(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Fassbender is one of the stars of the prequel X-Men: First Class, debuting Friday. He plays a younger incarnation of the villain Magneto, portrayed by Sir Ian McKellen in the first three X-Men films. Fassbender says X-Men: First Class director, Matthew Vaughn, didn't want him to channel McKellen as they shot the movie. He says, "At one point when I was first offered the job I thought OK, shall I go and study the man in terms of his nuances, his voice and then I was talking to Matthew in the first meeting and he wasn't so keen on going down that route."
Fassbender feels he's a good fit for a superhero movie because as a child, he believed he had Superman-like powers. He says, "I would hear this little ringing noise in my ear at night. I remember when I was in lying in bed and I was like that's a calling for me to go to the garage and find, y'know, kryptonite or whatever. I had the Superman outfit and I wanted to take it to the swimming pool and practice my flying but my parents wouldn't really let me."
According to Us Weekly, Fassbender is dating one of his X-Men co-stars, Zoe Kravitz, who plays Angel.
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