// October 18, 2017

Michael spoke with Vulture and discussed his latest film, The Snowman, race-car driving, doing a rom-com, and kissing himself in Alien: Covenant.

Harry’s a drunk and an iffy father figure and a misanthrope who pushes chairs away in his office cafeteria so he doesn’t have to talk to people. What did you like about him? 
A detective is a genre that I wanted to do. Then reading the books, I just really like the character. Jo had such an investment in this character. He’s really human, and I could imagine him as somebody who is living and breathing and existing. I love the fact that he’s not an action hero. When he goes into a scuffle, he usually comes out the worse for wear. And the drinking thing is just him self-medicating. I think he hates his job. He’s brilliant at it, and he can’t step away from it. There’s an obsessiveness that is part of his personality and part of his relationship to the job. So there’s a lot going on there, and then some of the stuff is in contradiction, which is interesting to play with.

Do you think you’d make a good detective?

Why not?
Cause I don’t have an interest in it. I think if you want to be good at something — to find happiness in it — you have to have a passion for it.

You’ve read all the books in the Harry Hole series except The Snowman, which you avoided so it wouldn’t interfere with how you interpreted the script. How do you make time to read? 
You know, you sit around set a lot. There’s a lot of time in between setups when I just read. I read in the evenings, whenever I have free time.

Would you want this to turn into a movie franchise like the Jack Reacher books?
Yes, I would, yeah.

Is there a limit to how many series you can handle?
As long as I feel like I want to do them, I’ll participate.

Harry has some weird quirks. Can you explain them? First, he carries his files in a plastic grocery bag.
It just felt right. He doesn’t carry things on him a lot. We felt that it was interesting. What he has, he has on him. And I just thought there’s something interesting and temporary about a plastic bag, something very naff, not organized, but in a way still just very practical. It’s unusual. But it was just something that happened on the day. I was like, “Maybe the plastic bag?” I just like those quirks, you know.

When he takes a nap, he sleeps on a pillow made of record albums. 
I think he’s just listening to music. For me, if I’m lying on my back resting, I always like to have something under my head.

No matter how cold it gets, he never zips up his jacket. 
That’s right. That’s just to make him look like a tough guy.

You really did shoot this in Norway in the winter. How cold did it get? 
You know, it’s funny because Tomas talked about not putting on the jacket. He said he was on a bus trip one time and the bus driver stood outside the bus having a cigarette in short sleeves. That non-awareness of the cold that that guy seemed to have, he wanted to incorporate that into Harry, as well. It was cold, but not really that bad. It’s a very dry cold there, so it was quite refreshing. I enjoyed it, actually — it was invigorating. The air was so clean. I liked it because before I went out there, I was thinking, “Ugh, it’s going to be brutal.” But it wasn’t that bad.

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// October 16, 2017

Director Simon Kinberg shared a behind-the-scenes photo on his Instagram account with a caption, “That’s a wrap.” pertaining to the new X-Men movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

That's a wrap. #darkphoenix #xmenmovies 11.2.18

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// October 14, 2017

Check out the hilarious sketch of Michael and James Corden that was shown during last Thursday’s The Late Late Show with James Corden.

// October 12, 2017

Every year, 1.25 million lives are lost worldwide due to road traffic fatalities. This directly translates to 3,500 people killed every day, 500 of which are children. Young people are particularly affected as road traffic crashes are the main cause of death of 15 to 29 year olds. To tackle this challenge, the FIA has partnered with JCDecaux, number one outdoor advertising company worldwide, and together, they launched the #3500LIVES global campaign on 10 March 2017 thanks to the support of 13 world renowned ambassadors from the sport, music and film industries. Through a concrete and positive approach, the #3500LIVES campaign aims to raise awareness and prompt all road users to adopt simple, easily applicable and efficient rules. So far, the campaign has been visible in over 900 cities, in more than 75 countries.

Today, the FIA is releasing a new #3500LIVES campaign visual featuring Michael Fassbender to illustrate the “check your vision” rule. Recently added, this Golden Rule encourages all road users to check their vision regularly and wear appropriate glasses on the road. Indeed, vision is critical to the decisions road users make on the road and poor vision can notably increase their reaction time, putting themselves and others at risk. Moreover, public awareness is low and access to quality eyeglasses remains limited in many regions of the world.

By embodying this rule, Michael Fassbender will add on to the 13 existing campaign Ambassadors from the worlds of art (Michelle Yeoh and Pharrell Williams), motor racing (Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Marc Márquez, and Felipe Massa), sport (Rafael Nadal, Yohan Blake, Wayde van Niekerk, Vanessa Low and Haile Gebrselassie), and politics (Anne Hidalgo) who aim to raise awareness on other key risk factors such as speed, alcohol, seatbelts.

// October 11, 2017

Check out two new featurettes from The Snowman, a behind-the-scenes look and an interview with the cast and the author, Jo Nesbø. The film is out in UK theaters on Friday.

// October 11, 2017

Blasting along at 160 m.p.h. in the passenger seat of a $250,000 Ferrari 488, with Michael Fassbender behind the wheel, I think of something he said before we got in the car. We were chatting in an air-conditioned trailer on the infield of the racetrack we’re lapping, the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, and I asked Michael how he was feeling, given that he was about to take my life in his hands.

“I’m fine with it,” he said, smiling. He’s often smiling. “I hope you’re O.K. with it.”

Turns out, I am. In part because I think Michael Fassbender could convince me—probably most people—to do almost anything. Charming and contemplative and exceedingly handsome, with the piercing Follow Me eyes of a cult leader, Fassbender exudes focus without seeming at all cocky.

Perhaps more important, I know that Fassbender has been training for the past year to compete in the Ferrari Challenge series, a competitive global racing program for committed Ferrari owners. Each Challenge driver must acquire a race car—the $330,000 488 Challenge is Fassbender’s choice, a more potent and lighter version of the road car in which we did our laps. They must join a private racing team and commission a coach and a mechanic. Then they must work tirelessly on their skills, training at a certified Ferrari driving school, practicing on the track and on ultra-advanced computer simulators, and constantly rehashing telemetry data—precise measurements of speed, braking, acceleration, and turning—to try to improve their time and position in each of the half-dozen races that make up the annual schedule.

“He’s very competitive,” Fassbender’s coach, Martin Roy of Scuderia Corsa, tells me in the paddock. “He wants to perform.” In one of the four races he’s completed so far this season, Fassbender placed third, an achievement given that this is his first year in the program. And that, despite a lifelong love of speed and racing, for 20 years before this, he didn’t even own a car, getting around London on a motorcycle.

I can feel Fassbender’s subtle perfectionism as we rip through the Austin track’s 20 turns. As he rifles off gearshifts, saws the steering wheel, mashes the pedals, he calls out every little error. “Missed that apex.” “Brakes are cooking.” “Slidey, slidey.” “Don’t want to hit those.” He admits that he talks to himself when he’s in the car alone as well, especially when he screws up. What does the Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA-nominated actor say to himself in the privacy of his race car? “You fucking idiot.”

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