Michael Fassbender explains why he took a break from acting

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Next Goal Wins star Michael Fassbender has revealed he took a four-year break from acting in order to pursue his "obsession" for motor racing.

Appearing on tonight's (November 24) edition of The Graham Norton Show alongside Jennifer Saunders, Back to Life star Daisy Haggard, comedian Phil Wang, and pop-group Take That, the actor explained why he felt such a close affinity for the sport.

"It's an obsession and feels so right as I have no affinity with any other sport. I am super addicted, and I want to go back and do Le Mans again – it was extraordinary," he explained to host Graham Norton.

Sharing his favourite part of the motor sport, Fassbender added: "It's not just about the speed, it is about getting into a place where you're not thinking of anything else. I love it."

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Fassbender's last film appearance before his hiatus was in 2019's X-Men: Dark Phoenix, before marking his return to acting this year in The Killer.

He will next be seen in Taika Waititi's Next Goal Wins alongside Elisabeth Moss and Oscar Kightley – set to premiere on December 26 in the UK.

Speaking about what led him to take the role in Waititi's sports-comedy film, which follows the real-life story of the American Samoa football team, he explained that he had felt inspired by the story.

"I loved the story and their positivity, tenacity, and resilience. They are inspiring," he said, adding that he prepared for his role as Thomas Rongen by googling "coaches losing it".

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Fassbender has also recently starred as the protagonist in action thriller movie The Killer, which landed on Netflix earlier this month.

Appearing alongside Charles Parnell, Tilda Swinton and Sophie Charlotte, the David Fincher-directed film follows an unnamed assassin who is chased by his former employers in an international manhunt.

The Graham Norton Show airs Friday nights at around 10.40pm on BBC One.

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