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Michael Fassbender's Jonah Hex Surprise

Published July 30, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros
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All the Comic Con hype for Jonah Hex is on Josh Brolin and Megan Fox. Their costar Micahel Fassbender still joined them, even though he didn’t get any autograph requests or marriage proposals.

Michel Fassbender on Jonah Hex

“I play John Malkovich's right-hand man, Burke,” Fassbender told the press. “I guess he's sort of just like a child in a candy store because he has this environment where he can basically do whatever he wants, which mainly is killing and creating mayhem. I think he’s a mercenary. He’s pretty self-centered in terms of he’ll do anything that he thinks will propel himself forward. He doesn't have a cause that he's fighting for, and he's pretty twisted,”

Fassbender’s costars sang his praises too. “What Michael has done, I love that nobody really knows,” said Josh Brolin. “It’s like, ‘Ladies and gentleman, please come for a signing with Megan Fox and Josh Brolin, [whispers] Michael Fassbender,’ Nobody knows Michael yet. It's hilarious because we know and we know what you don't know yet. I don't know if anybody saw Hunger, it’s this very little film that not a lot of people saw, he's in Inglourious Basterds and it's not about the f*cking resume per se, but it's about what he did with the role. The role was not fleshed out in the writing and what he brought to the role, this idea that he talks about of A Clockwork Orange, you see it in the teaser and to me it's the greatest moment of the teaser. This is more obvious. You see the head come up and me and Jonah and the Megan, everybody goes wow. Then you have the silence in the middle of the teaser with Michael's character spinning his hat and total silence and him just whistling and pointing that thing. Everybody reacted to that great character moment, I think it will be a resounding character for everyone for sure.”

Producer Andrew Lazar also touted how Fassbender complements Malkovich. “It was also because Malkovich’s character, Turnbull, is so rooted in the Civil War. Jonah has a backstory that’s related. So the idea of having someone that was Irish, that actually wasn’t invested in anything, that these two guys were that juxtaposition was really exciting for us, somebody that didn’t care. They weren’t rooted in this heavy backstory because they were just out for themselves.”

Director Jimmy Hayward also joined in, “He brought a detailed and humorous sensibility to a character that could’ve been simple and flat. It’s in the details.”

Then when it got too kiss uppy, Brolin brought it back down to reality. “Then I had a friend of mine that saw some dailies, didn't feel Michael did a very good Irish accent and he's from Ireland, which I love,” Brolin said.

Jonah Hex opens to theaters on August 6th, 2010.

For the poster and more movie info, go to the Jonah Hex Movie Page.
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