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// February 13, 2018

New project alert! Michael is set to star in the action-comedy film, Kung Fury, from David Sandberg, who serves as the director, producer, and star of the feature. David Hasselhoff is also joining the cast, reprising his role in the original short film of the same name.

DEADLINE – A sequel to the original short, Kung Fury will shoot this summer. It’s co-written by Sandberg and Tyler Burton Smith. The story is set in 1985, the best year ever. Miami is kept safe under the watchful eye of Kung Fury, the greatest damn cop of all time. His Thundercops are the ultimate police force assembled from across history to defeat the villainous Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. After the tragic death of one of their members causes the group to disband, a mysterious villain emerges from the shadows to aid in the Fuhrer’s quest to attain the ultimate weapon. Kung Fury must travel through space and time to save his friends, defend the prestigious Miami Kung Fu Academy, and defeat evil once and for all.

// December 09, 2017

I have updated the gallery with scans of the full X-Men: Dark Phoenix feature in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine.

// December 07, 2017

Entertainment Weekly has released the first look images from X-Men: Dark Phoenix as they feature the film in their latest issue. Check out the one featuring Michael on set with writer/producer, Simon Kinberg!

The writer/producer, seen here with Michael Fassbender who plays Erik/Magneto, had been thinking about directing for a while. Finally, one of the X-Men team pushed him. “Honestly, the person who most really wanted me to direct was Jen Lawrence,” says Kinberg. “I give her credit or blame depending on how it goes.”

// 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?
No.

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.