As I'm sure you've heard from everyone you speak to, I'm very impressed with your acting. I'm curious, how you've changed over the course of the last few years working on more and more films in the way you get ready for a role. Or do you have a similar routine for everything you do?
FASSBENDER: Yeah, it's pretty much been the same all the time. I spend a lot of time with the script, and that's really kind of the core of the separation I just really reread and reread and just spend time with the script and doing so, spending time with the characters and the story and it just sort of seeps into the bone marrow after a while for me. But it really boils down to that.
Some actors Iíve spoken with enjoy the Clint Eastwood method of shooting the rehearsal, maybe one or two takes, and others really love the David Fincher method of a lot of takes. What do you like to do, typically?
FASSBENDER: I definitely think the first works best. 'Cause I do so much homework I'm good to go on the first take; I don't want to rehearse. I like the element of whatís unpredictable of that first take and nobody knows whatís going to happen, and Iím a big fan of that.
I got to see about 15 minutes of Assassin's Creed, and it really looked cool to me. It looked like this could be the video game movie that really breaks out, in terms of doing it right. Have you seen the finished film? What was your takeaway?
FASSBENDER: Well, this is a film that I will be in the edit on, 'cause I'm producer on it. So, you know, we're still working on it, weíre still editing away. Iím very excited by the whole universe of Assassinís Creed. I wasnít aware of it until I met the guys from Ubisoft. When they started to tell me the premise behind it and the details of these two different warring factions, I just thought it could be told perfectly through a cinematic medium. So that was five years ago now, been involved in it from the ground up, so Iím really passionate about it. But you know, I feel like weíve got definitely something very original and thought-provoking in this kind of genre, and weíre very lucky to get Justin Kurzel on board and Marion Cotillard, from the experience that we had on Macbeth, and to get Adam Arkapaw whoís an absolute artist as the DP. So weíre very excited about it.
The footage I saw looked fantastic. I would imagine that right now you are getting scripts, you're looking at what you want to do next. What are you thinking about for the rest of the year and early next year?
FASSBENDER: Doing nothing. No, I won't be doing nothing/ I won't be doing any acting. Let's put it that way. I'll be just working on the script and development of my production company. Weíve got quite a few things that are sort of in the works. So just spending more time with writers, developing stuff for this next 6-8 months, you know, investing a lot of time in that in making sure that those projects are in good place and Iím looking forward to that actually.
My last thing for you Ė 'cause I know I'm almost out of time: I am a fan of Prometheus and I love Ridley Scott when he's doing sci-fi Ė so Iím excited about the next Alien movie. What can you tease people about it, and what was it like working with Ridley again on the project?
FASSBENDER: I just love Ridley. You know, he's become a really good friend, and he's just a natural, he's one of a kind. Anybody that works with him in any department is just totally blown away by him. Heís such a visionary and I think he has such a great, understanding of storytelling. You know, coming from an art background, how referring to something being put in the frame, working with the art department, working with costume design, working with the actors, heís very vigilant and fun, you know? We have a lot of fun; we laugh a lot, and heís also got very intelligent but also off-center notes. He would never tell you directly to do something, but just give you little flavors. In the first Prometheus film, he just sort of walked over, and [said,] ďI imagine Davidís like a butlerĒ and he runs his finger over the desktop checking for dust. And that was enough for me to go off and explore elements of the character with that in mind. We work really well together. I have to say, this Alien is going to be Ė Iím really excited to see it and everybody in the film was saying that there's a film that we all wanna see. Itís much scarier than Prometheus, but itís got that sort of same scope as Prometheus, that imminent sort of disaster feel, that Alien had. So itís kind of a beautiful meeting of both of those films. Iím really excited to see it, I think itís gonna be super scary, number one. And again, with the massive scope of Prometheus.
Dude, that's the greatest description I could've gotten for you saying that it's gonna be scary. I love hearing that.
FASSBENDER: Yeah, you know once it starts and the ball starts rolling, it's definitely going to bring chills to the cinema.
I love that. I gotta go, but I heard rumblings that you might be directing at some point. When you're developing stuff right now with your production company, is that one of the things youíre trying to develop is something you might direct?
FASSBENDER: Itís definitely something that Iím interested in doing and would like to do it at some point. I have no idea when or what yet, because Iím focusing on the development side of things, but yeah, I would like to try it and hopefully not fall flat on my face. Iím definitely trying to soak up from the best that Iíve been lucky enough to work with, so yeah, Iíd like to try it one day.