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Jack Reynor Talks Transformers, Fassbender, and Not Wanting To Become an Action Star

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Many actors seem to have everything on their paths to stardom predetermined, but Reynor says that success, for him, isn't about trying to figure everything out. "It's about going with the flow of whatever's happening. Being an actor is incredibly important to me, but being a movie star isn't quite so much." Despite the high profile of his latest project, he jokes that he doesn't want to be the guy with a million fans like One Direction. "I wanted to do Transformers because it was an opportunity to do a blockbuster and something I'd never experienced before," he says. "I want to do more films like Macbeth, What Richard Did, and Glassland."

Reynor co-stars in Macbeth alongside Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, and the actor had plenty to say about working with the two. "I grew up watching all of Marion's movies. The first one I saw her in was Taxi, and I thought 'Jesus, she is the most beautiful woman in the world.' She's such a radiant woman and she's really inspirational, for want of a better word cause that sounds so wanky," he laughs. But it's really Fassbender who prepared him for his role in Transformers, before he even started shooting.

"Michael is certainly my favorite actor living today and he's a good friend. We see each other and have pints from time to time, but he's full of great advice for me. He told me that I needed to be aware that it's a long journey to shoot a Hollywood blockbuster, and that it's on a very different scale than anything I'd ever done before. Michael was the only person who said I was going to find it difficult, but that it was going to be rewarding and have a great product at the end."

One would expect Fassbender to have talked to him about working with all the special effects that come with a big-budget feature, but that's when Reynor revealed a surprising detail about director Michael Bay's technique: "There isn't as much green screen as you'd think there was. One of the great things about how Michael Bay makes a film is that anything he can do as a practical effect, he'll do instead of CGI. He shoots them so dynamically, and this practical way of making these action set pieces is a unique opportunity."

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Juan Antonio Barquin is a Miami-based writer who programs the queer film series Flaming Classics and serves as co-editor of Dim the House Lights. Barquin aspires to be Bridget Jones.