Michael Fassbender

  • Aired:  10/09/13
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Michael Fassbender explains why he couldn't practice method acting for his role in "12 Years a Slave." (6:24)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

OUR NEXT GUEST ONE OF OURFAVORITES TWO FILMS COMING OUT

THE COUNSELOR AND THE NEXTONE CALLED "12 YEARS A

SLAVE." >> I BROUGHT HEREBACK JUST LIKE YOU --

>> AH.

>> I GOT IT.

JUST DISTRACT.

>> RIGHT THERE.

STAY AWAY FROM IT, BOY.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: THAT'S THE LIGHTEST

MOMENT IN IT, I PROMISE YOU.

IT'S A ROUGH MOVIE.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THEPROGRAM MICHAEL FASSBENDER.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

>> Jon: I WANT TO TELL YOU.

I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN ON THEPROGRAM BEFORE.

YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN DELIGHTFUL.

YOU ARE IN THIS MOVIE ATERRIBLE, TERRIBLE PERSON.

>> I KNOW.

I KNOW.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> Jon: YOU -- I'M WATCHING

THIS MOVIE AND I'M THINKING NO,DON'T MAKE HIM DO -- OH.

BUT HE'S NO NICE.

>> IN LOUISIANA, THEY ACTUALLYIF YOU'RE MISBEHAVING OR OUT

OF LINE, THEY SAYDON'T BE AN EPPS.

THIS GUY'S NAME IS STILLSYNONYMOUS WITH BEING A BIT OF A

PRICK.

>> Jon: REALLY?

IT GOT INTO THE VERNACULAR.

IT'S AN ACTUAL MEMOIR WRITTEN BYA MAN WHO IS FREE.

>> SALOMON NORTHROP A FREE MANIN NEW YORK WHO GOT TRICKED BY A

COUPLE OF CHARACTERS THINKING HEWAS GOING TO MAKE MONEY AND THEY

DRUGGED HIM AND ENDED UP WAKINGUP IN CHAINS AND SHIPPED

DOWN TO THE SOUTH AND SPENT 12YEARS IN SLAVERY.

>> Jon: AND IT IS NOT INANYWAY WHAT YOU WOULD CONSIDER A

HOLLYWOOD REPRESENTATION. IT ISAA

STARK REALITY -- REPRESENTATION.

IT'S A STARK REALITY, DIFFICULTAT TIMES TO WATCH BUT INCREDIBLY

WELL DONE.

>> I REALLY THINK STEVE HAS MADEA MASTER WORK HERE.

>> Jon: STEVE McQUEEN, JUSTA PHENOMENAL FILMMAKER.

>> POWERFUL.

IT'S NOT PULLING ANY PUNCHES BUTIT'S NOT ALSO TRYING TO HYPE

ANYTHING UP.

IT IS AS IT WAS.

>> Jon: DO PEOPLE STAY AWAYFROM YOU ON SET?

I'M CURIOUS, SOME OF THE THINGSTHAT YOU HAVE TO DO ARE

OBVIOUSLY NOT ONLY PHYSICALLYDEMANDING.

>> I COULDN'T GO METHOD ON THIS>>ONE BECAUSE THE DIRECTOR ISIS

BLACK.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: I COULD SEE THAT THAT

WOULD BE DIFFICULT.

ARE THEY LIKE LET'S GO HAVE ANICED TEA?

>> SOMETIMES, YEAH.

WHEN YOU ARE DEALING WITH HEAVYMATERIAL IT'S NICE AND NECESSARY

TO HAVE LIGHT MOMENTS IN BETWEENSO IT DOESN'T BECOME ALL THE

TIME JUST SO SORT OF HEAVY ANDYOU KIND OF GET MAYBE A LITTLE

BIT SORT OF BLINKERED ON IT.

THE MOMENTS WHERE YOU CAN FINDRELIEF AND RESPITE YOU DO.

>> Jon: YOU HAVE READ THESCRIPT.

WHEN YOU ARE IN IT, WHEN YOUWATCH IT, DOES IT HAVE THE

POWER.

I WATCHED IT.

I MAY HAVE -- THERE MIGHT HAVEBEEN SOME ACRID DUST IN MY

OFFICE WHILE I WAS WATCHING ITWHICH CREATED A CERTAIN -- I

THINK AN AUTONOMIC RESPONSE.

>> THAT AND THE ONIONS.

>> Jon: THAT AND I WEAR A SUITOF ONIONS IN MY OFFICE.

IT'S INCREDIBLY POWERFUL ANDMOVING AT TIMES.

DO YOU LOSE THE ABILITY TO ENJOYIT AS A VIEWER HAVING BEEN A

PART OF IT.

DID IT STILL HAVE THE POWER TOYOU WHEN I WATCHED IT?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

THE FIRST TIME I GOT THE SCRIPTIT WAS ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, IN

TEARS AT THE END OF IT.

IT WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL STORYAND SUCH AN IMPORTANT ONE.

I REALLY WANTED TO BE PART OF ITAND TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITY

OF IT.

I SAW IT -- I'VE ONLY SEEN ITONCE AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

TELLURIDE IN COLORADO AT THEFILM FESTIVAL THERE. I WASHE

REALLY QUITE SPEECHLESS AT THEEND OF IT.

>> Jon: HOW DOES ANAUDIENCE -- IN AMERICA,

OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE NOT FROM THISCOUNTRY BUT OBVIOUSLY SLAVERY AS

MUCH AS WE HAVE OBVIOUSLY BEENTAUGHT THAT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

[ LAUGHTER ]AND THAT THE WAR WAS BASICALLY

JUST A COTTON PRICING ISSUE.

HOW DOES AN AMERICAN AUDIENCEWATCH IT BECAUSE IT IS AN

ABSOLUTELY MIRROR IN THE FACE OFA DARK TIME IN OUR HISTORY BUT

ONE THAT WE OURSELVES LIVED WITHFOR 100 YEARS.

WHAT IS AN AMERICAN AUDIENCE,HOW DO THEY RESPOND?

>> WELL, YOU KNOW LIKE HISTORYTEACHERS THAT, YOU KNOW WE'RE

ALL MADE OF THE SAME STUFF AND ITHINK IT'S A UNIVERSAL STORY.

YOU KNOW, SLAVERY WAS A PROBLEMNOT ONLY HERE BUT MIGHT HAVE

TAKEN A LITTLE BIT LONGER FOR ITTO BE ABOLISHED BUT SOMETHING

GOING ON IN THE UK AND BRITAINAND THE BELGIANS IN THE CONGO.

THIS IS A UNIVERSAL STORY.

AMERICA IS MADE UP OF LOTS OFDIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND THAT IS

WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL.

>> Jon: EXACTLY.

IT WASN'T OUR FAULT.

AS I WAS SAYING TO YOU --(bleep) BRITAIN.

>> THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOREVERYTHING.

>> Jon: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

[ LAUGHTER ]IT'S -- IT'S PHENOMENAL WORK.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> Jon: EXCELLENT.

I URGE PEOPLE TO GO CHECK IT OUTAS SOMEONE WHO IS WORKING ON

SOMETHING MYSELF, WHAT ATERRIBLE IDEA TO WATCH HOW GOOD

THIS IS.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING

YOURS.

WHEN IS IT -->> Jon: IT'S JUST AS GOOD.

IT'S OPEN IN SELECT CITIES ASWELL.

[ LAUGHTER ]"12 YEARS A SLAVE." MICHAEL

FASSBENDER.

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