‘Shame”s Michael Fassbender: ‘I thought playing sex addict would be easy’

But the actor describes the role as the hardest of his life

Michael Fassbender has described playing a sex addict in shame as the hardest role he has ever taken on.

The actor plays the lead in Steve McQueen‘s acclaimed drama. But he has now revealed that he initially thought that playing Brandon Sullivan would be an easy ride.

He told W Magazine:

I must admit – I initially thought it might be fun. You hear ‘sex’ and you think… sex. But this was definitely the hardest job I’ve done.

Describing the challenges of the part, Fassbender continued: “I can usually shake a character off, but I couldn’t shake Brandon. He had no sensual enjoyment in his life, and since we filmed the movie so quickly, I found myself living in his skin. Keeping him close to me was exhausting, cold, horrible.

“As Brandon, I never ate. He had one container of chinese food in his fridge. All that sex and he didn’t have any pleasure. That sad container of noodles tells you more about Brandon than any nudity.”

Shame is currently on release in cinemas. You can watch the trailer at the top of the page.Video