Michael Fassbender's whisky joy

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Michael Fassbender has revealed whisky was the best and worst part of filming the movie adaption of 'Macbeth' in Scotland.

Michael Fassbender says whisky was the best and worst part of filming 'Macbeth' in Scotland.

The 38-year-old actor takes on the lead role of the Shakespeare warrior in the film adaption of the classic play and has revealed he thoroughly enjoyed the country's famous tipple whilst filming in the Highlands.

When asked about his favourite and least favourite parts of filming, he said: "Whisky and whisky."

The film's director Justin Kurzel also revealed Marion Cotillard - who plays Lady Macbeth in the movie - found herself at the mercy of the Scottish countryside when she "disappeared down a bog hole" during filming.

He added: "Marion did literally disappear - down a bog hole in Scotland. It kind of eats you up and it throws you around and it's spectacular and dangerous and very visceral."

Meanwhile, Michael also spoke about how he grappled with playing such a well known character, revealing how during the film process he discovered Macbeth suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, he shared: "Never did it occur to me before this that this character was suffering from PTSD.

"You have a soldier who's engaged in battle month-after-month, day-after-day. Killing with his hands. Pushing a sword through muscle and bone. And if that doesn't work picking up a rock and using that."

Macbeth

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 113 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Justin Kurzel
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis
  • UK release: 2 October 2015

Australian director Kurzel significantly trims Shakespeare's drama, placing the emphasis on brutal, bloody conflict and primal energy. The cast is impressive but Fassbender's warrior king has all the fury and impact of Pacino in his prime; all in all, an adaptation of raw, haunting power.

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