Michael Fassbender recalls first major role...playing an ugly stepsister in a school play
Published 13/09/2015 | 15:32
As breakout roles go, it's one of the lesser told stories in Hollywood.
But playing the role of stepsister number three was enough to whet Michael Fassbender's appetite for a career in acting.
The Oscar-nominated star, who grew up in Co Kerry, said he first fell in love with acting while at secondary school and spurred on a love affair with the craft he still holds.
"In high school, I had my first real part in this sketch play, ‘Fairy Tales, Fairy Tales, 1, 2, 3.’ I was one of the ugly stepsisters. I wore my sister’s prom dress. Even though it was a pantomime, I took it very, very seriously," he told the New York Times.
He added that after his debut role, he produced a stage production of Reservoir Dogs and gave himself the role of Mr Pink.
While the 38-year-old actor often speaks about his Irish base and flies home to our shores several times a year, he said that growing up, his father Josef was the "odd one out".
"Look, he wasn’t a McQueen! Or an O’Reilly. He was a Fassbender. He was the odd one out. I think that’s an important part of who he is," he added.
Fassbender, who is currently dating Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, is promoting his latest film Macbeth with Marion Cotillard and Irish actor Jack Reynor.