Pitt reunited with the Australian film-maker last year to play an underworld fixer in Cogan’s Trade. Also on the runway are zombie tale World War Z and a smaller role in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave. “McQueen is the real deal,” he says. “And Fassbender is as good as it gets.” We discuss Fassbender’s prolific workrate and Pitt remarks, “Yeah, it’s like he’s working in the porn industry. He should be, by the way.
He is keen at this stage to say yes to as many different genres as possible. Haywire, a Steven Soderbergh film, is a sort of sub-James Bond caper with Ewan McGregor in the lead and in which Fassbender plays a minor role, notable for the fact he gets beaten to death in a hotel room by a woman (Gina Carano). Soderbergh asked in advance if he was OK with this, both in terms of his ego and also the fact that he has to fight back and be seen punching a woman in the face. He was fine with it, he says, not least because Carano turned out to be twice the man Fassbender is. “She beat the shit out of me anyway. There were no body doubles and Gina was like, ‘Drive me into the television harder.’ I was like, ‘You know, we’re acting here, Gina, we’re not in the ring. Let’s establish that before it’s your turn to start hitting me.’
Ahhh … my crush is justified ;-)