Further defending his leading man, who also starred in McQueen's "Hunger" and upcoming "Twelve Years a Slave" (alongside Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor) and "The Counselor" (with director Ridley Scott and scripter Cormac McCarthy), the filmmaker insists that Fassbender is a "once-in-a-generation actor" who can "transform and transcend, and you actually believe him, so that's the kind of guy he is."
Fassbender appeared on the covers of THR and GQ, and participated in Newsweek's Oscar roundtable. It seemed a given that the actor would be nominated for an Oscar, as he was for the BAFTAs and Golden Globes (though not, notably, SAG). Alas, Fox Searchlight couldn't overcome the film's NC-17 transgressive subject matter with older voters who make up much of the Academy.
"Shame" will be released in a Blu-ray combo pack on April 17.