Michael Fassbender prays for inspiration

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 November 2016
Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender draws on his late relatives for inspiration when he needs to shoot an emotional scene

Michael Fassbender "prays to relatives who are gone" when he has to film an emotional scene.

The 39-year-old actor is very close to his family so if he has to channel sadness in his work, he just thinks about those who has passed away as he always feels reassured that they are "looking out" for him.

He said of his family: "They're very much a part of who I am. Somebody was asking me last night, when I do emotional scenes, how do I go about getting there? What I do more often than not is pray to relatives who are gone. I feel like they are there with me. There are times in life where I've just thought, 'Somebody was looking after me there. Somebody was looking out for me.' "

The 'Assassin's Creed' actor finds preparing for his movies "tough" because he prefers to be around, and collaborating with, other people.

He told Esquire magazine: "The prep - spending hours and hours by myself, reading and rereading the script - I find that to be the tough part."

And Michael's 'Steve Jobs' co-star Kate Winslet doesn't think it is important for her friend to "take risks" as he just wants to tackle roles that will "challenge" him.

She told the publication: "I don't think Michael gives a f**k about 'taking risks'. It's not in his nature to say, 'How far can I push this envelope?' He just wants to play characters that he knows will challenge him."

While Michael can next be seen playing Callum Lynch and his 15th century ancestor Aguilar de Nerha in 'Assassin's Creed' - which is based on the video game of the same name - he admits it has been a long time since he had a "serious stint" playing games on his computer.

He said: "The last time I had a serious stint with video games was 2000.

"There was a period of time where I was working in this warehouse at night. I would come home in the morning and just sit down in front of this racing game - I can't remember the name of it - and play it over and over."

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