A Rising Star
Actor Michael Fassbender is mainly known for his co-starring roles in the sci-fi hits X-Men: First Class and Prometheus and his breakout performances in the indie films Hunger and Shame. Will he be able to attain leading man status with his starring role in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor? Or will it be the director’s solid track record for creating action-packed films that will draw audiences into theaters on October 25th?
Based on the official 20th Century Fox trailer for The Counselor, the film looks to be a crazy, character-driven thrill ride. Michael plays an unscrupulous lawyer who gets lured into the dangerous world of drug trafficking. Michael is “The Counselor”, a man who has it all, but wants more. He ends up crossing paths with a myriad of colorful, but shady characters played with major star wattage by the likes of Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, and Cameron Diaz.
An Actor’s Actor
Michael is part of a crop of respected actors from the United Kingdom and Ireland recently rising to the cinematic top based on their awards-worthy performances in challenging roles. Where vanguard performers and distinguished luminaries like Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, and Christian Bale broke new ground, now tread esteemed actors like Benedict Cumberpatch, Tom Hardy, and Eddie Redmayne, with Michael Fassbender leading the way into uncharted territory.
Fans Love “Fassy”
Will Michael, who has been lovingly dubbed “Fassy” by his adulating fans, be able to establish himself as an international box office attraction? Can he transition from risky, but rewarding roles in independent films and supporting actor stints to starring in Hollywood blockbuster productions?
A Deep Filmography
All signs point to yes, based on blogger buzz and Michael’s entertainment acumen. He’s no flash in the pan and boasts a deep filmography which includes critics’ pick Fish Tank, director David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method where Michael co-starred opposite Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley, crowd-pleasing actioner Haywire, and most recently the harrowing 12 Years A Slave.
A Winning Combination
Michael possesses a magnetic personality and he seems very much at home in the public eye, radiating an easy-going charm and unaffected joie de vivre when spending his off-screen hours at celeb-studded events and promotional interviews. Michael is also very easy on the eyes, exuding a palpable physicality with his lean, but toned physique, intense gaze, and disarming smile. He makes the path to attaining leading man status look so easy – and so good.