submit a CV to Mary Deely in the Galway Film Centre, Cluain Mhuire, Monivea Road, Galway. For further information please call 091 770748 or email masterclasses@galwayfilmfleadh.com

The Fleadh is set to pay tribute to Fassbender in their 2009 programme. Two of his recent projects, ‘Inglourious Basterds’, directed by Quentin Tarantino and ‘Fish Tank’, directed by Andrea Arnold, premiered to critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Earlier this year, Fassbender received the IFTA for Best Actor for his role in Steve McQueen's feature ‘Hunger’.

Fassbender’s other screen credits include roles in ‘Band of Brothers’, ‘Murphy’s Law’ and Francois Ozon’s ‘Angel’. As part of the Fleadh’s tribute to Michael Fassbender, ‘Hunger ‘will screen on Friday July 10th.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:01 pm

Awwww, they grow up so fast, don't they?
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:17 pm

I know...keep getting prouder and prouder.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:46 pm

Has this been posted yet?

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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:38 pm

not here... Very Happy

I haven't posted much here...could post that one article...big Gerry...lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:12 pm

Yes do! The big purple dildo named "Big Gerry".
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:47 pm

aw shucks...let me get it..
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Fassbender   Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:01 pm

http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/14391

Michael Fassbender
Galway Advertiser, July 09, 2009.
- a soldier’s life on the big screen
Galway Advertiser

By Kernan Andrews

AS AN actor, Michael Fassbender has been living a soldier’s life these past 10 years. Since appearing in Band Of Brothers, the Kerryman has gone on to star as a Greek warrior in 300, as IRA MP and hunger striker Bobby Sands in Hunger, and in August we will see him back on the big screen as a British army officer in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.

Michael Fassbender will be in Galway this weekend as one of the principle guests at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. Hunger will be screened tomorrow at 1.30pm in the Omniplex and he will give the Actors’ Masterclass on Saturday. In this exclusive interview, Michael talks about the experience of playing Bobby Sands and working with Quentin Tarantino.

From Kerry to Sparta

Michael was born in Heidelberg in Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany to an Irish mother and German father in 1977. When Michael was two, he and his parents moved to Killarney, where he grew up and where his unusual name did not go unnoticed.

“You can imagine the combinations of ‘Fass’ and ‘Bender’ you can have and you would have the p**s taken out of you,” Michael tells me over the phone from Los Angeles on a Monday evening. “In the family you would have O’Sullivan’s one side and Fassbenders on the other so you did stand out like a sore thumb. It was interesting when I was younger but it turned out all right.”

During his teens Michael took up the electric guitar “because I wanted to be in a heavy metal band but I wasn’t talented enough”. However his mother’s love of film and drama classes at his local school of St Brendan’s College in Killarney convinced him that his future lay in acting.

“It was the films my mother suggested to me,” says Michael. “The 1970s American new wave films by Coppolla, Scorsese, those influenced me. A major factor in deciding to go into acting was the drama classes in St Brendan’s. Doing a couple of classes gave me the buzz. De Niro, Brando, and Pacino were heroes. I wanted to try and emulate them. At 17 that’s when I decided what I wanted to do.”

Michael’s first major breakthrough as an actor came in 2001 when he played the role of Sgt Burton ‘Pat’ Christenson in the acclaimed WWII TV series Band Of Brothers, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. It was to mark the start of a career playing numerous military men in the midst of war - his first major role as a film actor would be in a war movie, albeit one set in ancient times.

300, the film adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel, based on the Spartan’s heroic last stand against the Iranian army at the pass of Thermopylae in 480 BC, saw Michael take on the role of the Spartan Stelios. A noble, courageous, warrior, Stelios, as he lies dying following the Iranians successful final assault tells King Leonidas “it is an honour to die by your side”. It was a role Michael thoroughly enjoyed.

“It was like having all the best toys,” he recalls. “We were in an amazing location and you got to relive your childhood with the best props and people training you how to fight with a sword and shield. It was always fun filming and physicality had 80 per cent to do with the character as 300 was such a visual feast. I had to make sure I could carry a sword and shield and the shield could weight 30lbs. You had to be pretty strong to carry it. We just had to carry if for a while. The Spartans would have to carry that for whole days and during battle.”

Hunger

Michael’s next project would see him play a very different kind of fighter waging war in a very different way. It is also the role for which, to date, he is best known and most celebrated - IRA volunteer, prisoner, MP, songwriter, and hunger striker Bobby Sands in Hunger, Steve McQueen’s acclaimed depiction of the 1981 hunger strikes.

For the role, Michael had to lose 14 kilos and weighed about 59 kilos by the end. How gruelling an experience was it - both physically and physiologically - for Michael to lose that amount of weight and to put himself into the mind of a man on hunger strike?

“There were moments when losing weight was tough but the whole experience was more positive than negative,” he says. “There were lots of intense periods where I needed to be by myself and have that discipline to fast. Then again our ancestors did this, even as recently as my grandfather, he went on pilgrimages and fasts.

“During the fasting I had moments of euphoria during the day but at night it was horrendous. I got a flavour of what they went through, but at the end of the day I could go home. These men were doing it for real. Sands was an IRA solider who sacrificed his life in prison for what he believed in.

“I knew we had something special filmed and I didn’t want to let the rest down. I respected the topic matter and gave it the amount of preparation it needed. I was in Belfast for five weeks before making the film, getting the accent right, talking to people about what his mindset would have been in prison, what these men felt they were fighting for, and then put it away, and do what you felt was right.”

Hunger put the Irishman on the map and won Michael the best actor awards at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival and the 2009 London Critics Circle, IFTA, and BIFA awards.

Inglourious Basterds

Michael’s next major feature film will see him play a solider once again, but as is becoming the pattern, a very different soldier in a very different setting - the role of British officer Lieutenant Archie Hicox in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, where he will star alongside Brad Pitt and Mike Myers. The film is set in occupied France during WWII, and concerns a group of Jewish-American soldiers whose task is to spread fear by scalping and killing Nazis.

“I enjoy doing character parts and different accents,” says Michael. “Quentin Tarantino said the character is a film critic as well as a brilliant commander who would liked to have seen himself as an actor. Tarantino gave me all these old George Sanders movies so I could take on the way they speak and hold themselves in those movies form the 1930s and 1940s.”

So what is it like to work with Tarantino?

“He’s very clear and he knows what he wants,” says Michael. “He’s a workaholic and he expects the same from you. All the preparatory work is done before you arrive on set so there’s no time to waste. He’s confident and it’s nice to be around someone with that confident and creative approach. He also really enjoys film. I’ve never come across anybody who knows film, like he does, from around the world.”

Being a Tarantino film, there was also a lot of fun on set.

“I was pinching myself being on set with these people,” says Michael. “Mike Myers is great. He’s unrecognisable from his other films. He stays in character and speaks in that accent all day. Tarantino likes to have a fun atmosphere and has music playing between takes. If anybody was found asleep, they had their photo taken with Big Gerry, a big purple dildo. People found asleep on set would have their photo taken with the dildo pointing to their mouth, etc. If you were caught three times you were out. I was never caught but there was a wall of shame with lots of people’s photos on it.”
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