EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J.—The Irish actor Michael Fassbender is one charming and cool dude. He's a damn fine actor, too, based on the performances of his I've seen: in Hunger (2008), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and now Fish Tank (2009), the latter of which will begin a run at the IFC Center on Friday. I did a one-on-one interview with the man on Friday, and some of the results of that interview can be seen in my latest contribution to The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog here. Fun times!
As for Fish Tank itself...well...the only comment I'll make is this: If you thought seeing the main character of Tony Manero (2008) shitting all over someone's suit was edgy, incisive stuff, then maybe you'll enjoy seeing a young girl angrily pissing on someone's carpet in Fish Tank. Other than that, I will defer further comments on British director Andrea Arnold's second feature to Keith Uhlich at Time Out New York and Armond White at the New York Press.
But Michael Fassbender is still one charming and cool dude, and a damn fine actor, too.