Michael Fassbender has had a busy couple of years. In 2011 alone, he played everything from a sex addict in Shame and Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method to X-Men’s Magneto and Jane Eyre’s Rochester. And now he’s adding a new kind of character to the already-full stable, as an android spaceship attendant named David in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, out in the U.S. on Friday. Fassbender caught up with TIME from London, where the film has already been released, to discuss how the character of David came to be—and whether he thinks a real-life David could ever exist.
How do you go about acting that feelinglessness?
There’s always an objective. There’s always an internal dialogue going on. It doesn’t always have to be emotionally based. If I’m approaching a character I don’t necessarily think of it emotionally. I think about what the character is trying to get and what the character’s trying to achieve and how they go about doing it, and emotion is a side-effect as opposed to being a driving force.
Did you study any other famous on-screen robots?
No, the inspiration we used was David Bowie and The Man Who Fell to Earth, and for films there were the replicants in Blade Runner. Greg Louganis, in terms of physicality. Lawrence of Arabia of course, and Peter O’Toole as Lawrence, and Dirk Bogarde. They were the ingredients.
Read the Whole Interview HERE
Fassbender crashes Charlize’s interview and discuss his preference in shoe laces (double or nothing)
I think Fassbender took the lead on this one. He took it to a whole new level because he always had his computer around, which I don’t travel with props. I just travel with my talent. Yeah, he always had a computer around, and fuck me, that bastard can pull some nasty shit up. There was a lot of that like, in the corner. We’d be waiting for people or whatever, and Fassy would always be on his computer like, ‘Check this out.’ I’m like, ‘Oh my God! I have to do a scene right now, you asshole.- Charlize Theron
‘Prometheus’ hasn’t even hit the cinemas yet, but Michael Fassbender is all ready to sign on the dotted line for a sequel.
The actor who plays the android David 8 in Ridley Scott’s new movie, which will premiere tonight (May 31), is “hoping” that he gets a call back for a follow-up.
Talking to Digital Spy about the possibility of a return for a sequel, he said: “That’s what I’m hoping.”
‘Prometheus’ which also stars Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Noomi Rapace was tough on Michael, but he reveals that working with such stars on the film put him under pressure to perform.
“I felt very privileged to be part of the team and it also made me concern myself that I wasn’t a weak part of the team, that I did my homework as best I could and that I came to work and had something to offer.”
”I think for all of us on the job, all crew members, have a feeling that they’re working on something special when they’re working with Ridley.”
Meanwhile, Charlize Theron has expressed her admiration for Michael as she insisted that it was “utter bullsh*t” that he didn’t get an Oscar nod for his role in ‘Shame’.
3 new clips from Prometheus
Michael Fassbender has a role in Sir Ridley Scott’s forthcoming movie and though it is a prequel to the classic 1979 sci-fi film, he opted instead to watch Blade Runner as a part of his research because of the similarities in his part.
He said: “I didn’t revisit Alien before we did this. Sometimes I would do that, but in this case I didn’t. I watched Blade Runner though, I took a look at Sean Young and Rutger Hauer. I live Rutger Hauer in that. With Prometheus, it stands alone to Alien, the way they put it and a good description is there’s DNA strands that link the two. But it’s a whole new world. I play a guy called David who’s an android, so that’s why I watched Blade Runner, there’s something in those androids.”
The Shame actor also admitted that he used to use music to help him prepare for a role but now he is more “relaxed” in his technique.
He told Esquire magazine: “I used to use music a lot. In fact, that was my main key at drama school, but I don’t really do it any more. Now I think I’m a little bit more relaxed in my technique. Now I just try to focus and relax.”
Thanks Karo xox
F*** magazine issue 28 / May 2012 w/ ‘6-page article on Michael Fassbender and “Prometheus.”’