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Michael Fassbender is hooked on skydiving

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Jan 14, 2014 | 7:49am EST

Actor Michael Fassbender has become hooked on skydiving after taking part in his second jump. The 12 Years A Slave actor developed a taste for the extreme sport after his first freefall over Hawaii on New Year's Eve in 2011, and admits he is now addicted to the adrenaline rush after completing a second skydive. He tells Britain's GQ magazine, "Last time was in Hawaii, New Year's Eve. An incredible feeling. And that's the thing that blows my mind about human beings. Someone somewhere first had that idea. To jump out of a plane and free fall... "Of course, you have to pull the parachute and eventually and that's the bit that freaks me out. When you suddenly slow and you can see how high you are. You can see the curvature of the earth. Applying the brakes suddenly makes you more aware of your mortality. Before this, everything is just a rush of brown and greens as you scream towards the planet through space. Then the chute opens and you can see all the details. The cars. The trees. Houses. All of life is brought back into sharp focus. Suddenly reality appears a little too close somehow." Fassbender is also glad he discovered the daredevil hobby before he got too old to enjoy it, adding, "Wouldn't it be terrible to be on your deathbed and suddenly think, 'God, why didn't I do that?' Was it because I was worried about failing? Or what somebody else might think of me? We are all going to die eventually... Take the jump. What have you got to lose?"

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