"Let’s find out…"
We are officially mere days away from the US Premiere of X-Men: First Class and reviews, which have been overwhelmingly favorable, are EVERYWHERE, as are interviews with the cast. It seems that every movie site on the web has managed an "exclusive", not to mention high profile sit downs, either collectively with the likes of Matt Lauer on the "Today Show" or singularly as with James McAvoy on Letterman or January Jones on Leno. The promotion machine has been cranking overtime for this film. Let’s face it, there have been high hopes for Matthew Vaughn’s fourth film (yes that’s right, this is only his fourth film and every one that preceded it has been a gem) right from its announcement. It must be gratifying for all involved that there is so much positive buzz going in to next Friday, June 3rd’s release and that it’s not just the fanboys and comic book nerds who are salivating.
I do have to wonder if the two actors at the center of the film, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, really know what they’re in for and how much their lives are about to change. Both actors have recently talked about their lack of notoriety and the fact that they can walk down the street unnoticed. No sooner had they said that than paparazzi shots of McAvoy leaving his hotel in London turned up on the web.
And today, Just Jared posted pap shots of Michael Fassbender and his ‘girlfriend’ and XMFC castmate, Zoe Kravitz (well, she’s a girl and I’m willing to concede they are friends. Anything else…*la la la I cannnn’t heeearr youuuu.*) walking the streets of New York City. ‘So what?’ you say? Well, click on his name and all you get are promo shots from a movie or a movie premiere or a photo shoot. This is the first time he’s been "papped" just for being out living his life. I guarantee it will not be the last.
This film is going to be huge. If Fassbender thought his life would change by appearing in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, and I’m sure it did to some extent, since then he’s worked with directors like David Cronenberg and Steven Soderbergh and is currently working with Sir Ridley Scott, to name a few, but Inglourious Basterds was rated R and Tarantino is not everyone’s cuppa, and while he stole his scenes, Fassbender was only in three. This time around he’s truly one of the stars of a major summer tentpole film, rated PG-13 and directed by the man who gave us Stardust. Mom, Dad and the kids will be seeing this one.
There certainly is an upside to this impending notoriety: A Dangerous Method, in which Fassbender plays Carl Jung to Viggo Mortensen’s Sigmund Freud, still has no US release date, Soderbergh’s Haywire is listed on imdb.com vaguely as August 2011. I want very much to see these films. I’m hoping that huge numbers for XMFC and the spotlight that is only just beginning to find Michael Fassbender will spill over to these films as well. If I have to lose him to the masses, then I hope that it will mean people will seek out his back catalog and new viewers will watch and appreciate films like Fish Tank and Hunger, even Eden Lake, and that little known mini-series like "The Devil’s Whore" will get a full blown dvd release.
The downside is that he won’t be anonymous anymore. The masses will be aware of him and the masses must be appeased lest they grow bored and move on to the next big thing.
And so it begins…