Assassin’s Creed star (not to mention star of X-Men: Apocalypse, Trespass Against Us, and The Light Between Oceans, and that’s just 2016) Michael Fassbender has racked up a whopping 29 films in the past 10 years, so it’s understandable he’s thinking it may be time for a break.
Understandable, yes. Other words that come to mind include “dismaying,” “upsetting,” and “distressing.”
He told Time Out London he plans to take some “downtime” to focus on getting better at surfing following his role as both actor and producer in the upcoming release of game-inspired Assassin’s Creed.
He may have a point (although it pains us to say it). As well as all the films he has out this year, he’s also recently starred in the Steve Jobs biopic, Steve McQueen‘s critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave and Shame, and the Quentin Tarantino war film Inglourious Basterds, not to mention his dual roles in the next installment in the Alien franchise due out in 2017.
Phew. That is a lot.
As he told the magazine: “It’s been pretty full-on. I had a ferocious appetite and energy for it, and I went at it like a maniac. But I’m going to take some downtime now. The last five years, I was verging on being a workaholic. I’ve just been going from film to film.”
Fair enough. But things get more worrying when he admits he’s considered giving up acting altogether:
“I can see it. I’m not ruling it out. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but a part of me thinks you have a time as an actor when you’re at your best. There’s a journey to it, and then it’s downhill.”
Really, Michael? We think comeback kings like John Travolta, Robert Downey Jr. and Matthew McConaughey would disagree.
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