Michael Fassbender On Learning Parkour For ‘Assassin’s Creed’

Michael Fassbender plays Callum Lynch in the upcoming 2016 film Assassin’s Creed, which is based on the video game of the same name, but as reported by Entertainment Weekly, Fassbender had never actually played the game prior to being cast in the role. According to Michael Fassbender, he has only gotten to know the game since being cast in the role.

“I’ve played it since [being offered the job] mainly to get an idea of the physicality of the character. We’re striving to find something special. We believe the whole concept around it is special and want to service that the best we can. The fans are really passionate: very specific and they expect accuracy and historical detail. We’re really trying to capitalize and feed on and enjoy the fun element. We’re working hard to make this something special.”

Fassbender also reveals that his character does not have any super powers.

“A lot of the stuff in the game is Parkour. Blades attached to his wrists. It’s about getting in close to the target, close quarters fighting.”

As for how he manages the physical feats he has to accomplish on the set of the movie, Michael Fassbender is pretty modest about it.

“I’ve learned how to roly poly, tumble turn. Stuff you can do in everyday life. Like cartwheels. No — just basic fight choreography stuff. I did some horse stuff today. So stuff like that.”

Excitement for the new Assassin’s Creed movie is growing, and a couple of new movie pics have been released by Empire Magazine. One photo shows Michael Fassbender in full medieval garb.

Clearly, Michael Fassbender is busy with his new role, but he has also been busy with another period drama, Macbeth. The Star reports that Fassbender and co-star Marion Cotillard are magnetic in their performance of the adaptation. The movie opened Friday, December 11, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and offered up a grieving father who had to go to arms to protect his king. Apparently, the film is not for the faint of heart. Check out the trailer.

With 2015 wrapped up, what does the future have in store for the award-winning actor? According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal Studios has set the release date for what might be his biggest movie of 2017. Michael Fassbender will star in a film adaptation of the Jo Nesbo book, The Snowman. Variety reported back in September that Fassbender had been cast in the movie as detective Harry Hole.

Michael Fassbender has certainly had an illustrious career, even though he is just 38-years-old. Now, according to Broadway World, he is to be presented with the International Star Award, Actor, at the Palm Springs Film Fest. Film festival chairman Harold Matzner spoke of Fassbender’s riveting performances.

“Throughout his career Michael Fassbender has brought to life riveting performances on the screen in films such as Hunger, Shame, 12 Years a Slave, Inglorious Basterds and Prometheus. In his latest film, Steve Jobs, Fassbender delivers another stunning performance of subtlety and power, presenting the Apple co-founder as both a witty and engaging person and a conflicted Machiavellian. For his masterful performance in this film, we are honored to present Michael Fassbender with the 2016 International Star Award, Actor.”

Congratulations on the award, Michael Fassbender, and for such a successful year in 2015. Fans are waiting ever so patiently for your new endeavors on the big screen in the coming year, which will include not only Assassin’s Creed, but also X-Men: Apocalypse, The Light Between Oceans, Trespass Against Us, and Untitled Terrence Malick Project.

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