Michael Fassbender Talks Assassin’s Creed

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During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, actor Michael Fassbender discussed his upcoming role in the live-action Assassin’s Creed movie, based on the hit video game franchise.

Playing the video game for research: “I hadn’t played it before these guys approached me. I’ve played it since mainly to get an idea of the physicality of the character. We’re striving to find something special. We believe the whole concept around it is special and want to service that the best we can. The fans are really passionate: very specific and they expect accuracy and historical detail. We’re really trying to capitalize and feed on and enjoy the fun element. We’re working hard to make this something special.”

Fighting style of the Assassins: “A lot of the stuff in the game is Parkour. Blades attached to his wrists. It’s about getting in close to the target, close quarters fighting.”

Combat and stunts for the film: “I’ve learned how to roly poly, tumble turn. Stuff you can do in everyday life. Like cartwheels. No — just basic fight choreography stuff. I did some horse stuff today. So stuff like that.”

The film also stars Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Ariane Labed, Michael K. Williams and Brendan Gleeson. It is set to hit theaters December 21, 2016.