Admittedly, I have a huge man-crush on actor Michael Fassbender. He charmed the shit out of me with his portrayal as Magneto in X-Men: First Class. He’s been consistently good in all his recent flicks too (The Dangerous Method, Shame). He’s a brilliant actor who’s got the “IT” factor, whatever “IT” is. So, now comes the question…would I like a shirtless Michael Fassbender? I’m comfortable enough with my sexuality to say that my eyes wouldn’t mind. What can I say, he’s a pretty man.
Where am I going with this? I don’t really know. I’m exercising poor homoerotic undertones as a set up for some super hero casting news. So let’s get on with it then, shall we? According to Screen Daily, Fassbender will be playing the character Sláine in a upcoming adaptation of the 200AD comic.
Sláine? 200AD? What? Do you not not your Irish lore? *clears throat* The character of Sláine from the 2000AD comic was based in part on Conan The Barbarian, but drew his most direct influences from the Celtic hero of legend Cú Chulainn.
So, Fassbender will be playing him in a movie produced by his own McCool Films. Fassynating! Seriously, an Irish actor, playing an Irish character based on an Irish legend? Sounds good to me.
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Cú Chulainn or Cúchulainn, Irish for “Culann’s Hound”, is an Irish mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, as well as in Scottish and Manx folklore. The son of the god Lug and Deichtine (sister of Conchobar mac Nessa), his childhood name was Sétanta. He gained his better-known name as a child after he killed Culann’s fierce guard-dog in self-defence, and offered to take its place until a replacement could be reared. At the age of seventeen he defended Ulster single-handedly against the armies of queen Medb of Connacht in the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge (“Cattle Raid of Cooley”). It was prophesied that his great deeds would give him everlasting fame, but that his life would be a short one. This is the reason why he is compared to the Greek hero Achilles. He is known for his terrifying battle frenzy or ríastrad, (translated by Thomas Kinsella as “warp spasm”, and by Ciaran Carson as “torque”) in which he becomes an unrecognisable monster who knows neither friend nor foe. He fights from his chariot, driven by his loyal charioteer Láeg, and drawn by his horses, Liath Macha and Dub Sainglend. In more modern times, Cú Chulainn is often referred to as the “Hound of Ulster”.
Source: Screen Daily