Fassbender Rules Venice For Portrayal Of Sex Addict In ‘Shame’

Perhaps best known for his role as Magneto in X-Men… Michael Fassbender shocked critics at the Venice Film Festival after he scooped the best actor prize for his role in the British movie, Shame.

The German-born star was awarded the prize for his grizzly portrayal of sex addict, Brandon, in a film which has been dubbed “the cousin of American Psycho” by some.

Directed by Turner-prize winner, Steve McQueen, the film follows the miserable life of a sex addict who is driven to new depths when he has to care for his mentally ill sister, played by Carey Mulligan.

Fassbender now stands a chance of breaking into the big time with previous winners of the prestigious Coppa Volpi prize at Venice including Helen Mirren and Mickey Rourke.

The Shame star beat off stiff competition from the likes of Gary Oldman, who plays moody George Smiley in critic’s favourite, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (released 16 September)

Fassbender paid tribute to him in his winning speech, saying: “I have been following Gary Oldman’s career since I was 14, and I feel very, very humble tonight.”

And so he should.