Aug
20
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You haven’t lived until you’ve stared FRANK right in the face. Frank, if you didn’t know, is the star of the quirky British comedy of the same name; an eccentric frontman of a band of strange musicians, he never goes anywhere without his gigantic paper mache head.

Odd, yes. Odder still when you consider the fact Frank is portrayed by Michael Fassbender, one of the most charismatic leading men in the movies today. But don’t let the giant noggin throw you off: even without good looks leading the way, Fassbender gives a dynamic, energetic performance as the unconventional entertainer. He’s matched every step of the way by rising star Domhnall Gleeson, who plays the newest member of Frank’s merry band, an aspiring musician who isn’t sure he can handle the unpredictable lifestyle that comes with being friends with Frank.

I recently spoke to Fassbender, Gleeson and “Frank” about the movie, the freedom of acting behind a mask, indies vs. franchises, and the next film we’ll be seeing Gleeson in: a little something called STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. (Just wait until Fassbender finds out about his co-star’s new gig.)

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Aug
17
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In the Irish dramedy Frank, Michael Fassbender stars as an undiscovered musical genius whose deep eccentricities include wearing a giant paper mache head at all times. His accomplices in his quest to musical perfection include Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a passionate and sometimes violent Theremin player, and Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a pencil pusher turned keyboard player desperate to become famous.

After premiering at Sundance earlier this year, Frank hit a slew of film festivals from SXSW to Istanbul, New Zealand to Jerusalem. Now at long last it’s coming to theaters in the U.S. and to celebrate, the film’s cast and director Lenny Abrahamson sat down with us to talk about what goes on in that big paper mache head of Frank and what makes Fassbender, Gleeson and Gyllenhaal tick. Here’s what we learned:

Michael Fassbender is an unrepentant goofball. Yes. He’s an insanely sexy man who has built a reputation playing steely and intimidating characters. But if his performance as the free-spirited Frank isn’t enough to convince you of this actor’s playful nature, you have to watch the video above in full. Paired with co-star Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender came to play, breaking into song, giggling and gently teasing his interview partner.

To prepare for Frank, Fassbender played chess, the game, not the musical. There was some confusion on this point, as you can see play out above. Gleeson told me he listened to Joe Duffy, and Fassbender interjected, “I played a lot of chess. I didn’t listen to anything; I was in a chess hole.” He clarified that he did listen to Iggy Pop, but not his music, his interviews. When I admitted I thought he’d meant the musical Chess, Fassbender broke into a short improvised song, before realizing there is a chess musical. Then we briefly sang “One Night in Bangkok” together. Like you do.

Fassbender and Gleeson karaoke together, disagree on how good they are at it. After our impromptu duet I joked that the three of us should go to karaoke, only to discover the pair had gone just recently. “We did the worst ‘Irish Rover’ that ever happened,” Gleeson recalled. “I thought it wasn’t bad!” Fassbender rejoined. “It was great,” Gleeson corrected himself, “I mean, we both connected to the–yeah.”

Domnhall Gleeson is officially excited about Star Wars. That is all he’ll say about it as his contract is insanely specific on this point. Regardless, he welcomed some advice from Prometheus star Fassbender on how to place himself in a sprawling outer space saga.

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Aug
17
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Frank is now in theaters! Here’s an interview from VanityFair.com:

You probably won’t recognize Michael Fassbender in his new movie. The actor, recently Oscar-nominated in 12 Years a Slave and exercising mutant superpowers in X-Men: Days of Future Past, didn’t starve himself for the role, grow a ton of facial hair, or contort his body at all. He just put on a giant plaster head, playing a fictionalized version of Frank Sidebottom, a performance-art creation of British musician Chris Sievey.

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, Frank is a version of what happened when journalist Jon Ronson joined the band led by Sievey, who performed punk songs while wearing the giant papier-mâché head. In real life, Sievey usually took the mask off when he wasn’t performing. In Frank, Fassbender’s character never takes the mask off—at least not voluntarily. As such, Fassbender’s face is rarely glimpsed in the movie, but as he told Krista Smith, it’s the kind of acting challenge he’s been preparing for his whole life. And as evidenced by his busy upcoming slate, including a take on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, a challenge has never been something Michael Fassbender is afraid of.

Krista Smith: Frank is the most deliberately strange movie. Were you familiar with Frank Sidebottom, the character who inspired it?

Michael Fassbender: No, not until I read the script.

What was it about the script that drew you in?

When I got it and read it, I was just like, what is this? It is just so strange and wonderful. It’s my kind of sense of humor, and it also had some really poignant and touching moments in there as well.

How did you adjust to acting without a face?

