Michael Fassbender Channels Clint Eastwood in Slow West

Michael Fassbender channels his favourite cowboy Clint Eastwood in his performance in the newly released action western thriller Slow West, which was filmed in New Zealand’s South Island.

While filming in New Zealand Fassbender took up surfing.

“My first venture out was really abysmal. It was really cold and choppy. I spent about 45 minutes trying to paddle out, but I didn’t go down the right channel. Eventually I got spat out 500 meters down the beach”, said the actor about his first New Zealand surfing experience.

In Slow West, Fassbender “plays Silas, a laconic bounty hunter helping a Scottish teen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) track the girl he loves in 1870 Colorado”.

His character and performance is “reminiscent of Clint Eastwood’s character in the “Dollars” trilogy of spaghetti western films.”

“Obviously we had the little nod with the cigar. Well, ‘little’ — it’s quite a large nod,” he laughs. “Clint was always in the back of my mind”, said the German-born actor.

Article Source: New York Daily News, Philip Caulfield, May 10, 2015

Image Source: Hollywoodreporter.com

Tags: Clint Eastwood  Kodi-Smit McPhee  Michael Fassbender  New York Daily News  New Zealand  Slow West  

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Sydney-based artist Claus Stangl has taken out one of Australia’s top art honours with his portrait of Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi, The Guardian reports. Stangl won the packing room prize, a…