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Friday 9 December 2016

I was daunted by Macbeth but the whisky was great, reveals Michael Fassbender

Cast members Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film
Cast members Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Macbeth" in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes
Cast members Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, director Justin Kurzel pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Macbeth" in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes
Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender attend the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Energy Station at Monte Carlo on May 24, 2015 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Irish actor Michael Fassbender has said that the best and worst parts of filming Macbeth in the Scottish highlands was "whisky and whisky".

He made the remarks during a glitzy red carpet premiere at the Cannes Film Festival where he admitted he was "daunted" about taking on the iconic role.

The most recent adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays is directed by Justin Kurzel and also stars Marion Cottiliard and Jack Reynor (23).

Fassbender revealed the cast were apprehensive before filming.

"We were all afraid," he said. "Me at the thought of playing a Shakespearian hero, Marion at tackling the English verses, and Justin because it was his first big feature film. The tension that created actually helped the shoot."

The 38-year-old said the experience has inspired him to think about appearing on stage in the future.

"I don't feel I have to do Shakespeare or anything just because I'm an actor but he's inherent in our culture and I just felt privileged at the thought of getting asked to do it," he said.

complexity

"His language and his complexity - that's why he survives, there are so many avenues of interpretation to go down.

"I think it might be time for me to do something on stage soon, in a few years perhaps, but that's not necessarily going to be Shakespeare.

"I would like to though. I know that so many teenagers are forced to do Shakespeare for their English exams, and Macbeth is always a big favourite.

"So that's almost why I decided to do it. I hope 15 or 16-year-olds are going to see it one day, and relate to Macbeth in a way they hadn't before, and see him and his wife as real people," he told the BBC.

Jack Reynor's fiance Madeline Mulqueen (24) - wearing a red floral John Rocha dress - also mingled with Oscar winner Marion on the Cannes red carpet.

Elsewhere, Michael was spotted enjoying the sun with his girlfriend Alicia Vikander (26) at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The pair got together when they were filming drama, The Light Between Oceans last year.

They play a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise a baby they find adrift on a rowboat.

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