It wasn’t difficult at all. I had done a bit of commedia dell’arte at drama school, and we learned a bit about using a mask and about working from the outside in as opposed to the other way around. So then it was just about finding what was most effective—where to be animated and expressive physically, and when to just be still. Because then there is a lot of ambiguity and it is kind of eerie. You don’t know what he’s thinking, where he’s coming from. Is he falling asleep in there? What’s happening? It was fun to play around with that.

About 20 minutes into the movie, I was seeing expressions in the face, which I know isn’t possible.

I think that is what happens. People start to project whatever they want onto the mask. We were hoping that after 5 or 10 minutes people would start looking at Frank and forget that it is a head. It’s kind of like Team America: World Police; after a while, you are looking at these characters and you forget they are puppets.

Your character, Frank, sings in an art-rock band alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson. What was it like playing with them—with a mask on, no less?

It was kind of like a trust exercise, where I was basically falling backwards and they either catch me or they don’t. And they were always there to catch me, thankfully, so it was great.

Are you a musician yourself?

Yeah, music has always been important to me and I played different instruments when I was younger. Not very well, but I could get by with a bit of guitar. A friend of mine and I both played guitar, but we could never find a drummer or a bass player, so it never really materialized into a band.

You recently performed with the band on The Colbert Report. What was that like?

The one thing that is tricky about the mask is the sound. Hearing my voice inside the head is sort of like being in a box that is reverberating. I got into the swing of it, but it had been a while since I had it on.

The film has a lot to say about social media, both good and bad. You’re a holdout in that department, aren’t you?

I have a Twitter account just to prevent someone from putting up a fake one, but I don’t really use it. And it’s not any kind of protest. I just find it difficult to find the time. You know, I have enough trouble keeping up with e-mails and phone calls. I just think it would take up so much more of the day for me.

You’re too busy making movies. Did you finish the Western you were shooting? [Slow West, co-starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn].

It is being cut as we speak.

And what else do you have in the pipeline?

I finished Macbeth [opposite Marion Cotillard] and Trespass Against Us[with Brendan Gleeson]. There is still the Malick movie [filmed amid the music scene in Austin, Texas, co-starring Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Rooney Mara, and Cate Blanchett] and the Western. That’s it, I think.

That’s it? You’re like the hardest working man in show business!

Yeah, maybe I should take a break.

Aug
12
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It’s been some time since we had an update on the upcoming Assassin’s Creed feature adaptation, which is set to open in one year’s time on August 7, 2015, but IGN recently sat down with star Michael Fassbender who confirmed that he’s still attached to the project and they’re still working on the script. The outlet also asked Fassbender how faithful he thinks they’ll be to the original game, to which he replied:

“You know, we absolutely want to respect the game. There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we’re definitely making a feature film, and we’re approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world. I don’t really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory – you know, I think it’s a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, ‘This is so rich,’ and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I’m really excited about it, and we’re working very hard to make sure that we’ve got the best and most exciting, original package.”

Fassbender also opened up about director Justin Kurzel, who joined the project back in April, saying:

“I just think that there’s one thing Justin should be doing, and that’s directing. I know that from working with him on Macbeth. He’s just fantastic in terms of his vision. Adam, the DP that he works with, is amazing. They’ve got a great shorthand – that’s essential. He’s fantastic with actors and each department. He’s a real heavyweight.”

Bill Collage and Adam Cooper, who recently penned Ridley Scott’s upcoming biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, wrote the most recent draft of the script. Fassbender is also set to co-produce the film with Frank Marshall.

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Aug
05
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Here’s a new clip for Frank, which is set for release on August 15th:

Jul
28
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Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson will be on the Soho Apple Store for a Q&A for the movie Frank, more info at the Apple website:

What: Meet the Actors: Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson, “Frank”
When: Thursday, Aug 7, 08:00 PM
Where: Apple Store, SoHo

Thanks Lindsey for the heads up!

Jun
02
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Hello everyone! I’ve updated the Photoshoots Section of the Gallery with many new shoots, aswell some higher quality versions of old ones. Plus many outtakes! Including the photoshoot for the upcoming issue of Details. Also some magazine scans.
Here are some previews, you can browse directly on the gallery section or via latest uploads link.





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May
16
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Pictures from the Moscow Premiere and Press Conference for X-Men Days of Future Past are up in the gallery:

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May
14
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Next set to return as Magneto in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Michael Fassbender is now said to be eyeing a leading role in Derek Cianfrance’s upcoming The Light Between Oceans. Deadline has the news, reporting that Fassbender is likely to headline the Blue Valentine helmer’s latest, based on M.L. Stedman’s debut novel, officially described as follows:

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

David Heyman (Harry Potter) will produce for Heyday Films with Jeffrey Clifford. Rosie Allen shepherded the project to Heyday and will executive produce.

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May
13
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Pictures from the London Premiere for X-Men: Days of Future Past are up in the gallery:


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