Irish actor Michael Fassbender became a household name after his role in raunchy flick Shame, and he’s now spilled his secret on how he deals with filming awkward sex scenes.
According to the Kerry hunk, it’s all about having a sense of humour and not taking yourself too seriously.
The Hollywood star, also famed for his performance in 12 Years A Slave, says while going through the cringeworthy process, he keeps a backlog of jokes that might be able to break the ice.
“You just have to be aware of the fact that these things are always going to be embarrassing!” he commented. “And the only way to break the ice and get rid of all that nervous energy is through humour.
“On those days I’ll make sure to think of some particularly funny jokes!” he told German Glamour magazine.
Michael also opened up to the magazine about watching X-rated films when he was younger for sex education.
“There were the obligatory porn films,” he admitted. “One time, I stayed at a friend’s house. His parents were away and we went to the video shop. I’m pretty sure we were there for hours, just discussing: ‘So, are you [going to] pick this one?’ ‘Which one?’ ‘That one over there has a good cover.’ And so on and so forth!”
The 38-year-old’s latest projects will give him the opportunity to show off more than his sex scene skills, as he plays the title role in Steve Jobs and also reprises robot David in the sequel to Prometheus, which hits cinemas next year.
And as if that wasn’t enough, Michael plays Macbeth in the adaptation from the Academy Award winning producers of The King’s Speech and director Justin Kurzel, which is out in October and also stars Oscar winner Marion Cotillard and fellow Irish actor Jack Reynor.