Oh my God, Michael Fassbender has a penis! Whoever would have thought it? The fact the actor’s little man makes a more than fleeting appearance in the Shame has received so much attention, you’d have thought everyone has assumed he was a Ken-doll down there before he proved otherwise. It’s a pattern that’s repeated over and over, as if an actress gets naked it’s either barely mentioned or letched over, while male actors gets epithets like ‘brave’ and ‘bold’ thrown around. That’s not Fassbender’s fault, as he’s just doing his job and doing it well (and I’m sure there are some who’ll more than welcome little Fassbender’s appearance in the movie), but it would be nice if we could treat male and female genitals equally! [Read more…]
Michael Fassbender has garnered an awful lot of praise for his performance as a sex addict in Shame (out in the UK on January 13th). While the character is largely heterosexual, at one point he ends up in gay bathhouse, a situation Fassbender recently addressed in an interview with Time Out Chicago.
After being asked whether the slightly ominous scene was equating the character having gay sex with his descent into depravity, Fassbender said, “It doesn’t become about homosexuality or heterosexuality, it becomes about a fix, and where can I get my fix? That is a real scenario for many addicts that are predominantly heterosexual and they end up with a guy. You put yourself into a scenario that you wouldn’t do in a normal situation because your choice is gone.”
Fassbender also noted that he’d done a lot of research in sex addiction and was grateful to “one man in particular, his honesty gave me great insight into the gravity of the situation. When you’re imprisoned by these compulsions, what makes it different to the other addictions, it’s part and parcel of us. Alcohol is an extremity you’re adding into your life. But sex is something that most of us do. It’s a very strong primal instinct.”
While there’s been a lot of Oscar buzz over Fassbender’s performance, many believe he’ll miss out not because he doesn’t deserve it, but because the sexually frank themes and nature of Shame (along with its liberal inclusion of Michael Fassbender’s penis) are distasteful to the Academy’s old guard, who still hold a lot of sway over the awards. We’ll have to wait and see if that turns out to be true.
Shame has attracted huge amounts of praise, and despite an NC-17 rating – often seen as a kiss of death at the box office in the US – has got off to a strong start in America, with many tipping Michael Fassbender for an Oscar. It reaches the UK on January 13th, but before then it’s worth taking a look at this featurette, which sees director Steve McQueen talking about the movie.
Shame has certainly got a lot of buzz surrounding it, both from enthusastic film festival audiences and from the fact its US distributor has taken the unusual step of embracing the movie’s NC-17 rating (due to sexual content), rather than trying to cut it or release it unrated. In the movie Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon’s insular life spirals out of control. It’ll be in UK cinemas January 12th, but take a look at the new trailer.
Steve McQueen’s Shame is causing a bit of a fuss in the US at the moment, as it’s just been given the rarely used adult rating NC-17 (meaning nobody under 17 can watch the film). Normally if that happens – which is nearly always due to sexual content – the distributor decides to release it without a rating, but apparently Fox Searchlight is embracing the rating in the hope it can change attitudes to it (currently it’s treated as if the film must be pornographic, many cinemas won’t even think about screening it and some newspapers won’t ever take ads for NC-17 rated movies).
However while Shame if proving controversial despite much praise on the festival circuit, McQueen is busy putting his follow-up together, 12 Years A Slave. Now Screen Daily reports that the film is getting an a-list star in the form of Brad Pitt, who’ll join Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejifor.
There’s no news on who Pitt will play. Indeed the only role we do now is Ejiofor’s who’ll be Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man in the mid-19th Century who was kidnapped in Washington and sold into slavery. He was rescued from a Louisiana cotton plantation in 1853. The movie, which is based on a true story, could be fascinating, especially as McQueen is proving one of the most interesting directors around.
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You’d have thought that Steve McQueen might have wanted to leave Michael Fassbender out of 12 Years A Slave, just so he could find out whether he could actually make a movie without him. However Variety reports that after Fassbender appeared in both of McQueen’s first two films (Hunger and Shame), he’ll also now be in his third, although we don’t know what role he’ll play.
The project is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man in the mid-19th Century who was kidnapped in Washington and sold into slavery. He was rescued from a Louisiana cotton plantation in 1853.
McQueen is directing 12 Years a Slave from a screenplay he co-wrote with John Ridley. Production is scheduled to begin early next year on 12 Years a Slave.
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