Friday 31 October 2014

From the family restaurant to the Oscars stage - Fassbender wants to thank his parents

Published 28/01/2014 | 17:33

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12:  Actor Michael Fassbender attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Michael was born in Germany to his German father Josef Fassbender and his Irish mother Adele.

Michael Fassbender feels "lucky" to have been born to his parents.

The Irish actor has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood thanks to roles in Shame and the X-Men series.

Currently starring in 12 Years a Slave, Michael is a long way from working in his family's restaurant, and says he relishes the chance to spoil his parents now they've retired.

"I feel very lucky to have been raised by my parents. They taught me to be a good person and work hard during the years I was working at the family's restaurant. Now they have retired and they have a life at last; that was a really back-breaking job," Michael told Italy's Vanity Fair magazine.

Michael was born in Germany to his German father Josef Fassbender and his Irish mother Adele.

Reminiscing on special moments he's spent with his parents, Michael recalled an "amazing" trip he went on with his dad.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12:  Michael Fassbender arrives for Fox And FX's 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party - Arrivals on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
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"Once, with my father and my best friend, we left for an amazing motorcycle road trip. Over 3,000 miles from The Netherlands to Germany and Austria, up to Dubrovnik and then to Italy: Bari, Taormina and back to the Amalfi Coast until Rome, Florence and Lake Garda. I think it's amazing to sit at the table and dine until 1 am, like Italians do," he enthused.

Michael will again be reprising his role of Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto for the new X-Men film, Days of Future past.

The movie will be released in the summer, and will reunite Michael with original cast members Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman, among others.

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