Michael Fassbender’s Role Reversal
Irish actor Michael Fassbender has risen through the ranks playing everything from a gladiator in 300 to a hunger-striking member of the IRA in last year’s Hunger (a role that he actually starved himself for). Currently, he’s been getting rave reviews for his portrayal of Lt. Archie Hicox in Quentin Tarantino‘s latest film, Inglourious Basterds. While most actors would give anything to be a part of a Tarantino movie, Fassbender recently talked with the Times about his reservations with the role he was cast in.
I was really gunning for the Landa part, to be honest. I can’t really separate these two characters, Landa and Hicox; I’m going to have to throw all my eggs into the Landa basket. So I did about 25 hours’ work on Landa, learning French and German accents.”
Once Fassbender arrived at the audition, however, he soon came to realize that he wasn’t even being considered for the role.
When I got to the audition in Berlin, Quentin and I chatted for a bit. Then he said, ‘Okay, let’s take a look at Hicox.’ I was like, ‘What about Landa?’ And he goes, ‘Well, I cast my Landa on Tuesday.’ ‘Are you sure?’ ‘Yeah, I’m sure, man.’ Then there was a pause, and he goes, ‘Look, man, any guy that gets cast as Heathcliff is not f**king German enough to play my Landa, alright?’ And I thought, ‘I’m not going to argue with Quentin Tarantino about who he wants to cast, that’s for sure.’”