Michael Fassbender feels no Shame in full frontal nudity

Getting slapped with a NC-17 rating in the movie business is serious stuff. If  your film gets hit with it, chances are theatres won’t show your film, (in the U.S. or Canada) which is what Irish actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class) is facing with his movie Shame. And he’s not happy about it.

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Shown at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Shame – directed by Steve McQueen – is a movie about a New Yorker named Brandon (Fassbender) who avoids serious relationships with women and is addicted to porn. But it’s not just the story of about a sex addict that has given this film a strong advisory rating, it’s because Fassbender appears completely nude in the film (full frontal) – something the Irish star is not embarrassed about in the slightest.

“What are the risks? If we look at it – how can it be risky for me?” Fassbender told the Huffington Post. “Then you start to go into sort of an area about worrying about your image, or whatever that is. I’m a storyteller and I’m supposed to facilitate stories, they’re not supposed to facilitate me. So that’s what it’s all about.”

“I got a real sort of insight into this difficulty that Brandon has with intimacy,” he explains. “It was exactly the same condition that this guy had, and you just realize, very quickly, how real this condition is and how it can tear lives apart. And it definitely made it clear to me that this is a real addiction, even though it hasn’t been recognized officially as one. And then, okay, you’ve got to respect this guy and you’ve got to do a good job, just alone for him. Most of us have sex, so I don’t understand what we’re trying to sweep under the carpet or repress or not take a look at it,” he says.

Shame also stars Carey Mulligan as Brandon’s sister who interrupts his privacy when she comes to stay with him indefinitely.

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  1. Tracy • November 17, 2011 @ 2:50 PM

    so it is ok to show full frontal of a woman in a movie, but not a man? geez homophobic much???? are the people who rate the movies afraid they might like what they see?

  2. Alexis • November 18, 2011 @ 9:41 AM

    Won’t play in US or Canada? that doesn’t make any sense. What about Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Jackass 3D? Total male frontal in those films and the Harold and Kumar 2 and 3 films. Nothing these days make any sense.

  3. Kris • November 18, 2011 @ 10:43 AM

    I’m all for Michael Fassbender’s FULL FRONTAL NUDITY! It’s about time this patriarchal censorship is overturned. Why is it that women are forced to reveal themselves in movies and it is considered “an expression of ART”, a requirement to convey the message of the movie but for men it’s a NO-NO. Such B.S.!

  4. Joshua • November 18, 2011 @ 12:15 PM

    Go Fassbender. Its funny cuz i already though so well of him as an artist and now he has the same opinion of this as i did right out of highschool. I worked on a play when i was 19 that required me to be nude “Boys Play” it was called. It never actually ended up being seen but it was something i felt strongly about. Something about Fassbenders commitment to art that really makes me proud to be a fan. Oh and to all you people maybe thinking EEWWW or whatever. lol GROW UP havnt you ever been to the gym? (god i wish i could forget that 90 year old man i say once lol)

  5. Trevor • November 18, 2011 @ 3:44 PM

    Women show their T&A in movies only cuz they have a short shelf life. In most cases it is the only way their performance is remembered.

  6. C-Dub • November 21, 2011 @ 4:50 PM

    I agree, men can make the same choice as women, and show it for the artistic reason it should be for. I have more respect for this guy now. I think he really is part of a new crop of great actors.
    As for who rates the movies, yeah they seem hippocritical that women can do it and some movies can do it and seems nobody bats an eye. And Forgetting Sarah Marshal, really that was more for shock value, not art.

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