Actor Michael Fassbender is everywhere right now! Every direction we turn he is popping up on the talk shows, on the cover of GQ or on the blogs; and right there with him, coming from all directions, are countless references to his infamous member making its unforgettable appearance (numerous times) in Shame. Fassbender, though always a good sport about the barrage of penis jokes, is not to be defined by just one memorable performance however. One only needs to delve into this talented actor’s considerably impressive resume to see that. At HardlyHedda, we attemp to separate Michael Fassbender the man from “the Member”.
In case you missed it, Shame is the 2011 Steven Mcqueen film in which Fassbender plays a tightly wound New Yorker in his 30′s with an unhealthy sexual addiction and major intimacy issues with women, whose world begins to crumble when his sister comes to stay with him unexpectedly (played brilliantly by Carey Mulligan). Fassbender’s character is nude ALOT, making for some fairly raunchy comments from costars and colleagues:
Some of the most popular jibes at Michael Fassbender’s Private Bits are:
• Golden Globes Speech of George Clooney where he joked:
”Really Michael, honestly, you can play golf like this with your hands behind your back,” mocking a golf swing with his hands behind his back. “Go for it man, do it!”
• Charlize Theron while promoting Prometheus, tells MTV when they asked her how much of Fassbender’s member will be shown in Prometheus:
“Oh my god. I don’t think it was available,” Theron deadpanned. “It was shooting the sequel for ‘Shame‘ so we couldn’t get it for ‘Prometheus.”
• On David Letterman while promoting Shame:
Letterman: I guess the question that I’m clumsily struggling with here is, is it as hard on you as it is on the character? Does that make any sense?
Fassbender: Well, it was flaccid most of the time. [Mimes a rimshot]
Vanity Fair even did a piece entitled ‘A Year in the Life of Michael Fassbender’s Penis’, which is educational to say the least.
So now that is all said and done, let’s get past the package and celebrate the actor who has risen from British bit parts (no pun intended) to North American superstardom. His brooding yet thoughtful portrayal of Magneto in the prequel X-Men First Class (along with brit actor James McAvoy as Professor Xavier) made the film very watchable. As did his take on the classic character Rochester in Jane Eyre.
5 Things You Might Not Know about Michael Fassbender:
1. Will team with Shame director a third time to appear in his upcoming film Twelve Years a Slave in an undetermined role. Their other collaboration was Hunger in which he portrayed I.R.A. activist Bobby Sands who led a hunger strike, Fassbender lost more than two stone on a diet of just 600 calories a day over a 10-week period for the role.
2. Will team with his Prometheus director Ridley Scott in his anticipated flick The Counselor, playing the title role along side his Inglorious Basterds costar Brad Pitt.
3. In May 2012, Fassbender confirmed that he was dating his Shame co-star Nicole Baharie, although she lives in the States and he lives in London they see eachother as much as they can.
4. Born in Germany and moved to Ireland at 2 yrs old, he speaks fluent German, although he still had to brush up to take on the role that got him noticed by North American audiences in Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds (portraying Lt. Archie Hicox).
5. In preparing to play David the android in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Fassbender didn’t revisit Alien, but instead studied the androids in Blade Runner, particularily Sean Young and Rutger Haur.
Fassbender is the actor to watch, yes with clothes on and all, he has a magnificiently magnetic onscreen presence. His take on the android David in this month’s theatrical release of Prometheus is played with such skillful arrogance and eager curiosity it gives us one of many, many reasons to line up for this epic adventure.
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For Peter Berg, the director of this summer’s blockbuster Battleship, there were many challenges filming his new flick. Berg reveals in an interview with Collider, when asked what his biggest challlenge was in filming Battleship:
I honestly think it was making sure Rihanna never got eaten by a shark. My fear was that I was going to be the director who was filming and Rihanna got eaten by a shark, so I was very careful when she was in the water, to have men around to go like this (Berg motions hand on head like a fin) if the sharks came so we could get her out (of the water).
The blockbuster film derives from the Hasbro game we all played as kids, but this brings the US Navy face to face with an alien force to be reckoned with. Filmed in Hawaii, the scenes in which Rihanna and other cast members have to be in the water are shot with a circle of trained professionals around them in the water, keeping the sharks at bay.
Wow, I would have thought Berg’s biggest fear as a director/producer where Rihanna was concerned would be whether or not she can act her way out of a paper bag!
