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Frisky: Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender

Frisky: Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender
July 18, 2012 MICHAEL KNUDSEN
Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender

Damn! Both Charlize Theron and (super cutie) Michael Fassbender look amazing on the cover of W‘s August 2012 issue! Read the new interview with W’s Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg.

Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender

Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender

Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender

Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender

In Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender play siblings of the future: Fassbender is a highly advanced robot named David, a kind of favorite son to the father of Theron’s character, ­Meredith Vickers. While Vickers overcompensates for her insecurities by being bossy, David is smooth and brilliantly manipulative. Their rivalry reveals each other’s central flaw—Vickers is too ­emotional and David too cerebral—but they share the goal of supremacy on their own terms. This essentially human conflict between the heart and the head underscores the larger themes of the film: science versus religion; reason versus emotion; the enticement of the unknown versus the evil that lurks within. Add a great many scary creatures that resemble a mash-up of male and female genitals and you have a grand existential battle amid all the sci-fi gore.

When not in character, though, Fassbender and Theron are anything but combative. Their friendship began at the rehearsals for Prometheus last year and grew during filming and throughout the awards season, when both were robbed by the Academy for their work in previous films: Fassbender’s haunting performance in Shame and Theron’s fascinating work in Young Adult were, apparently, too dark and complicated for the Oscars. “I would like to see a romantic comedy between those two characters,” Theron said at our shoot, which took place at an abandoned factory in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Although she was joking, Theron may be on to something—she and Fassbender have a natural chemistry that could make them the next great screen couple. They may not be romantically involved in real life, but they jab, they admire, they spark in ways that could seduce the world. READ MORE …

Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender

Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender

Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender

[PHOTOS | MARIO SORRENTI for W MAGAZINE]