‘Assassin’s Creed’ star Michael Fassbender has some interesting inspiration…
It’s no secret that ‘Assassin’s Creed’ isn’t a straight-forward period piece… nor is it your standard time travel movie. In fact, Michael Fassbender says that the film’s approach is far more like ‘The Matrix’ than anything else.
And that’s bound to please the fans.
During an interview with Empire Magazine, the 38-year-old ‘Assassin’s Creed’ star admitted that he’s used ‘The Matrix’ as inspiration for the upcoming video game adaptation.
“I’ve always thought about The Matrix when we’ve approached this,” he explained. “This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you’re on board in a different way.”
Of course, it’s easy to see why there might be some similarities…
‘Assassin’s Creed’ stars Michael Fassbender in dual roles – as 15th century swashbuckler Aguilar, as well as his modern-day, genetically-linked ancestor, Callum Lynch.
How are the two linked? It takes a bit of sci-fi wizardry to find out…
Much like the original video game series, it looks as though the modern day Callum Lynch will be forced into The Animus – a machine which allows the user to experience the lives of their ancestors via ‘genetic memory’.
But it’s not all high-concepts and sci-fi trickery – there’s plenty of action, too.
“We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in Valletta,” he said. “We’ve got [our stunt man] Damian Walters doing a 120-foot leap of faith, without any rope, into a bag, so it’s pretty incredible to see.”
Of course, video game fans will recognise the ‘leap of faith’ from the video game series – a move which allows the player to leap from tall buildings to relative safety… via a small hay bail.
And while there’s some green screen, there’s plenty of practical effects, too.
“We’re not trying to make it too crazy violent,” elaborates its star, “although obviously there is an element of that, but what is really cool is that our action sequences are on real sets and real locations.”
Will ‘Assassin’s Creed’ break the curse of video game movies? We’ll have to wait and see.
‘Assassin’s Creed’ heads to cinemas on 26 December 2016.
Picture Credit: 20th Century Fox.