Michael Fassbender: Magneto becomes more Machiavellian

Michael Fassbender at X-Men premiere

Michael Fassbender at London's premiere for X-Men: Days of Future Past

Michael Fassbender plays Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and insists his character is "more Machiavellian" and has stronger beliefs.

Michael Fassbender says Magneto is "more Machiavellian" in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'.

The 37-year-old actors stars as a young Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto, in the superhero film which will unite the casts of the original 'X-Men' trilogy with their younger counterparts from 'First Class', and insists his alter-ego has stronger beliefs now.

Talking to BANG Showbiz at the film's premiere in London's Leicester Square on Monday (12.05.14), he said: "In this film he is Magneto. He is much more singular in his beliefs and methods. He's much more Machiavellian."

Magneto was at odds with Professor X for decades however with a mutant annihilation on the cards it forces him to form new alliances and Fassbender enjoyed seeing this develop.

He added: "I just love the character. There is so much history in the character before I have arrived in his shoes. There's so much to play with, he's very complex. I love the relationship he has with Professor X."

The Hollywood hunk was joined by co-stars Ian McKellen and James McAvoy on the blue carpet.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 130 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen
  • UK release: 22 May 2014

When the mutants of the future face extinction, they send Wolverine (Jackman) back in time to change destiny. The finale is too effects-heavy and non-fans may question whether it all makes sense, but the principal players are all on top form and the slick direction and smart writing are at times enormously entertaining.


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