Ever since his brilliant performance in Inglourious Basterds, Michael's been on our radar. In the last few years, he's been hitting us nonstop with his talent and beauty, slipping into a slew of new roles in films ranging from the much-anticipated X-Men: First Class to the very disturbing Shame. Now, we're getting to know the man behind the characters; Michael Fassbender graces the cover of GQ's November issue, and he opened up about everything from women to his inner darkness. Check out a few of his best quotes below, and look out for the new issue on Oct. 22.
The Women in His Life
For someone with so much sex appeal, it has to be easy for Michael to attract women. Turns out, Michael thinks his sex appeal isn't really at the root of his newfound romantic success: "You become a lot more successful in terms of, like, talking to a girl. She's all of a sudden more interested in me. I know that, like, three years ago, she would've walked away after two sentences left my mouth. I remember I was sitting at this table at this thing, and I was talking to this girl. I was like, 'God, I am so boring right now.' But she was like, 'That's so interesting!' I was like, 'You know what? Five years ago, this would not have been interesting.'"
His Inner Darkness
One of the biggest mysteries about Michael is his ability to slip into dark and troubled characters. Does this mean he's harboring a darkness within himself? He told GQ, "People that are playing dark roles can actually be quite light. It doesn't necessarily go hand in hand. I think sometimes maybe people that are lighter can access that darkness easier, whereas people that are dark don't like to access it. . . . It's too much maybe part of them that they don't want to reveal. I know that I've got darkness, but for the most part I try and smile as much as I can, you know? I mean, David Cronenberg said it annoyed him that I used to come to work happy all the time."
Find out what else Michael revealed in his interview when you read on.
And What About Money?
Despite the fact that Michael's made plenty in recent years, he hasn't spent very much of it. He still lives in the same East London apartment he's had since his 20s, and much of his earnings remain in the bank, untouched. According to Michael, though, that's probably not a good idea.
He told GQ, "It's probably not good in the bank. . . . You need to get it out of the bank. You hear, 'Oh, we're in this much debt.' It's like, where is that money? All these numbers: Where do they come from? One hundred billion whatever, these numbers. I'd like to see a room with that amount of money. There is no room that could take that amount of money. That money doesn't exist."
He continued, "I worry about currency and money. Inflation, bang, and next thing, a million's not worth anything. Like in Germany before and after the war, when it really crashed. It was like 2,000 marks for a loaf of bread or something, you know what I mean? That's why you've got to get it in bricks and mortar." So now we know Michael's thoughts on macroeconomics!