Michael Fassbender says he always thought of “The Matrix” when approaching the Assassin’s Creed film.
In the Assassin’s Creed games, players relive the lives of their ancestors in order to unearth secrets of the past with the use of a simulator called the Animus (later Helix). It works pretty much the same as the way the rebels plug themselves into the simulated reality called The Matrix in the 1999 sci-fi blockbuster. So, in a way, Assassin’s Creed is inspired by The Matrix. However, Fassbender is hoping the movie would be able to bring simulated reality to a higher plane.
“I’ve always thought about The Matrix when we’ve approached this,” Fassbender shares to Empire. “This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you’re on board in a different way.”
In the upcoming film based on the game series of the same name, Callum Lynch is made to relive the memories of his Spanish ancestor Aguillar from the 15th century. Both Lynch and Aguillar are portrayed by Fassbender.
He is also proud to say that the stunts were not of the digital kind and brings into attention a certain stunt performer did a “Leap of Faith.” Fans of the game are familiar with this acrobatic move where the assassin dives from a very tall structure and into a haystack, which acts as a cushioning material, unharmed.
“There’s very little green screen in this, which is highly unusual in these films,” Fassbender shares. “We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in [Maltese capital] Valletta. We’ve got [stunt man Damian Walters] doing a 120-foot leap of faith, without any rope, into a bag, so it’s pretty incredible to see.”
The historical action movie is also inspired by “Blade Runner” and “Batman Begins” as mentioned in a post made by GameSpot. It is expected to hit theatres on December 21.