Michael Fassbender's nudity 'stir'

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Michael Fassbender & Carey Mulligan star in this 2011 drama film directed by Steve McQueen. Set in New York City, a man's (Fassbender) carefully cultivated private life allows him to indulge his sexual addiction. That is, until his wayward younger sister (Mulligan) arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay.
January 5th, 2012

Michael Fassbender's nudity in 'Shame' would not be commented on if it was played by a woman, the film's director claims.

Steve McQueen, who has previously worked with the Irish-German actor on film 'Hunger', does not believe the short shot of him completely naked is a big deal, and thinks too much pressure is placed on men in modern society.

He said: "Just having Michael walk naked round a corner onscreen causes a stir. If it had been a woman, no one would say anything.

"I think 'Shame' is about what it is to be a man now. It's about all of us. I want the cinema to be like a mirror that reflects us. So people see this guy isn't a freak. He's one of us. It's difficult, being a bloke."

He also believes Michael - who won Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival for his portrayal of sex addict Brandon in the movie - was perfect for the role because he combines both the masculine and feminine.

Steve added to Esquire magazine: "He's a man's man, but there's a vulnerability to him, a femininity, that can be very beautiful. I don't think a lot of actors could have played Brandon."