Michael Fassbender’s rise to fame either started with 300 or Inglorious Basterds. That much, we know. And while the debate on which one truly birthed his career can rage on, his attachment to the film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed marks its eminent, disappointing death. I caught up with the once-actor between the airport and his car to get his reaction to the sad news about his choice of profession going the way of the Dodo.
“I’m just tired of acting,” the former thespian said. “It’ll be, mentally, way easier to just put a hood on and not emote for two hours. The most ‘acting’ I’ll ever have to do is blending in with a crowd of hookers, and I’m alright with that.”
The film adaptation of the 30-million-selling Assassin’s Creed series is being developed by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which was created over a year ago but still has no website. According to Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of UMP, the Assassin’s Creed film will “…bring brand awareness to a whole new set of consumers.” Despite Baronnet’s insistence that making an Assassin’s Creed movie will up game sales and bring a new audience into the fold, a quick check with my wife debunks his theory. “Meh. It’ll be a lot of a guy hiding and jumping on shit.” That kind of “brand awareness” by people who’ve never played the game before doesn’t seem to bode well for the film or Fassbender’s future marketability.
Fassbender gazes at his prospects after Assassin’s Creed…
…and then plummets along with them
On the other side of the coin, rabid Assassin’s Creed fanboys might make up for the loss in ticket sales due to no one else caring. According to a Gamespot forum commenter, “This will be an epic movie for an epic game series that’s best played on xbox 360.” Loads of other praise Actually, I can’t really find any more unabashed enthusiasm for the film. In an omen worthy of Gregory Peck, even the forums are full of Debbie Downers. Another commenter announces his morbid wish for Fassbender’s death with a quote from the game: “As Ezio Said, ‘Requesca De Pache’ Michael Fassbender. You will defile our sacred creed with bad performance and acting.” So, it looks like both the people who have played the game and the ones who haven’t are already marking their calendars to make sure they’re not in the theater the day it comes out.
Fassbender doesn’t really care either way. “Look,” he said nonchalantly. “Ben Kingsley is doing just fine, and he was in Prince of Persia, A Sound of Thunder, and Bloodrayne. Maybe you guys are overreacting. Whatever, though. I’ll get paid, and maybe it’ll make its budget back. Win-win.”
In this pivotal scene, Fassbender sits on a bench while people converse off-screen about boring conspiracy theories
In another crucial moment, Fassbender climbs on a bunch of rooftops to stare at symbols on a wall
Personally, I’m with this forum-goer who loudly proclaimed “What? Fassy is way to cool for Assassins Creed… maybe he meant Bioshock or MGS.” I’d be down for Fassbender taking on floating psychics, fat men on rocket roller skates, and a guy that commands a hive of bees with his mind. What do you think? What video game character do you want to see Fassbender play?