Michael Fassbender's poor Polish

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 May 2016
Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender had to learn Polish for 'X-Men: Apocalypse' - but wasn't very good and had his dialogue in the language cut down

Michael Fassbender had to learn Polish for 'X-Men: Apocalypse' - but wasn't very good.

The 39-year-old actor's character, Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto, is seen in the movie trying to forget his mutant past as he forges a new life in Eastern Europe with his family, and the German-Irish star struggled when it came to getting to grips with the local language.

He said: "I turned up and started to learn Polish. I'm excellent at Polish. I can sing in Polish, I can dance in Polish, I can cook Polish meals. No, I'm pretty bad.

"If a person is a native Polish speaker, they'd be appalled but I tried my best.

"At the beginning, they had pages of it and I said, 'There's no way I can get this in a week.' So we pared it down and I worked way at it as best as I could.

"I'm always open to criticism - I welcome it."

Michael quickly struck up a friendship with franchise newcomer Oscar Isaac- who plays the formidable mutant Apocalypse - but admits he came off better during their bonding sessions than his new pal.

He told heat magazine: "It was a pleasure. We just hit it off immediately. We had dinner the night before we were filming and we probably had one too many drinks that night - he was feeling it in the make-up trailer the next morning as I arrived an hour and a half later than him."

Another of Michael's new co-stars, Sophie Turner, recently admitted she knew they'd get along when he swore at her on their first meeting.

She said: "I was nervous about meeting Michael Fassbender, but [on my first day on set] I looked over and he gave me the middle finger, jokingly, and I thought, 'We're going to get on.' "

X-Men: Apocalypse

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2h 24min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Written by: Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, Simon Kinberg, Bryan Singer
  • UK release: 19 May 2016

Waking from a ten-year slumber, Apocalypse (Isaac) enlists Erik/Magneto (Fassbender) in his evil plans. Plenty of superficial excitement but a distinct lack of narrative ambition; with an extraordinary ensemble wasted in a franchise that's run dry of ideas.

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