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Michael Fassbender Calls Awards Campaigning A "Grind," Says He Won't Put Himself "Through That Kind Of Situation Again"

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 15, 2013 9:00 AM
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Michael Fassbender hasn't yet been nominated for an Oscar, but it's not for lack of trying. Two years back, the actor was highly praised for his turn in Steve McQueen's "Shame," and the actor got fully engaged in the awards season scrum, resulting in nominations from the Golden Globes, BAFTA, Australian Film Institute and more, but with the British Independent Film Awards giving him his only win. The actor is no less acclaimed this year for his turn as the ugly slave master Edwin Epps in "12 Years A Slave," but this time out, he's not going to attend any soireés to court votes.

"I'm going to be busy working," he tells GQ. "I just don't really have time." And that's certainly true as pre-production has started on "Macbeth," a new big screen version that'll feature him opposite Marion Cotillard and directed by Justin Kurzel. That'll shoot in early 2014, and this fall, Fassbender will busy shooting the western "Slow West." But when pressed a bit further about important lunches or dinners his presence will be requested at, Fassbender revealed a bit of an exasperation with the song and dance required.

"You know, I get it. Everybody's got to do their job. So you try and help and facilitate as best you can. But I won't put myself through that kind of situation again," he said, adding: "It's just a grind. And I'm not a politician. I'm an actor."

Fassbender is certainly not the first actor to complain about the awards season glad-handing, and he won't be the last. And if you're wondering about how it may affect whatever chances he has at a nomination, just remember that Joaquin Phoenix dissed the process much more harshly last year, and still wound up with an Oscar nod.

So don't expect Fassbender to attend any fancy magazine wine tastings, or guild dinners, just appreciate the work he does in "12 Years A Slave" which opens in limited release this Friday.

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  • Amy | October 18, 2013 1:37 AMReply

    Love him! I don't think it will matter if he campaigns this year, he will definitely be nominated and will probably win for 12 Years a Slave.

  • A. | October 15, 2013 2:35 PMReply

    It's refreshing. I wish more actor would think the same and be more rebellious and stop the game of Oscar season etc...

  • Kate | October 15, 2013 1:31 PMReply

    He's not starting MacBeth until January. He'll be busy in New Zealand filming a western in November and December.

  • Kevin | October 15, 2013 1:46 PM

    Right, thanks for the reminder!

  • Susie | October 15, 2013 11:50 AMReply

    Terrific actor who should already have a couple of nominations. I'm glad he's using his time more productively than campaigning.

  • CB | October 15, 2013 9:57 AMReply

    Michael, you're too awesome. Hollywood is phony and superficial as hell. Great guy and one hell of an actor. Along with Bale, Hardy and Phoenix probably the best actor of his generation.

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