This past Wednesday, the Toronto Film Festival hosted its annual pre-opening-night fundraising event the TIFF Soirée, where proceeds go to help the festival as well under-served Toronto youth. The guest of honor for the evening was actor Michael Fassbender who participated in a career-long retrospective with TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey. During the event, Fassbender provided some interesting details about his creative process as well as his thoughts about his performances, including the one’s he didn’t like so much, such as Magneto in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” According to Vulture, he was “cringing and rubbing his face with embarrassment” when the clip was playing for the audience and eventually admitted that he’s not a fan of his acting. “I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like…some dude shouting.”
Fassbender also went into detail about his preparation for Steve McQueen’s 2008 film “Hunger,” about the 1981 Irish hunger strike. He apparently left the production for ten weeks so he could lose weight to shoot the final scene. He also took nearly two months to learn the 23-minute one-take scene between he and Liam Cunningham. The two actors eventually moved into an apartment and rehearsed it continuously for days on end until they got it down pat.
The actor also admitted that his most difficult performance was in Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s “Steve Jobs,” partially because he’s slow with learning lines. “It was so dense!…When the script arrived for me and the opportunity came to play the part, I really thought, ‘This is not me. This should be somebody else. It’s a miscast scenario.'” He joked about trying to get out of the job during rehearsals. “I remember telling my driver, ‘If I put my arm in the door, you should slam it. It should cause a break and it should get me out of this gig.'”
The Toronto Film Festival is going on now through September 18th.