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50 Best Michael Fassbender Quotes About Preparation, Work Ethic And Self Worth

One of the most admirable actors in Hollywood, Michael Fassbender is quickly becoming a legend in the industry with such hit movies as Prometheus, X-Men, Steve Jobs and 12 Years A Slave. His come up took years of development from prestigious schools to many failures and rejections. And Fassbender did not truly reach his dream stage until later than usual, but it was his hard work, resilience and self beliefs that ultimately enabled his success. Michael Fassbender is known for his intense preparation and attention to absolute details along with dissecting all angles of a character. From these 50 Michael Fassbender quotes below you will get a good idea of what it takes, the type of beliefs and the self worth needed to capture any big dream that's worth achieving.


1.) BELIEVE You Are Good Enough:

“My goal was for acting to become my main income. I would say to myself, 'I'm good enough.' That became my mantra.” - Michael Fassbender


“I'm always interested in trying to investigate different personalities. I want to keep myself guessing and keep the fear element alive, so that I don't get too comfortable.” - Michael Fassbender

3.) Magneto's Philosophy From X-Men:

“You want society to accept you; but you can’t even accept yourself.” - Michael Fassbender (Magneto)


“I love to go into a movie and have no idea what's going to happen in it.” - Michael Fassbender


“There's so much going on in the world. There's so much information being thrown at us - so many things are being sold to us, and we're being told how we should appear and how to be more successful, blah, blah, blah. How does that manifest itself? In the pressures, the stress, this need to escape.” - Michael Fassbender

6.) Get Out Of Your Comfort Levels:

“What I find really interesting is to try and mix it up, to push myself and try different things. I don't want to stay in my comfort zone. I want to take risks and keep myself scared.” - Michael Fassbender

7.) Failure And Rejection:

“I HAD ALREADY been turned down by two drama schools,” - Michael Fassbender


“If you're dealing with heavy topic matter, sometimes it's good to have a lightness going into it because it allows you to be open to possibilities, rather than getting rigidly stuck into a certain mind-set. People are strange. When you break up, sometimes you end up laughing with one another, as opposed to crying. Things in life are unusual, and to find those things, it's best to be relaxed.” - Michael Fassbender

9.) Admiring Steve Jobs:

“He was a visionary, i didn't know very much about the man before I started this project and yes - (I was) very inspired (by Jobs).” - Michael Fassbender


“There's no point thinking, 'Well, my life's certainly worked out, I've got all the answers.' It would be wrong for me to say that I don't get seduced by certain things. That things don't become tempting.” - Michael Fassbender


“I've always been more inclined to go out to work than carry on with academic studies.” - Michael Fassbender

12.) On Having A “Lucky Feeling” About 2007:

"Maybe because I was born in 1977, I know that sounds ridiculous. I’m not saying I knew things would work out. I just felt that I had a chance coming my way, and I wanted to be ready for it.’’ - Michael Fassbender


“Trying to identify and understand, as opposed to judging, is very important for me, in approaching characters.” - Michael Fassbender


“Somebody’s got to play the bad guy, and somebody’s got to play the bad guy humanly. I like the idea that we’re all capable of great things and terrible things. We shouldn’t keep them at arm’s length.” - Michael Fassbender

15.) Acknowledge Your Flaws:

“I’m aware of my weaknesses and THE BEAST WITHIN.” - Michael Fassbender

16.) We Are All A Little Crazy:

“Everyone's crazy anyway. And those who think they aren't, are the ones who are even crazier - because they're in denial.” - Michael Fassbender


“We did a lot of that in drama school: intellectualizing and maybe justifying your position. 'I am a thinking actor and I have thought this through' - well, just do it. I much prefer the doing aspect.” - Michael Fassbender

18.) When Asked About The Roles He Picks:

“I'm just following my gut instinct.” - Michael Fassbender


“X-Men" is not really about mutants; it's about humanity. I think it's about the human race. We're an absolutely destructive race. It seems that we can't seem to get beyond this level of tribalism that has been around for thousands of years. Anything we fear we tend to destroy.” - Michael Fassbender


“The arts are very alive in Ireland, so that had its influence on me.” - Michael Fassbender


“Why not provoke some thought and get people talking about things? I like characters that are flawed because we all are.” - Michael Fassbender

22.) Simplicity:

“I keep everything very simple. I like telling stories.” - Michael Fassbender

23.) What's The Worst That Can Happen?

