I just went off for two months traveling around Europe on a motorcycle and pretty much turned my phone off. I did 5,000 miles with my dad. We went through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Italy... and then I did Spain and France by myself.— Michael Fassbender
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Big things have small beginnings.
What I find really interesting is to try and mix it up, to push myself and try different things. I don't want to stay in my comfort zone. I want to take risks and keep myself scared.
I quite enjoy the lines on my forehead because they show my life.
That’s my history and I like to see that in other people. Like this wrinkle is due to some girl who broke my heart. I don’t want to escape it in any way.
"X-Men" is not really about mutants; it's about humanity. I think it's about the human race. We're an absolutely destructive race. It seems that we can't seem to get beyond this level of tribalism that has been around for thousands of years. Anything we fear we tend to destroy.
I remember hearing that the spirit was always next to you, so I would always make room in my bed for the spirit ... I'd make room for the teddy bears, Jesus and me. And then I'd wake up in the morning, and I'd squashed 'em all.
I’m aware of my weaknesses and THE BEAST WITHIN.
[As an actor] I have ideas, but things should always be fluid.
You should always be ready to follow an instinct. Something might reveal itself on the day.
Any good kitchen should be stocked up in oysters, shouldn't they?
Why not provoke some thought and get people talking about things? I like characters that are flawed because we all are. When people break up in a script, you think, Oh, right, there must be tears shed here. But maybe the fact of the matter is that they're both laughing.
There's so much going on in the world.
There's so much information being thrown at us - so many things are being sold to us, and we're being told how we should appear and how to be more successful, blah, blah, blah. How does that manifest itself? In the pressures, the stress, this need to escape.
You use words like 'introvert' and 'extrovert,' various traits of a personality.
A lot of that stuff, we used in drama school, and that was kind of interesting, to realize my teachers sort of ripped off a lot of Jung. And how much of it is part of our society now, these phrases, introvert and extrovert, where it actually came from.
I'm always interested in trying to investigate different personalities.
I want to keep myself guessing and keep the fear element alive, so that I don't get too comfortable.
As an audience member, those studio films are fun.
I like an adventure tale, and I also like to go see something that has more of a social pulse. I like to keep learning and trying new things. And if the scripts are good, it doesn't really matter.
I take my work seriously but I can't take myself too seriously.
I'm in such a crazy privileged position.
For me, addiction comes down to basically where a pattern of behaviour has developed and that pattern of behaviour is becoming a very damaging cycle. It's sort of damaging your relationships, friends or lovers, it's damaging your own personal health and it's damaging for you and your workplace.
If there's friends around, I'll cook.
Or if I have a girlfriend. But on my own I kind of fell out of the habit of it, and it's a shame really because I know it's good for me. It's something quite therapeutic.
Why does a three-year-old, and it's usually boys, want to drive the tractor or have machinery and be in control of it? I don't know. Why wouldn't you ask to boil a kettle or something? Maybe you would, I dunno.
As an audience member and as an actor I much prefer to find ambiguity.
I suppose the doctor-patient relationship has that idea of transference.
I think it's a special thing that doctors have. We all find doctors sexy. That's why there are so many TV shows about doctors.
When I was four, I just wanted to drive, I collected toy cars.
Where does that sort of thing come from? In hindsight you go, 'Oh, liked it because of this.' Maybe it's just the wheel.
It's more interesting isn't it, if I've got a hedonistic dark side?
If I'm playing a murderer, I don't go out and start murdering people.
'Cause I do so much homework I'm good to go on the first take;
I don't want to rehearse. I like the element of what's unpredictable of that first take and nobody knows what's going to happen, and I'm a big fan of that.
You know, it's amazing. I don't even have a car, would you believe it? I had a motorbike and it got stolen last year. So I've got to buy another one of those, I suppose. I can treat myself to that.
I might have been curious about actors' lives when I was growing up. That's human nature.
I guess in the independent market, I'd be getting offers, but in terms of big studio films, I still have to audition. I don't think my name is that well-known, I don't have much of a following to guarantee box office success yet.
'Hunger' definitely changed my life, in terms of being recognized by filmmakers, since that was very much a filmmakers' film.
I think the fact that us as a race still continues to be very tribal and we haven't really moved away from that over hundreds and hundreds of years of experience.
Nobody wants to hear Metallica at lunchtime.
Being movie director you've got the art department, you've got the actors, you've got the camera department, you've got make-up and hair, and props. You've got your finger in all these pies, and you're making sure that everything cooks at the right temperature.
I don't know what's going to happen. I'm flavor of the month at the moment, but somebody else is going to roll around the corner in three months' time. I just want to keep working. I can't stop!
Even if I'm playing a superhero, it has to be steeped in reality.
We moved to Ireland when I was two and we settled in Killarney, Co Kerry.
Where we were living in Germany is very industrial and very grey and my parents wanted to have countryside around for my sister and I to grow up in.
I always approach film as a fan.
The actors I looked up to when I was a teenager, they all just disappeared into different characters.
I think that idea of alienation, for whatever reason, is still very prevalent within our society and a lot of people deal with it - most people deal with it at some point in their life unless they're sort of the golden child. I think that's something that we all need to address.
Trying to identify and understand, as opposed to judging, is very important for me, in approaching characters.
We're all curious about a lot of things.
There's no point in swanning through and being cool as a breeze in every scene.
It's not really that interesting. Even if you're a superhero.
I don't think peroxide-blond hair is a beneficial look for me.
There's no point thinking, 'Well, my life's certainly worked out, I've got all the answers.' It would be wrong for me to say that I don't get seduced by certain things. That things don't become tempting.
I keep everything very simple. I like telling stories.
Everyone's crazy anyway. And those who think they aren't, are the ones who are even crazier - because they're in denial.
It's the worst thing if you're sitting there in the theater, going, "Oh, that's the guy who dates this person and likes to do this in the morning and that in the afternoon." Then you're just watching a brand, as opposed to an actor.
It's a difficult thing as an actor not to repeat one's self.
At one point you think, well, it's funny, I could just be a starving actor.
.. So if somebody were to pull the plug right now, there'd be no room for complaint.
Sometimes if I stick in a character too much I feel like I might start to get blinkered, because I'm making my decisions too definite.
We did a lot of that in drama school: intellectualising and maybe justifying your position. 'I am a thinking actor and I have thought this through' - well, just do it. I much prefer the doing aspect.