IRISH actor Michael Fassbender's role as a villain in the latest X-men movie helped propel accumulated profits at the movie star's firm UK firm past the €720,000 mark last year.
According to new accounts just filed by Fassbender's Barrelmaker Productions in the UK, the firm's accumulated profits increased by 25pc to £508,335 (€721,093) in the 12 months to the end of December last.
The boost in fortunes for the Fassbender firm coincided with the worldwide release of 'X-Men - Days of Future Past' and his critically acclaimed role in Lenny Abrahamson's movie 'Frank'.
Mr Fassbender's status as a Hollywood actor is set to go up to another level later this year when he plays Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle's eagerly anticipated biopic of the Apple co-founder.
The screenplay for the movie was written by Aaron Sorkin and adapted from Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of Mr Jobs.
Mr Fassbender (37) - who has expressed ambitions to direct a movie - has already secured an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor in '12 Years a Slave'.
The returns for Barrelmaker show that cash at the firm jumped last year from £426,892 to £533,688.
Born in Germany, he moved at the age of two with his family to Killarney, Co Kerry, where he attended Fossa National School and St Brendan's College in Killarney. He first acted in Killarney with local group Bric Rua.GORDON DEEGAN