5 Things You Don't Know About Michael Fassbender

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He wasn't a bit shy about baring ALL when he went full frontal in the sexually-charged 2011 drama Shame and in his upcoming crime thriller The Counselor, he shares some steamy scenes with sexy co-star Penelope Cruz. Here are five things you may not know about Michael Fassbender.

1. Born April 2, 1977 in Heidelberg, Germany - his background is German and Irish. Speaking about his heritage, he told an interviewer: "It's totally schizophrenic isn't it? Irish and German is such an odd mix. It's discipline and something else, isn't it?"

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2. Engaged in an extreme crash diet during which he shed 31 lbs. to reach 130 for his role in the 2008 film Hunger.

3. Appeared in the 2003 music video Blind Pilots by British rock band The Cooper Temple Clause.

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4. Was raised a staunch Catholic and served as an altar boy.

5. His first major acting project was playing a soldier in the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg miniseries Band of Brothers.

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