Michael Fassbender: What I've Learned

In The X-Men: Days of Future Past, the Irish-German actor plays the younger self of Sir Ian McKellen's Magneto. Here we grab a quick chat with Michael Fassbender to find out some of his life lessons

It was tough playing the young Sir Ian McKellen. I had to spend some time studying his voice. I just wish we'd had some scenes together. Maybe we will in the next one.

My super power would be flying. If I can move metal around too then great, but flying would be the best.

It was pretty hectic during filming. Nicolas [Hoult] and James [McAvoy] went out and bought BB guns for everyone, so for five or six weeks there was a war going on. One day I was hemmed in in my trailer like Ned Kelly, with James trying to come in through the sky light. Nick got me in the neck through a crack in the door. Eventually they took away the guns because Josh Helman had too many injuries on his face.

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The best age to be? 33.

The process for me is always the same. You try to tell a story, you try to do justice to the character. The only difference is you move more slowly making the blockbusters. With smaller films the money is tight. I like the pressure of working fast.

My most challenging role? Shame. That was pretty full on.

If you're going to do a job, do it properly. And treat others as you'd like to be treated yourself. That's the best pieces of advice I've ever had. The usual stuff.

I relax by going karting. I'm rubbish at it, but I enjoy it. That's the main thing isn't it?

In my fantasy world I'd be a Formula 1 driver in the early 80s. That would be pretty cool. But in reality if I wasn't an actor, I'd probably be working behind a bar.

Jesus Christ. That's the man I'd like to take for a drink.

My approach to style? Always dress well [laughs]. I'm a jeans and t-shirt guy. And I do like a good tracksuit. Comfort is high on the list.

The best thing about fame is getting to work with the best people in the business, and doing blockbusters so I can help fun smaller films that wouldn't get made.

The worst bit? I used to love to people watch. That's getting harder to do now.

The X-Men: Days of Future Past is out in cinemas Thursday 22 May.


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