Assassin’s Creed exclusive: Michael Fassbender talks Callum Lynch

Michael Fassbender

by John Nugent |
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The new issue of Empire hopped onto shelves up and down the land this week. Among its many treasures? A full ten pages of coverage on the much-anticipated Assassin's Creed movie, the film hoping to break the Great Video Game Movie Adaptation curse. We managed to snag an exclusive image from the film, featuring the film's star, Michael Fassbender.

Fassbender plays a new character, Callum Lynch, who he describes as an anti-hero of sorts. "It's not like Star Wars, where you've got the light side and the dark side," Fassbender tells us. "This is very ambiguous morally. Both of these parties – the Templars and the Assassins – are hypocritical at certain points. There are not clear-cut good and bad charaacters. I think it's a little more provocative for an audience to see that. You know, 'Should I be feeling that? Should I be backing this character?' That's always fun."

Fassbender also related to the concept of DNA memory that the film explores, claiming that he has an interesting ancestor of his own: Irish revolutionary and politician Michael Collins. "Well, that's what my grandfather maintained. My mother says, 'You have to stop telling people!' because I don't think there's actually any proof..."

For much more on Assassin's Creed, including an extensive interview with Fassbender and word from his director Justin Kurzel, pick up a copy of the latest issue of Empire, on sale now. Or subscribe to Empire and get exclusive covers delivered early every month.

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