Michael Fassbender likes to take big swings. It doesn’t matter if it’s a commercial risk like “Assassin’s Creed,” the $125-million video game adaptation he produced and starred in or a creative gamble like “Trespass Against Us,” an indie drama (opening in theaters on Friday) about a family of criminals that’s thick with British accents and slang. “The main thing for me is giving everything I can to a project and learning as much as I can from it,” Mr. Fassbender said in a telephone interview from South Africa. “That’s always been my philosophy.”
Mr. Fassbender talked about balancing studio tent poles like the coming sci-fi sequel “Alien: Covenant” with low-budget fare, as well as the recent commercial disappointments of “Assassin’s Creed” and “The Light Between Oceans,” a literary adaptation that sank at the Labor Day box office and grossed only $12.5 million in the United States. These are edited excerpts from that conversation.
I’ve watched “Trespass Against Us” twice.
Is that because you couldn’t understand the dialogue? [Laughs]
It’s true, I could’ve used subtitles a few times. What made you want to do this movie?
When I read the script, there was something very fresh about it. There was an energy to the writing. I loved the story of this traveling family and the way they live parallel to the settled community, but there’s very little harmony between the two communities. And you’ve got this family story at the core — a father-son relationship from Brendan Gleeson to my character and from my character to Georgie Smith, who plays my son. It’s about how my character wants something different for his son, and the struggle of breaking away from the old tradition to move with the times. Read More