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Michael Fassbender Didn’t Play the Video Games Before Signing on to ASSASSIN’S CREED

When the news broke out that Michael Fassbender wanted to star and produce a mega movie adaptation of Ubisoft’s most popular franchise to date, Assassin’s Creed, you’d think it was because he fell so in love while playing the games, right? You’d be so, so, way wrong.

“I hadn’t played [any Assassin’s Creed game] before [Ubisoft] approached me,” Fassbender tells Entertainment Weekly by phone. He’s currently filming the movie in Spain.

Now before you all get sores on your bums, take note that the award-winning, Irish-German thespian has played at least one game since his hiring.

I’ve played it since [being offered the job] 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.

For those of you just as uninitiated to the video games as Fassbender was before signing onto to play the role of Callum Lynch, a totally new character in the series, Assassin’s Creed is a historical fiction action game created by video game developer Ubisoft. The games primarily revolve around a never-ending conflict between two ancient societies that share a lineage that pre-date known human civilizations, the Assassins and the Knights Templar. The series as a whole delves into the realm of science fiction a bit. Modern-day members of either order have the ability to live through an ancestor’s genetic memory via a device commonly known as the Animus. I am aware of how complicated this is all starting to sound, but trust that Ubisoft has managed to pull it all together quite well.

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Where the Assassin’s Creed, the movie, is concerned:

[Callum] Lynch discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he’s poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day.

From the looks of it, Fassbender will be be playing both Callum and Aguilar. That means lots of stunts from the actor himself. “A lot of the stuff in the game is Parkour,” Fassbender explains. “Blades attached to his wrists. It’s about getting in close to the target, close quarters fighting…. 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.”

Assassin’s Creed is currently scheduled to eagle dive into a pile of hay next to theaters everywhere on December 21, 2016.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Christina Janke

Christina Janke

Host of "Intro to Geek" on Shauncastic.com. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Gail Simone, and hopes to be just like them when she grows up.

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