Michael Fassbender once played a satyr in a bizarre music video

Michael Fassbender has had an incredible career, he's starred in some of the biggest action movies ever, but he once played a satyr in a bizarre music video

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Michael Fassbender has had an incredible career. He’s starred in some of the biggest action movies ever, been nominated for not one but two Oscars, and even played the coolest X-Men character of them all, Magneto. Fassbender’s career wasn’t always so glamorous, though.

The X-Men movie star has a litany of credits to his name that the average film fan just wouldn’t know about. We don’t mean his stint on the British TV series Holby City; we mean the stuff he did straight out of drama school. The weird stuff. Like this music video for ‘Blind Pilots’ by The Cooper Temple Clause.

The video begins with a man (Fassbender) heading off on what appears to be his stag do, unaware that his fiancee has put a magical bell on his necklace. As the man parties and drinks, he slowly begins to transform into a satyr – a mythological goat creature associated with debauchery. Eventually, he fully transforms into the creature and engages in unabashed hedonism. As he parties in a strip club, though, the transformation continues, and he eventually becomes a goat. Odd right?

So how did Fassbender end up doing the video? Well, according to EW, it’s because he really liked the tune. “It was like 7 1/2 hours of work!” Fassbender explained. “It was quite a cool idea, and I thought it would be interesting to play a creature. I was, like, dancing on stilts, man. I was standing on these square crutches; it was hard to balance.”

Check out the video here:

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It probably helped that during the same interview, Fassbender admitted to having a lot of time on his hands when the video was made, that and his teenage dreams of being in a heavy metal band.

If satyrs are your thing, then check out our list of the best fantasy movies, or you may enjoy our guide to The Sandman season 2.