The Fantastic Mr. Fassbender
—Bertus van Aswegen
When you hear the name Michael Fassbender, a certain mutant with magnetic powers might come to mind. But even though he is commonly recognized as Magneto from the X-Men movies, Fassbender has made a name for himself as a world-class actor in various types of films.
Born in 1977 in Heidelberg, Germany, Fassbender moved with his family to Ireland when he was two. He decided that he wanted to be an actor after performing in a local play at age 17. From then on, he took a serious approach to preparing for each of his roles. "I [spend] a lot of time with the script . . . to understand the rhythms of the text and the rhythms of the character," he says.
In 2008, his role as Irish Republican Bobby Sands in Hunger brought Fassbender wide recognition. The role required strict dedication—he had to starve himself to lose 30 pounds in 10 weeks. He would later earn two Oscar nominations, one of which was for his role as Apple's iconic CEO in Steve Jobs. Fassbender's performance was praised for its accuracy. Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak even stated, "I was shocked . . . I felt I was seeing the real Steve Jobs."