Born in Germany, raised in Ireland and based in England, Fassbender has taken the world of cinema by storm. His beginnings are in British television before he jumped to film with a small participation in Zack Snyder’s ‘300’. Soon he would participate in François Ozon ‘Angel’ and his most memorable role in Steve McQueen’s ‘Hunger’, which inaugurated film collaboration with the British filmmaker that has spanned three films so far and has given him some of his most influential performances to date in less than ten years.
Quentin Tarantino, who, as Woody Allen, has a great eye for new actors in the right roles, brought him in for his ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and soon Fassbender became a sensation in the film circles.
In 2011 his performance in ‘Shame’ as a sex addict became the talk of the town and he found himself in every list of best performances, garnering nominations everywhere (including a Golden Globe) but failing to be nominated for the Oscars, which left critics scratching their heads.
His poise and extraordinary capacity as an actor is evident in the wide variety of roles he has chosen, from Erik Lensherr in ‘X-Men: First Class, to MI6 agent in ‘Haywire’ (which opens his prospects to become the next Bond once Daniel Craig’s contract expires), to his psychopathic Irishman in ‘Jonah Hex’ and several period pieces in which he seems to fit incredibly well as a leading man.
For his portrayal of a plantation owner who terrorizes his slaves in '12 Years A Slave', Fassbender has found himself nominated to the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the first time and he seems to be the front runner to earn this recognition.
It is almost impossible for an actor to be noted in a 10-best performances list in such a short career, but take a look at this collection of performances that are all deserving of accolades and respect.