Michael Fassbender - the BiographyBy Jim Maloney
He's the outsider who rocked Hollywood with a string of powerful films, earning him plaudits, awards and an army of adoring fans. His chiselled yet rugged good looks and masculinity set him apart from the 'pretty boy' actors, which has made him popular with both men and women. His intriguing mix of Irish/German roots has infused him with an easy-going charm combined with a steely confidence and determination to succeed. Michael Fassbender doesn't just 'act' he 'becomes' the people he is portraying in a type of method acting that has seen him likened to Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro - both of whom were his childhood heroes. And he is an actor with remarkable versatility. In his breakthrough movie Hunger, he went on a strict diet to lose weight in order to play IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. By contrast he portrayed an English army officer in the rollicking World War Two adventure Inglorious Basterds; the comic book villain Magneto in X-Men: First Class and psychiatrist Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method - in which he famously spanked Keira Knightley's bottom! He shamelessly bared all as a sex addict in Shame and got moody and broody as a chilling hired killer in the action thriller Haywire. In this eagerly awaited biography, Jim Maloney tells his remarkable rise to fame from Heidelberg in south-west Germany, to Killarney in Ireland, onto London and Hollywood. Read how he thought he was Superman, why he dropped out of drama school, his brief attempt to become a heavy metal rock star and the piece of paper pinned to his school notice board that was to change his life forever.