Director Steve McQueen on Michael Fassbender's Shame

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Acclaimed visual artist (and tough guy namesake) Steve McQueen made an astonishing feature film debut with 2008's uncompromising prison piece Hunger, a movie that also drew attention to a daring performance from its emerging star, Michael Fassbender. This week, the pair reunite for their second collaboration, Shame, in which Fassbender plays Brandon Sullivan, a New York yuppie trapped in an emotionally crippling labyrinth of sex addiction. The movie, which co-stars Carey Mulligan as Brandon's wayward sister Sissy, finds McQueen trading one form of incarceration for another -- and has placed Fassbender squarely in the acting race for Oscar prognosticators. We had the opportunity to chat with the ever-lively director in Los Angeles recently, where he shared some thoughts on the film.Back to Article

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