To be fair, critics have been kind to Rihanna, which is more than I can say for how they have been to the film. Rihanna plays Petty Officer Cora “Weps” Raikes, Movieline review states about her character:
Rihanna has the face of a tough little streetcat, appealing and self-reliant, but the movie gives her very little to do (other than hold that big gun).
Rihanna obviously has a good sense of humour and a penchant for getting her director’s goat as she tweeted a pic of herself wearing this t-shirt showcasing Berg’s early days of acting! Apparently she had them printed for the entire cast, with all different pictures of Peter Berg. He probably loved it as he is notorious for his sense of homour.
Berg is usually quite entertaining in interviews, but never more than his recent highly publicized stint where he questioned his Israeli interviewer as to whether he was a draft dodger and peppered him with questions about his country and himself, only briefly mentioning Battleship and Rihanna almost tongue in cheek! Talk about turning the tables on your interviewer!
Check out that interview below:
Although Peter Berg is now a big director (his next project finds him directing Battleship alum Taylor Kitsch once again in Lone Survivor), and worrying about Rihanna getting eaten by a shark is behind him, he will always be hunky heartthrob Billy Kronk from Chicago Hope to us! Ahhhh Kronk….
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Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron flip the bird to invisible ”Paparazzi“? Kristen wants to “make out with Charlize“? Well when in France I guess? While promoting SWATH in a recent candid interview session that has a more relaxed format than most we’ve seen (SEE VIDEO BELOW). The video was shot for a television show in France called “Le Grand Journal” in their segment “La Boite à Questions” (The Question Box) and is very off the cuff for these two as they look like they get along ‘famously’ even though they are sworn enemies in their new film Snow White and the Huntsman:
Avengers star Chris Hemsworth is a first time dad! Thor actor Hemsworth announced the birth of his first child, a baby girl, from London where he was promoting Snow White and the Huntsman.
Just in time for mother’s day, Chris, (28) and his Spanish wife Elsa Pataky, (35) have named the little bundle of joy India Rose. Congratulations to the happy new parents! The couple announced back in January that they were expecting, but they preferred to keep the sex of the baby a surprise. Having a girl might be novel to Hemsworth who grew up in a family with 3 boys, USA Today quotes him as saying:
“Coming from a family of three boys, my mother was very much a feminist. When we would call each other “girls,” she would say, ‘What is wrong with a girl?’ Girls can be strong and you have to respect that. And we should encourage more strong female leads in films.”
The couple married in Indonesia in 2010 after meeting through their management agency, (Elsa Pataky is also an actress appearing in Fast Five and Snakes on a Plane), the baby was born in London, reportedly on Friday May 11th. So the Thor star and his wife have a little Taurus on their hands. This makes the other famous Hemsworth, Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth an uncle of course!
Recently, Chris Hemsworth was asked about being a dad while out promoting the Avengers (video below):
(speaking of the Avengers see HardlyHedda post on Hemsworth’s fellow Avenger Jeremy Renner)
George Clooney is hosting a huge star-studded fundraiser at his house tonight with some pretty high falutin’ guests. POTUS himself will be in attendance, so as President Obama heads over to George’s Studio City home tonight, so will ALOT of security, hence, TMZ dubbing it ”the Fort Knox Treatment”.
Security, as reported by TMZ, is so tight “even the back-up has back-up.”! With Clooney even reportedly hiring a special security team to ensure his personal safety.
TMZ further states that LAPD is pulling out all the stops, highway patrolmen combined with Secret Service and even a Counter Terrorist Unit will be there to serve and protect.
The fundraiser itself is said to be a doozy! Catered by Wolfgang Puck himself, serving dinner to 150 very illustrious and lucky diners, it is expected to raise 15 million dollars according to the LA Times. High profile guesst include Robert Downey Jr., Barbra Streisand, Tobey Maguire and director-produce J.J. Abrams to name a few.
At $40,000 a ticket for the VIP list to attend, it’s no wonder (again from the LA Times):
Tens of thousands of Americans have contributed donations averaging $23 each for a chance to win a ticket to the soiree. Two winners and their guests will attend the party, where the president is expected to discuss policy in the low-key environment of Clooney’s canyon home over a dinner catered by Wolfgang Puck.
As for the extent of security measures TMZ reports:
we’re told roads will be closed off, bomb-sniffing dogs will be prowling, and plain clothes officers will be on the lookout.
Not bad for a “low-key” affair!