Michael Fassbender on ‘Shame’, ‘Haywire’, ‘Robocop’ and more

We talk to the X-Men: First Class star about his upcoming projects A Dangerous Method, Shame, Haywire and the Robocop reboot.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Michael Fassbender - Shame

As Michael Fassbender gets more and more famous, he now has two movies coming out within weeks. In A Dangerous Method, he plays Carl Jung. In Shame, he plays a sex addict in a very graphic drama. At a double press conference for both films, I got in my questions about Robocop and Haywire along with his current films.

 

CraveOnline: A part of all the success you’ve had recently is there are lots of rumors you are attached to all sorts of great projects. I know you haven’t signed for any yet, but is Robocop something you’d like to do?

Michael Fassbender: You know, I’m always open. I’ll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation. It’s not definitely like “Oh, I’ve got to play Robocop before I retire” and I don’t have that about anything. I don’t go, “To play the Dane one day, Hamlet…” I don’t think like that. I just wait and see what comes up and I’m always open if I react to the script, then I’m up for anything.

 

CraveOnline: Would you dread wearing a metal suit?

Michael Fassbender: No. It’d be kind of fun. It’d be kind of good to have a helmet that I could hide behind for most of the film too. That sounds kind of appealing.

 

CraveOnline: I got a chance to see Haywire at AFI Fest and your fight scene with Gina Carano was amazing. How tight was the headlock she actually put you in?

Michael Fassbender: Not as tight as it looks on my face, I’ve got to say. She’s great. It was tight enough but I did sort of rush blood into my face to make it look like I was really [choking]. It did. I watched it the other night and I was like, “Cool, that worked.” It looks like my vein’s going to pop. She’s great, Gina. We filmed that scene over two days and it was a lot of fun.

 

CraveOnline: Regarding Shame, this will sound like a joke so please appreciate the spirit in which I ask it. What would you say to all the sex addicts out there who aren’t as handsome as you and don’t have great jobs like your character to be able to afford $1,000 high class escorts?

Michael Fassbender: To be honest with you, it’s a world that I think is like anything. If you’re addicted to gambling, you know where to go to gamble. So if you have a condition where you’re addicted to sex, you know where other people that are looking for the same thing are going. I don’t think it necessarily comes down to looks. It’s a common interest. In England there was a phenomenon, I don’t know if it’s the same here, but there was this dogging scenario. I don’t know if that happened over here where people basically parked in car parks around the country and had sex. You park your car, meet a stranger and have sex with them. So people that are into that know where the car parks are. I guess that would be as best that I can answer the question.

 

CraveOnline: The sequence where you’re running down the New York streets and the camera tracks you, was that timed with the intersection you stop at, or did you just happen to hit a stop light?

Michael Fassbender: I think the intersection was where the shot was ending. I knew that I would run across the street after that and the camera would lag behind. The traffic lights were just however we hit it. I don’t know how many times we did it but it was kind of just see what happened really. The rubbish truck as well, the garbage lorry just happened to come at that time as well. We got lucky in a lot of things.