One of Michael Fassbender's claims to fame on his extensive resume is his tremendous performance as Magneto in the X-Men prequels. Yet despite the positive notices that his work in the prequel trilogy has gotten him, there's one performance in the series that Fassbender considers to be one of his most embarrassing. If you're a fan of X-Men: Days of Future Past, you might be surprised to find out that a scene in that very film is the cause of his distress.
Vulture picked up on these remarks during the opening events at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Fassbender was a featured guest. Unfortunately for him, the folks who were choosing the clips decided to pluck the moment in X-Men: Days of Future Past where Professor X and Magneto get into an argument aboard Xavier's private jet. On the surface, it's a pretty powerful moment that works rather well with the film. But if you're Michael Fassbender, this moment is a source of great frustration, as he highlighted once the sequence was over via the following remarks:
So just what is it about this scene that makes Michael Fassbender cringe? If you're remembering X-Men: Days of Future Past like we are, it was a pretty solid affair. But, to be fair, we think it's a good time to run the tapes and review the moment Fassbender is highlighting as problematic, in the interest of being fair. We now present to you, the moment that made Michael Fassbender cringe during X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Honestly, we still can't see what about that moment gets Fassbender's thespian goat. Maybe he felt like the performance got away from him as he lost himself in the moment, but unless we're missing some secret tics in that scene, it's still pretty good. Though it could be a case of Michael Fassbender being his own worst critic, as he could comparing his work in this film to undoubtedly superior material in films like Steve Jobs. In which case, we would have to fall in line with the actor's opinion.
Embarrassing moment aside, Michael Fassbender is still one of the most captivating performers in the business today, as even his most "shameful" moments yield some pretty solid material. If this is what an off beat looks like, then we could only hope to make the mistakes that Fassbender has in his career. Though now that we think about it, we wonder if there are any moments he regrets from X-Men: Apocalypse?
X-Men: Apocalypse is on Digital HD tomorrow, with the Blu-ray / DVD release hitting on October 4th.