Michael Fassbender and '300"

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Article Date: February 21, 2006 | Publication: Kerry's Eye | Author: editors
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Michael, 28, from Dromin, Fossa, plays a lead role as a Spartan called Stelios in the film 300 which is based on the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army.

“He is one of the 300 Spartans,” his father, Josef, explained. “He is the second last to die. It’s him to die and then the king.”

Josef, who runs West End House Restaurant in Killarney with his wife, Adele, said they hoped that 300 would be a stepping stone into the American film scene for their son.

The couple spent four days in Montreal last week watching the closing scenes of the filmbeing shot. They also got to attend the wrap-up party.

Michael, a past-pupil of Saint Brendan’s College finished filming 300 in Montreal on Wednesday of last week and flew back for a brief stop-over at his London base. He flew to Brussels last Saturday to take up the lead role of Esme in the film, Angel, which is directed by Francois Ozon.

The film, 300, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, is due for release in March, 2007. The legendary tale shows how the Spartans faced impossible odds to inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy.

Miller also wrote Sin City, a graphic novel that became a hit film last year with Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke, as well as a couple of Dark Knight novels that influenced the resurgence of interest in Batman in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Born in Germany but raised in Killarney, Michael Fassbender has been steadily building up his acting career. The 6ft tall actor plays Azazeal in Sky One’s supernatural drama, Hex.
He starred in the January 2004, Guinness ad called The Quarrel, in which his character swims all the way to New York from Ireland, to apologise to his best friend.

He played Guy Fawkes in a BBC drama, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot, as well as guest starring in BBC crime drama Murphy’s Law and ITV 1’s William and Mary, as well as mini series Band of Brothers and A Bear named Winnie

Michael’s interest in drama was sparked first day by local actor, Donie Courtney from Ardshanavooley Estate.

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