Steve McQueen: Americans are scared of sex

February 20th, 2012

Steve McQueen claims Michael Fassbender missed out on an Oscar nomination because Americans are too scared of sex.

McQueen directed the Irish actor in 'Shame' - in which he played a sex addict - and while it gained critical claim and a Best Actor BAFTA nomination for Fassbender, he was left off the Academy Awards list.

McQueen believes it because organisers and voters were afraid of the edgy subject matter.

He said: ''In America they're too scared of sex, that's why he wasn't nominated. If you look at the best actor list you're saying, 'Michael Fassbender is not on that list?'

''It's kind of crazy. But that's how it is, it's an American award, let them have it.''

McQueen - who directed Fassbender in 2008's 'Hunger' - admits he's in awe of how talented the 34-year-old star is and would work with him again.

He said: ''He's a once in a generation actor. He's an actor who can transform and transcend, and you actually believe him, so that's the kind of guy he is.

''It's all about the script, if Michael's the right person for the character and if he likes the script. What I like about our relationship is it's not tied, it's not a marriage, it's friendship and it's done out of respect of each other's talents and each other's love of film.''