Oscar nominated Irish actor Michael Fassbender lost so much weight while filming ‘Steve Jobs’ in 2015 that his co-star Kate Winslet felt she needed to take care of him.
The pair worked together on the film which has received several Oscar nominations – including acting nominations for both Fassbender and Winslet.
The two stars got on really well during the filming, but Winslet has admitted to being a ‘mother hen’ on set, and was particularly concerned that Fassbender was so focused on work that he was forgetting to eat.
Winslet told People Magazine: “I actually felt as though I had to look after him a little because he was so immersed and focused on the role that I would sort of watch him getting thinner and thinner.
“It was sort of a stress thing with him. I would keep trying to push chips in the way and try to arrange weekends away for him to go and relax and eat steaks.”
Fassbender received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Apple founder Steve Jobs. He has received several award nominations including the big one – best actor at the Oscars.
He was full of praise for Winslet. He said: “She’s a class act. I love her. She’s so much fun. She’s brilliant. But both of us have similar styles in terms of preparing and work. We prepare a lot, then on the day we have fun with it.
“She’s very generous and also a leader. She’s one of those born leaders always making sure all the time that everyone is doing well and getting enough rest.”
Meanwhile, Winslet – who had previously won an Oscar for her performance in The Reader – won a BAFTA for her role of Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs. She had an inspiring message for her fans.
When collecting her award she recalled her school drama teacher telling her that she would only ever be given ‘fat girl roles’ when she was 14.
She said: “Any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, by a friend, by even a parents, just don’t listen to any of it. Because that’s what I did – I kept on going and I overcame my fears and got over my insecurities.”