Contemporary cinema has seen a huge influx of Irish acting talent, with the likes of Paul Mescal, Barry Keoghan, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, Kerry Condon and Brendan Gleeson each working at the peak of their abilities. Elsewhere, Michael Fassbender has long attracted critical attention, appearing in modern classics such as 12 years a Slave As well as iconic franchises like Marvel X Men,
While eagle-eyed movie lovers may have discovered Fassbender with the release of Zack Snyder’s explosive action flick in 2006. 300The actor wouldn’t be on every studio’s lips until appearing in a BAFTA and Cannes winner two years later hunger By Steve McQueen. Since then, Fassbender has been a favorite of filmmakers, attracting the attention of Quentin Tarantino, Andrea Arnold, David Cronenberg, and many others with his powerful acting.
It’s no surprise that the actor has gathered a strong group of fans, with Fassbender including him in his list of his five favorite movies of all time via an interview. Academy,
First up on their list is the critically and audience-loved comedy classic, the Coen brothers’ seminal film The Big Lebowski. Fassbender says of the film, which stars Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi and John Goodman: “I love that movie… Right from the beginning, Jeff Bridges is walking around a supermarket buying milk and paying for it with a check. I was there immediately. It’s an incredible script. It’s a great movie. And that’s when I said, ‘Okay, I’ll stop reading reviews on movies.'”
Ranging from 1990s classic to modern crime epic, Fassbender’s film is one that has long been dissected by rising young filmmakers, Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund. City of God, Recalling his unique experience watching the film, Fassbender said, “I remember, in the first two minutes of the film, I was on a trajectory. It was such escapism. That was the best experience. That’s when I realized that this is the best way to watch a movie – not having a clue or knowing anything about it. It was a very nice afternoon.”
Making sure he focuses on the highlights, the actor’s next choice is Francis Ford Coppola ‘Best Picture’ winner, Saint, starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Diane Keaton. “It’s my favorite movie,” Fassbender admits, “People always say, ‘Don’t ask me what my favorite movie is!’ But it is a favorite film for me. Because of where it was in my life – around the time I decided to become an actor – it resonated so much.
His final choice is mockumentary and dark comedy man bites dog From 1993, an interesting independent film that tells the story of a film crew that pursues a brutal killer, and then begins to help the killer. Talking about the film, Fassbender says: “I was introduced to acting when I was 17, in the early ’90s, and Man Bites Dog was a big movie around that time. This is a Belgian film. I think they made it like 50 grand, and it’s incredible.
After all, what favorite movie list isn’t complete with a little sprinkling of Martin Scorsese? Fassbender’s last choice is the 1973 film mean streets, the film that would kick-start the director’s industry dominance. “Scorsese had a massive influence on me,” he told the publication, “even though I would say my favorite Scorsese film would be goodfellasI want to go along mean streets – Just because again, at that time in my life, it had such a big impact on me.
Take a look at the full list of Fassbender’s favorites below.
Michael Fassbender’s Favorite Movies: