Michael Fassbender became a roly-poly, tumbling pro for <em>Assassin's Creed</em>

Michael Fassbender. (Photo: AP)
Michael Fassbender. (Photo: AP)

Los Angeles - Michael Fassbender learned Parkour for his role in Assassin's Creed.

The 38-year-old star plays the protagonist Callum Lynch in the silver screen adaptation of the popular video game series, and has been practicing his athletic skills including running, jumping, and climbing for the part of the trained killer.

The Irish heartthrob joked: "I've learned how to roly-poly, tumble turn. Stuff you can do in everyday life. Like cartwheels. No - just basic fight choreography stuff. I did some horse stuff today. So stuff like that ... A lot of the stuff in the game is Parkour. Blades attached to his wrists. It's about getting in close to the target, close quarters fighting."

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Despite the physical effort required to portray the character, Michael has also enjoyed getting to experience the action-adventure video games, which he had never played before.

Michael told Entertainment Weekly: "I've played it since being offered the job mainly to get an idea of the physicality of the character.

"The fans are really passionate: very specific and they expect accuracy and historical detail. We're really trying to capitalize and feed on and enjoy the fun element. We're working hard to make this something special."