Fassbender tries to ignore Oscar buzz

MICHAEL Fassbender is trying not to listen to all the people who are tipping him for an Academy Award for his amazing performance in “12 Years a Slave.”

Two years ago the Irishman, who plays a slave owner in the film, was similarly predicted to win the Oscar for his role as a sex addict in “Shame”.

But that ended up disappointingly and the Kerry man admits: “You listen to the Oscar noise because people are saying it often enough.”

Filmmaker Steve McQueen, who has directed Fassbender in three films: 2008’s “Hunger,” 2011’s “Shame” and this year’s “Slave” is in no danger of becoming a big head.

Says McQueen: “Michael speaks to the guy sweeping the street the same as he does to movie executives.

“He’s a humble person from a great family,” says  “He’s so far removed from the characters he plays. In terms of acting, the comparison I would make is to (Marlon) Brando.

“There’s a femininity to him and a gentleness and a masculinity that is not offensive or removed. He can draw people in to his characters.”

Explaining why he picks such unsympathetic roles, Fassbender, 36, says: “I’ve always tried to pick things that affected me.”

Of his character Edwin Epps in “12 Years a Slave”, he says: “Epps is horrendous, but he’s also kind of a victim.

“I use my gut feeling when picking a role. ‘Hunger’ totally changed everything for me.

“I was 30 years old and trying to get a lead role. It was very difficult. I was not on any list, and there is a list.”


1 Response to “Fassbender tries to ignore Oscar buzz”

  1. 1 Rosabel April 9, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    You are so awesome for helping me solve this mysytre.

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