Killarney actor tipped for Oscar nominations

Cillian Walsh

FOSSA-MAN, and now Hollywood mega-star, Michael Fassbender has been tipped by a top film publication to receive two Oscar nominations this year.

The 36 year-old Kerry native is Oscar-less at present, however film magazine 'Total Film' believes that his latest exploits to hit the big screen are sure to give him to hat tip from The Academy in 2014.

Fassbender, whose parents own 'The West End' restaurant on lower New Street, Killarney, plays the starring role in Ridely Scott's 'The Counsellor' this year, alongside Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, which is based on Irishman's Cormac McCarthy's original script.

The film centres on Fassbender, who plays a high-flying lawyer who comes into possession of large amounts of cocaine and descends into the world of drug trafficking.

The Kerry man also stars in '12 Years A Slave', which is set in pre-civil war America, and sees him team up once again with 'Shame' director Steve McQueen. He plays the unlikeable character of a brutal plantation owner.

Fassbender has previously wowed critics with roles in Hunger, Prometheus, Inglorious Basterds, Shame and Prometheus. Yet the magazine believes this is the year for him, "Whether it's third-time lucky with McQueen, or second time around with Ridley Scott, the omens are good for success in 2014."

The German-born, Killarney bred actor is set for a busy few months, with roles in the new 'X-Men' movie, as well as the title role in the big screen adaptation of Shakespeare's iconic play Macbeth. He will also try his hand at producing, when he produces and stars in the film version of the popular video game 'Assassins Creed'.


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