46 posts tagged Michael Fassbender
12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013)
Hunger director Steve McQueen’s latest film delves into the harrowing true story of Solomon Northup, a free-born black man who was abducted and sold into slavery in 1841. Based on Northup’s book of the same name, 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor in a role that accentuates the British thespian’s impressive range and incredible skill. Ejiofor carries the moving film with an effortless grace and confidence that is impossible to ignore. Ejiofor’s performance was elevated even more by an equally impressive supporting cast consisting of Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard. 12 Years a Slave is a film that explores America’s sordid past through the experience of one man - an experience that is devastating in its showcase of the breaking of the human spirit.
This is a very eye-opening press conference and one I recommend that everyone watch because it shows how some journalists can be very hung up on themes and questions that have little to do with a film and more to do with their own issues about addressing certain material. In this press conference for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, which has been getting rave reviews after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, it is quite obvious that director Steve McQueen and the cast of the film were disappointed (and even somewhat irked in most instances) that they were getting unimaginative questions that seemed designed to paint the film in a certain light. For instance, the first question right out of the gate was such a vague and floundering one that seemingly intended to force the panel to comment on the inability of “North America” to talk about topics like slavery. The irony in this line of questioning was evident in the fact that the interviewer herself seemed uncomfortable raising the topic, as though she was tiptoeing around the subject for fear of saying the wrong thing. This seemed to suggest to me that all that interviewer took out of the film was the theme of slavery and how difficult it must have been to depict it in a movie. To her 12 Years couldn’t have been about more than slavery, which is so unfortunate because it really does seem like the film tries to transcend that kind of limited thinking. There was even a question about comparing Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which is a completely different story told in a drastically different style that it’s unimaginable how anyone could have thought that putting these two movies side by side would make any sense at all. But since both movies are set in the era of slavery, they must be worth comparing, right? Don’t even get me started on the journalist who asked Lupita Nyong’o about having been born in Mexico, which had nothing to do with her performance in the film but everything to do with journalists having zero creative questions to ask a talented actress who is a POC.
This press conference gave me so much secondhand embarrassment.
Ridley Scott assembles an all-star cast consisting of Brad Pitt, Penélope Cruz, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem and Cameron Diaz in this film written by The Road and No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy. The story will follow a lawyer (Fassbender) who gets mixed up in a drug trafficking scheme. The Counsellor is expected to hit US theaters in October 2013.
First look at Steve McQueen’s upcoming film Twelve Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch (more at Collider)
“I’ll never work with him again," Christopher Plummer recalls his experience working with director Terrence Malick on The New World.
Like Steven Soderbergh, I too was shocked to find out that Haywire was Gina Carano’s first feature film, considering the woman is drop dead gorgeous and amazingly talented in mixed martial arts to boot. This fight scene from Haywire is an awesome sequence because not only is it reminiscent of the rough-and-tumble style of the Bourne movies, but also because it starts off looking like these two people are merely a lovely couple enjoying each other’s company. Little does the audience know that they are in for a deadly confrontation.
FUN FACT: Michael Fassbender and Carano filmed this hotel room scene with each other, no stunt doubles. Director Steven Soderbergh revealed at last year’s Comic-Con that Fassbender had a difficult time in one part of the hotel room brawl because his character was supposed to get smashed in the head with a vase, and apparently when someone is coming at you with a weapon, your instinct is to look said weapon. Fassbender was repeatedly being told not to stare at the vase for a few reasons: (1) not only was his character a trained assassin, so he would instinctively look away from the weapon to protect his face and vital parts like eyes, etc, but also (2) probably so Fassbender wouldn’t get smashed in the face with a vase. Gotta protect the mug when it’s the moneymaker, right (among other body parts…)? Fassbender also admitted that although he wore padding to protect himself from the blows, they still hurt coming from a powerhouse like Carano!