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Photos: Michael Fassbender Becomes a Star

From ‘Inglourious Basterds’ to ‘X-Men: First Class,’ how he’s become one of the most sought-after actors in film

Michael Fassbender

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After sneaking into France dressed as civilians to take down the Reich, the Basterds team with British soldier Archie Hicox (the suave, sensational Michael Fassbender), a film critic assigned by a British general who doesn't look like Mike Myers but is. 

Michael Fassbender

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‘Jane Eyre’ (2011)

Fassbender inhabits the glowering Rochester with erotic intensity and leavening wit, never letting the tight breeches and puffy shirts do his acting for him. Mia Wasikowska and Fassbender make a pair of ravishing romantics, giving the movie unexpected sizzle.

Michael Fassbender

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‘Shame’ (2011)

Fassbender as Brandon on the set of Shame, about a thirtysomething man in New York who can't control his sexual urges.

Michael Fassbender

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X-Men: First Class (2011)

James McAvoy as telepathic Professor X and Michael Fassbender as the metal-bending Magneto are both dynamite. They take roles created, respectively, by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen and give them an exuberant jolt of youth and flawed ambition.