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Monday 9 December 2019

Form an orderly queue! Michael Fassbender flying home for premiere

Michael Fassbender at the 2014 IFTAs
Michael Fassbender at the 2014 IFTAs

Laura Butler

He's a jet setting Hollywood star, but Michael Fassbender will be back on Irish shores for the second time in two months when he flies home for the premiere of his movie Frank.

The 37-year-old returned to Ireland to pick up an award at the 11th annual IFTAs nearly two weeks ago and the Kerryman has confirmed he’ll be flying in to Dublin again on May 9 for the screening of Lenny Abrahamson’s comedy.

Also joining Fassbender on the red carpet will be his co-star Domhnall Gleeson, although American actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is unable to attend.

Frank follows wannabe musician Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious Frank (Fassbender) and his sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal).

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender (centre) and Domhnall Gleeson on the set of Frank.

Since taking part in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January, it has struck several major distribution deals overseas.

Frank is set to be released in cinemas in the US, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Singapore and the Middle East, to name a few.

The film spent several weeks shooting in Dublin last year, providing 300 people with temporary jobs during principle photography, and Fassbender said he enjoyed the opportunity to work at home for a change.

The Irish Film & Television Academy awards 2014 (IFTA) at DoubleTree by Hilton Dublin Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 05.04.14. Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Michael Fassbender

“It’s always nice to come home and special to work here too because it’s always hard to get back and 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 do it, like with Frank. It’s perfect for me,” he told this newspaper.

The 12 Years A Slave star, who splits his time between London and LA, recently completed production on Macbeth with Jack Reynor.

 “It has an amazing director and great cast, so it was a privilege to work with such great people,” he said.

“The crew was absolutely amazing too because we were out in that crazy cold weather all through January and February in Scotland. It was horizontal hailstones.”


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