You know when you’re listening back to or watching a recording of yourself and you just cringe? Well it would seem our Michael does that too, which proves that he is, in fact, human. And we love him all the more for it.
Fassbender was the guest of honour this week at the Toronto Film Festival’s Soirée fundraising event, for which proceeds go to help the festival as well under-served Toronto youth.
The actor was interviewed by TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey in a career-long retrospective, which is a pretty great honour and a tribute to how fruitful his career has been at only 39 years old.
Fassbender revealed his prouder career moments (Irish film Hunger is still his personal favourite) as well as the ones he liked least, the latter of which included his turn of Magneto. Fassbender has played the role in three of the X-Men films.
He was reportedly 'cringing and rubbing his face with embarassment' as the audience was shown a clip of him in the role. He commented: ‘I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like…some dude shouting.’
The actor also said that his take as the titular character in Steve Jobs, a performance for which he received his second Oscar nomination, was the most challenging role he has ever taken on.
He was plagued by self-doubt coming up to play the iconic real-life figure: ‘When the script arrived for me and the opportunity came to play the part, I really thought, ‘This is not me. This should be somebody else. It’s a miscast scenario.'’
Fassbender said he even tried to get out of the part: ‘In rehearsals I was trying to find a way to get out of the job. I remember telling my driver, ‘If I put my arm in the door, you should slam it. It should cause a break and it should get me out of this gig.'’