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Fassbender sizzles in Jane Eyre

Michael Fassbender has said he interpreted his character in Jane Eyre as "very bipolar".

The Hunger actor plays brooding Mr Rochester in the new film adaptation, which stars Mia Wasikowska in the title role.

"I started reading, I was like 'God for me he comes across as very bipolar,'" Michael said.

"He can be so distant and sort of closed off and isolated really, even in a room full of people, and then he could be so connected and so sort of emotionally excitable, I thought that was something that could be played with."

The X-Men: First Class star has just attended the Venice Film Festival, where he was promoting Shame - Steve McQueen's hugely anticipated follow to Hunger - and Steven Soderbergh's A Dangerous Method, in which he stars as Carl Jung alongside Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley.

Michael has also had a busy summer in the Scottish highlands filming Ridley Scott's science fiction epic Prometheus.

Until now, the most famous Jane Eyre was the 1943 film starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine, but American director Cary Fukunaga's latest version may challenge that status, opening to widespread critical acclaim.

Michael gave the credit to Fukunaga, whose last film, Sin Nombre, about Central American immigrants trying to reach the US won the 2009 directing and cinematography awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

"Cary is someone that is really talented in terms of telling a story visually first and foremost," he said. "His framing is exceptional."

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