As far as I and most other comic book fans are concerned I imagine, Michael Fassbender’s performance as Magneto in the rebooted X-Men films has been one of the consistently best aspect of the franchise to date, even in this year’s abysmal X-Men: Apocalypse, where Fassbender still managed to somehow mine some real emotion out of the otherwise scattered and clumsy material he was given.
While I think his best work as the character is in X-Men: First Class though, his performance in Days of Future Past is still stellar from beginning to end, even when Magneto is forced once again to be the primary antagonist during the film’s final act.
According to Vulture though, Fassbender revealed last night during a tribute to his career at TIFF, that he doesn’t actually like his performance as Magneto in that film:
“I don’t actually like that performance there, to be honest I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like some dude shouting.”
For reference as well, this also came after a scene from Days of Future Past was shown, in which Fassbender’s Magneto and James McAvoy’s Professor X have a fight on a plane, with the former at one point almost bringing the entire plane down. Personally, I think it’s one of the best scenes in the film, even if Fassbender doesn’t quite agree with me.
Last year, the actor gave one of his best performances to date in Steve Jobs though, which interestingly enough, Fassbender revealed he also tried desperately to get out of during rehearsals:
“He wrote all that stuff! It was so dense! It was such a mountain, and I’m a slow learner, so 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. But in rehearsals I was trying to find a way to get out of the job. 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.’”
Of course Fassbender went on to earn several accolades and awards for his performance as Jobs in the film, and it’s not hard to see why either when you finally watch it, especially during the film’s third act. I guess in the end though, we’re all our own worst critics, and that certainly seems to apply here.
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