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Assassin’s Creed director says working with Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson was ‘a real joy’

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Assassin’s Creed director Justin Kurzel has said that watching Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson work together was “a real joy”.

Brendan plays Michael’s father in the soon-to-be released video game adaptation, and the film’s director admitted that he was “pinching himself the whole time” as he couldn’t believe the 61-year-old was starring in one of his movies.

“It’s pretty amazing [to work with Gleeson and Fassbender], you’re pinching yourself the whole time,” Justin told RTÉ Entertainment.

Justin previously worked with Michael on Macbeth back in 2015, alongside Marion Cotillard.

“Maybe because I’d worked with Michael over a longer period of time but I’d kind of gotten used to his brilliance, but to see him work with Brendan – I’ve been a huge fan of Brendan’s, I kind of had to constantly pinch myself that he was in the film and he was playing Michael’s father, and the two of them had such a great camaraderie – it was a real joy to shoot that.”

The actors also play father and son in upcoming film Trespass Against Us, and Michael admitted that he’s been a fan of Brendan’s work for a long time.

“Brendan and I got on great on Trespass [Against Us] and I’ve been a fan of his since I saw him in Juno and the Paycock when I was 16, so it’s one of those nice moments in this job for sure when you get to do that.

“He was a massive influence. I remember taping The Treaty for my grandfather at the time and we both agreed he was the best representation of Michael Collins,” Michael said.

Assassin’s Creed is set for release on January 1, 2017.