Director McQueen hails 'great' Fassbender

Michael Fassbender is a "once-in-a generation" actor.

Michael Fassbender is a "once-in-a generation" actor.

The 'Shame' star has a "femininity" which helps put him into the same league as Hollywood greats like Marlon Brando and James Dean, according to director Steve McQueen.

He said: "He's a once in a generation actor. Michael's a man's man, but he has a femininity too. A lot of actors today are very masculine. You have to go back to actors like Brando and James Dean to find that combination. His openness is key to him being a great actor."

Although he has played some weighty roles in recent years, such as Northern Irish hunger strike prisoner Bobby Sands in 'Hunger' and sex addict Brendan in 'Shame', Michael could branch out into action, as he is in the frame for a remake of 1987 movie 'Robocop', about a former policeman who is murdered and re-created as a crime-fighting cyborg

He said: "You know, I'm always open. I'll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation. It's not definitely like, 'Oh, I've got to play RoboCop before I retire.' I don't have that about anything. I don't go, 'I have to play the Dane one day, or Hamlet.'

"If I react to the script, then I'm up for anything."

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