Friday, October 7, 2011

I could never fast from Fassbender

For the past several days, I've been on a bit of a Fass-bender (See what I did there?) Why is he so attractive? I'm in the process of putting together my initial bibliography for my phd and let's just say a lot of my reading has been rather depressing. So I turned to this half-German, half-Irish stunner to be entertained. Turns out, Fassbender's work errs on the depressing side as well. 

When he isn't being killed by Chavs, Nazi Soldiers,  Charles I loyalists (or possibly Oliver Cromwell) in films, he's killing someone else, turning evil, locking his crazy wife in a tower, or smearing feces on a wall and starving himself... and then dying. Don't get me wrong- he's turning out some fantastic performances, and, hey, at least he looks good dying. 

(Except in Hunger. You guys, I'm not kidding. Have you seen this film? Fassby went on a medically monitored crash diet and everyone around him feared for his life. If  you watch, you'll see why. Near the beginning of the film, during a 17 minute single-take shot, as I watched M's shirtless stomach expand and contract with each breath while talking to a priest, I thought, "Shit, he did drop some weight!" Then! His character, IRA leader Bobby Sands, says he's about to START a hunger strike. And I thought, "You've got to be kidding me! You mean it's going to get worse?!?" Oh and it did. I'm trying to think about what kind of mindset you'd have to be in to do that for your craft. And how come I find this kind of extremism and dedication to craft so (hypothetically, if not actually) appealing? 

Let's hope this extremism doesn't apply to chose charges (later dropped) by his ex who claimed Fassby was abusive. That would just break my heart. 

One more bonus of being in the UK, is that more of his projects are available because they were made here for the BBC, etc. For my US readers who might feel so inspired, you can watch The Devil's Whore (worst title ever, about the English Civil War) and Angel on youtube. 

Also, can I just say how excited I am to see him as Carl Jung? (I'm looking into Jung's treatment of Lucia Joyce at the moment for my phd.) Opposite Viggo Mortenson (his older bro look alike) as Freud?? Only the loathesome Keira Knightley appears to be marring the amazingness of A Dangerous Method. And this is just one of the slew of new movies coming out with Fassby, so expect him to be a star that continues to rise. And as soon as he dumps Zoe Kravitz and moves back to the UK, we can get married. ;) Hope you have Fassb-- I mean-- fab (okay that one went too far) weekend!


  1. Re: those charges were dropped because of inconsistencies in her statement. There were photos taken that proved Fassbender was attending a film festival in a different city on the date she alleged the attack took place. She has also levelled accusations against other boyfriends that were later retracted. Take from that what you will.

  2. Yeah, I read that, Anonymous. I'm inclined to think she's a bit of a nut. PS- Fassby, is that you?? Consider yourself completely cleared in my mind :)

  3. Hmmm...I was thinking the "is that you" same thing..

  4. and just in case it is the man himself...just a little pc. of advice...spit your gum out honey before you walk the red carpet.


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