Friday 13 December 2019

Fassbender gets 'Frank' in new film about rock stardom

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Actor Michael Fassbender relived his childhood dream of being the lead singer of a rock band in new film 'Frank'.

The fictional tale, which also stars Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, was inspired by charismatic performers including Manchester comedian Frank Sidebottom.

"I was in an attempt of a band when I was growing up," Fassbender explained as he attended the European premiere of 'Frank' at the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield. "But we were never any good. We didn't even have a name but we had plenty of fantasies of making it. So it was nice to return to that."

Fassbender was required to wear a giant papier-mache mask – a nod to Sidebottom's unique performance style – while shooting the movie.

It was an experience the Oscar-nominated actor found thoroughly enjoyable. "It was quite liberating, wearing the head," he said. "And it covered up my recent Botox," he joked.

The film was shot on location in Ireland and Fassbender enjoyed returning home for the shoot.

Domhnall Gleeson
Domhnall Gleeson
Lenny and Monika Abrahamson
Michael Fassbender

"Unfortunately I don't get home as much as I'd like, so you can kill two birds with one stone when you get to work on something like 'Frank'. It's perfect for me," he said.

Michael Fassbender

Gleeson plays the part of wannabe musician Jon who desperately follows Frank around trying to understand his illusive creative ability. "It was a great film to shoot," Gleeson said. "But I got punched in the face a lot. "I think I'm quite good at taking a slap to the face at this stage."

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