'Shame': Michael Fassbender's chameleon power [Video]
In Steve McQueen's new sex drama, "Shame," Michael Fassbender continues his streak of playing complex, even tortured types, the kind he recently brought to life in movies as diverse as "Jane Eyre" and "X-Men: First Class."
In "Shame," he stars as Brandon, a successful New Yorker who's also a sex addict who lacks anything close to a grip on his passions.
How did Fassbender, known as a cool customer in real life, so convincingly shift into character? In a panel discussion as part of the Envelope's Screening Series at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks on Thursday, McQueen describes the secret to Fassbender's acting abilities.
-- Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Michael Fassbender, left, and Steve McQueen at the AFI premiere for "Shame." Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press