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How Urinal Graffiti Helped Michael Fassbender With His First Successful Drama School Audition

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While Michael Fassbender says he doesn’t believe in divine intervention, sometimes certain coincidences are just too hard to ignore.

“I had already been turned down by two drama schools,” the X-Men: Days of Future Past actor, 38, tells The New York Times Style Magazine, setting up the story of how he got his first big break.

At 19-years-old, Fassbender made his third attempt auditioning for the Drama Centre in London. He planned on reciting a monologue from Othello, and despite practicing the part hundreds of times, he still felt nervous.

“I went to the urinal, and as I was pissing, I saw that someone had written, ‘Hi, Cookie!’ on the wall,” Fassbender remembers.

“Those words were staring at me, as I stood there. I had just finished playing the Cook in a production of Mother Courage, and I had done it with a Scottish accent.”

Sensing something prophetic in the doodle, Fassbender says he reasoned, “Cook; cookie: ‘I ll do the Iago monologue in a Scottish accent … Even though that wasn t how I had prepared it.'”

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After finishing the audition, when asked why he’d chosen that accent, he answered that he was trying to bring some mischievousness to the piece. And it worked.

“I’m not saying what I saw was a sign or anything,” Fassbender adds. “But maybe I did sort of take it that way, and that helped me.”

The Irish-raised actor is donning a Scottish brogue once again, this time in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, hitting theaters in the U.S. on Dec. 4.