HOLLYWOOD – After months of negotiation Shame (2011) and Prometheus (2012) star Michael Fassbender has signed on to play Rocky’s original nemesis Apollo Creed A.K.A The Master of Disaster, The King of Sting, The Dancing Destroyer, and The Count of Monte Fisto.
The movie – Assassins Creed – is the story of an ex-heavyweight boxing champion who is transported back to Renaissance Italy and is press ganged into becoming the leader of an elite bunch of Assassins.
Directed by Len Wiseman and due for release in 2013. Assassins Creed is yet another brave departure in Fassbender’s short but prolific career and we caught up with him on the set of Ridley Scott‘s The Counsellor(2013) to ask about his daring role.
Mr Fassbender. Can I call you Michael?
You certainly can Sir.
Cool. So Michael you’ve signed up to play Apollo Creed in Assassin’s Creed. What drew you to the part?
Well I’m a big fan of the Rocky series and I’ve always thought Apollo was a strong, charismatic character and he deserved his own spin-off.
I see. Don’t take this the wrong way but Carl Weathers, who originally played Apollo, is black and you are white.
(Laughing)I noticed that yes.
So I assume you will require heavy make-up in order to perform the role. Are you worried about any controversy that might arise?
Not at all. I think Robert Downey Jnr’s character in Tropic Thunderopened the floodgates and the idea of a white guy playing a black guy will not cause so much of a stir these days.
Still, you would have thought they would have hired a black actor to play the role.
Surely you aren’t advocating a studio discriminates against an actor on account of his race? I can’t help being white. I was born white and that shouldn’t hinder my career in any way.
Fine. Ok Michael that will do. Thanks for the
Wait a minute
Sorry. Did you have anything to add?
Aren’t you forgetting something?
I don’t think so
You haven’t asked about my (He whistles and points to his crotch)
Er…to be honest I didn’t even consider raising the subject.
It’s really that big you know. There was no camera trickery in SHAME or anything like that.
Er..good for you I suppose.
Do you want to see it?
I’m good thanks but I appreciate the offer.
I can just whip it out now for you. A quick flash it would be no problem.
It’s a kind gesture Michael but I really have to go I’m late for an appointment.
Oh no bother. Next time then. Thanks for the Interview.
Assassin’s Creed will be released in 2013.