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Actor Michael Fassbender aka Magneto is A Metalhead

Favorite bands include Metallica, Slayer, Sepultura and…duh… Iron Maiden.

Favorite bands include Metallica, Slayer, Sepultura and…duh… Iron Maiden.

I love when actors out themselves as metalheads. Actor Chris Hemsworth, aka THOR, is a metalhead. Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter is a metalhead. Rihanna may or may not be a metalhead.

But, actor Michael Fassbender, who most recently played a young Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past, is most certainly a metalhead in truest sense of the term.

Fassbender was a guest DJ on California’s free form KCRW yesterday and played Metallica's "Master of Puppets." When quizzed on his metal prowess, Fassbender offered this:

Michael Fassbender: Okay, well, we’re sort of into teenage years now and Metallica was a big influence on me.

Travis Holcombe: I mean, would you consider yourself a bit of a metal head growing up then?

MF: Yeah, I mean, at the time when I was growing up, music kind of defined your group, you know.

Nowadays, people just listen to everything, it’s great, but back when I was at school, high school, you were a goth or you were into grunge or you were into punk or you were into metal and that kind of defined your style — in what you wore and the groups you hang out with.

I think in places, you know, growing up in the countryside, I think music is a very big deal for teenagers and especially in places away from cities. It’s kind of the one outlet you can get. There’s not a lot of options other than, you know, fields and mountains which are beautiful and great, but in terms of any action it was found through some sort of music. So yeah, heavy metal was big.

I found this other quote from an appearance he made on The Tonight Show, where Fassbender said his dream as a teenager was to be in a band:

"I wanted to be a musician, I was into heavy metal, I wanted to be a lead guitarist in a heavy metal band. (I loved) Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer…

"There was just one other guy (in my band) and he played guitar also. It's always hard to find a drummer and a bass player in a small town, we couldn't find the back-up so we just went out as we were.

"We only played one gig. It was a little pub, it was lunchtime trade and there was middle-aged people and we were trying to play Metallica and they kept telling us to turn it down."

In a recent VH1 feature, it was noted his favorite bands were Metallica, Sepultura and anything off Slayer's Reign in Blood. It sounds like he'd fit right in with you Metal Injection junkies.

[via MetalSucks // Thank for the tip Sean G.]


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