The second I saw Michael Fassbender's performance in Steve McQueen's Hunger, in which he starred as an IRA fighter on hunger strike, I knew the Irish actor would be a star.
And he's wasted no time. He was back at Cannes and Toronto in 2009 as a sexy bad-boy seducer in Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank (due in January from IFC). Quentin Tarantino cast him as a plummy Brit film critic in Inglourious Basterds, Neil Marshall put the 300 star into the Roman Empire in the actioner Centurion, he plays a nasty tattooed villain opposite Josh Brolin in Warner Bros.' comic-book western Jonah Hex, and then in Spring 2010, Sin Nombre's Cary Fukunaga directed him as Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre. Fassbender is also trying to get some worthy indie projects made. I interviewed him in December 2009 with my flip cam.
Part One - Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank
Part Two - Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds:
Part Three - upcoming projects Jane Eyre, The Centurian, Jonah Hex and Single Shot.
Part Four - accents, character, and Birdsong.
Part Five: Living in L.A. and his breaking through with Hunger.
Here's a wobbly bit of on-set footage from The Centurion.
[NY Times photo by Jean-Baptiste Mondino--see the entire fabulous slideshow here.]