Saturday 18 November 2017

Fast profit for Michael Fassbender thanks to Hollywood hit

Gordon Deegan

ACTOR Michael Fassbender's role as an android in the Hollywood blockbuster 'Prometheus', pictured right, helped propel accumulated profits at the movie star's British firm past €465,000 last year.

According to new accounts just filed by Fassbender's Barrelmaker Ltd with Companies House in Britain, the firm's accumulated profits increased by 12pc from £292,895 (€347,740) to £329,002 (€465,250) in the 12 months to the end of December last year.

The boost in fortunes for the Fassbender firm coincided with the 2012 worldwide release of the $200m (€152m) 'Prometheus', which took in $403m (€306m) at the box office.

The Ridley Scott-directed movie was the latest in a string of box office hits that Fassbender has starred in.

His fortunes are likely to be further boosted as he has two highly anticipated movies set for release in October: 'The Counsellor' and '12 Years a Slave'. Last month, he was cast in the new film adaptation of 'Macbeth', which is due to start filming in January.

In 2011, Fassbender starred in 'Shame' in a lead role for which he received numerous awards and nominations, including a BAFTA award for Best Actor and a Golden Globe nomination.

The returns for Barrelmaker show that cash at the firm dipped marginally last year from £313,593 (€372,314) to £311,700 (€370,080).

Fassbender's career also includes prominent roles in 'Inglorious Basterds' and 'X-Men: First Class'; playing Bobby Sands in the 2008 'Hunger'; and a role in Stephen Spielberg's 'Band of Brothers'.

Born in Germany, Fassbender moved with his family to Killarney, Co Kerry, when he was just two. He later attended Fossa National School and St Brendan's College in Killarney. The 36-year-old first took to the stage in Killarney with a local theatre group, Bric Rua.

In an interview reflecting on his success, Fassbender said: "When I was working behind the bar and doing odd jobs, the idea that I could actually make a living from this was like a dream. To be in a position to be working with all the big names that I have, like Tarantino, Cronenberg, Soderbergh, Jarmusch, Scott, it's kind of unreal."

Irish Independent

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