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Actor Michael Fassbender tells of "respect" for Bobby Sands

Michael Fassbender at the 2008 movie premier of 'Hunger'
Staff Reporter

AWARD-WINNING actor Michael Fassbender has spoken of his "respect" for IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands who he played in the film Hunger set in the Maze prison in 1981.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, the 38-year-old spoke about how he survived on just 600 calories a day to lose weight for the role of Bobby Sands in the 2008 movie.

The actor told Mr Marr: "Well I think you know anybody who has the commitment and courage to follow something like that through to hunger strike, you think that person is extraordinary.

"He was an extraordinary person. He was a leader - that’s very clear - and just again, somebody who takes leadership to almost a mythological level.

"I have a lot of respect for him. I think having sort of having had a minor insight into what it must have been like, I very much have respect for him," he added.

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