The rising star of "Shame" and "A Dangerous Method" discusses his very big year
By Geoff Berkshire, Metromix
From summer blockbuster "X-Men: First Class" to arthouse hit "Jane Eyre" to a pivotal role in the Oscar nominated "Inglorious Basterds," Michael Fassbender has quickly emerged as one of the big screen's most in demand actors. That's a major change of fortune for an actor who only five years ago was primarily working in British TV and was barely noticed in a supporting role in "300."
Audiences have two good reasons to cheer Fassbender's higher profile thanks to a double dose of Oscar-baiting fall films: director Steve McQueen's sex addiction drama "Shame" and David Cronenberg's early days of psychoanalysis saga "A Dangerous Method."
Both roles require Fassbender to engage in unusually kinky action (and "Shame" includes much talked about full frontal nude scenes from the actor), but what's really striking is Fassbender's ability to lay himself bare emotionally as both a repressed psychotherapist and an out-of-control addict. Scroll through for some of Fassbender's thoughts on the films, his roles and his recent success.
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