"We feel a lot of pressure about looking silly or appearing weak, whatever that means, or being a failure. You have to keep in your head: what's the worst that can happen?” - Michael Fassbender


“I don't know what's going to happen. I'm flavor of the month at the moment, but somebody else is going to roll around the corner in three months' time. I just want to keep working. I can't stop!” - Michael Fassbender

25.) Fassbender's View On Addiction:

“For me, addiction comes down to basically where a pattern of behaviour has developed and that pattern of behaviour is becoming a very damaging cycle. It's sort of damaging your relationships, friends or lovers, it's damaging your own personal health and it's damaging for you and your workplace.” - Michael Fassbender

26.) Trust Your Instincts:

“I have ideas, but things should always be fluid. You should always be ready to follow an instinct. Something might reveal itself on the day.” - Michael Fassbender


“We all need a release valve, you know?” - Michael Fassbender


“Everything I put my name to and take part in, I want to be good. That's not saying it will always happen. But I want to make bold choices.” - Michael Fassbender

29.) On His Preparation For His Role In “Hunger":

"I felt really focused, really centred, really strong. Hungry all the time, obviously.” - Michael Fassbender


“We live in this society where nowadays if I want something, I take it, I eat it - it's so easy and readily available. When you take all that away, you actually become more appreciative of the things around you. I don't want to do it again, but there is a level where it humbles you in a good way.” - Michael Fassbender

31.) On His Role For Prometheus:

“We took inspiration from David Bowie and some of his looks as well. I liked the idea of having a feminine quality to him for sure.” - Michael Fassbender


“I take my work seriously but I can't take myself too seriously.” - Michael Fassbender


“If there's friends around, I'll cook. Or if I have a girlfriend. But on my own I kind of fell out of the habit of it, and it's a shame really because I know it's good for me. It's something quite therapeutic.” - Michael Fassbender

34.) A Fassbender Quote From Prometheus:

“Big things have small beginnings.”- Michael Fassbender


“I came to Los Angeles and did auditions for television. I made a terrible mess of most of them and I was quite intimidated. I felt very embarrassed and went back to London. I got British television jobs intermittently between the ages of 23 and 27, but it was very patchy.” - Michael Fassbender


"In high school, I had my first real part in this sketch play, ‘Fairy Tales, Fairy Tales, 1, 2, 3.’ I was one of the ugly stepsisters. I wore my sister’s prom dress. Even though it was a pantomime, I took it very, very seriously.’’- Michael Fassbender

37.) On His Great Ability To Prepare:

“Some actors might just do one thing, and another actor does another thing. I do an awful lot of preparation with the script, really. What I do is repeat the script, over and over and over again. Through that, it's almost like it seeps into my enamel. I'm reading all the characters, as well as my own. That is where the bulk of my preparation goes into.” - Michael Fassbender


“I believe that if you go and see a film you should have to sort of invest something yourself and you have to do a little bit of the work as an audience member, so when you leave the cinema you should be having those conversations either with yourself - if you're crazy like me- or with friends afterwards.” - Michael Fassbender


“I quite enjoy the lines on my forehead because they show my life. That’s my history and I like to see that in other people. Like this wrinkle is due to some girl who broke my heart. I don’t want to escape it in any way.” - Michael Fassbender

40.) Ambition For Acting As An Amateur:

“I didn't know this about myself, but when 'Pirates of the Caribbean' came out I realized that I didn't enjoy a huge amount of recognition. I didn't react to it well, but I think life is about finding out who you are and what you like. So I started doing independent movies and art-house films instead.” - Michael Fassbender


“As an audience member, those studio films are fun. I like an adventure tale, and I also like to go see something that has more of a social pulse. I like to keep learning and trying new things. And if the scripts are good, it doesn't really matter.” - Michael Fassbender

 42.) A Great Mantra:

“But you keep a realism, put AC/DC on, get over it, keep positive.” - Michael Fassbender


"Magneto has a whole lot of complexity to him. Emotionally, he's coming from a very damaged place. I like the ambivalence of it. I want the audience leaving the theater wondering, asking the questions themselves rather than being spoon-fed like a lot of these super-villain characters.” - Michael Fassbender

44.) On His Roots:

“I suppose the German side wants to keep everything in control, and the Irish side wants to wreak havoc.” - Michael Fassbender


“Well physically, I am attracted to darker women, I'm not gonna lie. To me I personally find them beautiful, but of course there's more to a person than what meets the eye. Everyone has their own uniqueness.” - Michael Fassbender

46.) Competitive Spirit:

“I'm fairly competitive.” - Michael Fassbender


“Innovation comes through restriction, and while on a big film you’ve got all the options in the world open to you, on a small film even getting it made is a hard thing. I love how fast you have to work – that pressure of having to get it right in one take or not at all.” - Michael Fassbender

48.) Be Proud Of Being Different:

“Scratch the surface of what's socially normal. I suppose in some way all of us have something we display to the public and things we feel too ashamed of or uncomfortable with to reveal to other people.” - Michael Fassbender


There's no point in swanning through and being cool as a breeze in every scene. It's not really that interesting. Even if you're a superhero.” - Michael Fassbender


“I think that idea of alienation, for whatever reason, is still very prevalent within our society and a lot of people deal with it - most people deal with it at some point in their life unless they're sort of the golden child. I think that's something that we all need to address.” - Michael Fassbender


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