Michael Fassbender will not campaign for or attend the Oscars: unprofessional?

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YES. Michael Fassbender covers the new issue of GQ Mag and all I have is a simple YES. I’ve been hoping that Fassy’s return to interesting films (I’m still not ready to discuss Prometheus) would warrant a major magazine cover, and here we are. You can see Fassy’s pictorial here and you can read Fassy’s GQ article here – I’m skimming it and it’s pretty funny. Fassy’s late to the interview but James McAvoy isn’t (GQ wasn’t even supposed to interview James) and so James tries to fill in for Fassy, jokingly telling the reporter: “We’ve decided to switch names and identities and schedules for the week…Growing up in Ireland…” When Fassy does get there, “He’s in bright green Adidas track pants and a black T-shirt, hair sticking up everywhere, eyes bleary and barely open…It’s hard to tell if he’s badly hungover or just rakish.” YES PLEASE. God, I would hit it all. The track suit, the rakish, blurry-eyed IRISH-GERMAN THUNDER. Here are some highlights from the cover story:

Michael Fassbender on his dating history & being selfish: “I’m kind of selfish with the hours that I put into the work,” Fassbender says. He was selfish even then, when there wasn’t much work to be had, and still is now at age 36, when he’s among the most in-demand actors in his entire industry. We talk about the toll this selfishness might take on a person’s life, on one’s ability to do right by friends, family, partners. Which leads me to ask, in a way I regret before I even finish asking: Does that selfishness extend to women, too? Since you started acting, what’s the longest you’ve dated someone? He’s not sure he likes this line of questioning. (“I’m not sure I like this line of questioning,” he says.) But then: “I think the longest relationship that I’ve been in was two years. I started doing this when I was 17, so I guess in my dating, adult life, that kind of covers it.”

…on not campaigning for or attending the Oscars this year:
“That’s just not going to happen, because I’ll be in New Zealand. I’ll be on the other side of the world. 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 goes on a bit about the process of campaigning for one of these things. “It’s just a grind. And I’m not a politician. I’m an actor.”

…on meeting women:
“I make a lot more friends, you know what I mean? You become a lot more successful in terms of, like, talking to a girl. She’s all of a sudden more interested in me. I know that, like, three years ago, she would’ve walked away after two sentences left my mouth. I remember I was sitting at this table at this thing, and I was talking to this girl. I was like, ‘God, I am so boring right now.’ But she was like, ‘That’s so interesting!’ I was like, ‘You know what? Five years ago, this would not have been interesting.’ ”

…on having “darkness”
“Let me put it to you this way, right? A lot of comedians are dark personalities, but they’re making people laugh. So, you know, it can flip the other way. People that are playing dark roles can actually be quite light. It doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand. I think sometimes maybe people that are lighter can access that darkness easier, whereas people that are dark don’t like to access it. …It’s too much maybe part of them that they don’t want to reveal. I know that I’ve got darkness, but for the most part I try and smile as much as I can, you know? I mean, David Cronenberg said it annoyed him that I used to come to work happy all the time.”

[From GQ]

Wait, he’s not going to the Oscars in any possible situation? But he’s pretty much guaranteed an Oscar nomination this year? PLEASE!! Please come to the Oscars. I realize he got burned with Shame and how everyone thought he would get nominated, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles and you still need to buck up and be a professional and go and shake hands and network. Watch what Leo DiCaprio does – he shows up when he’s nominated, out of respect, even when he knows he’s going to lose.

There’s also a lengthy exchange where Fassy and the reporter are talking about money and banks and the world economy. Fassy isn’t an economist, let’s just say it that way. He basically says that he’s not spending his money these days, that he still has the same apartment he always had in London, but he worries about putting his money in the bank: “It’s probably not good in the bank…You need to get it out of the bank. You hear, ‘Oh, we’re in this much debt.’ It’s like, where is that money?! All these numbers: Where do they come from? One hundred billion whatever, these numbers. I’d like to see a room with that amount of money. There is no room that could take that amount of money. That money doesn’t exist.” At the end of the conversation, Fassy basically says he’s considering moving his money into gold.

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Photos courtesy of Peggy Sirota / GQ.

 

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  1. Anna says:

    So… he’s selfish personally AND he’s selfish professionally. What a catch!

  2. brin says:

    Awesome…he’s the anti-Affleck/Hathaway!

  3. starrywonder says:

    Eh I don’t blame him. The Oscars are boring and he’s right. He will not win.

    • Harriet says:

      That is what I was thinking. I would like to see more people defying the Oscars as well because I don’t think they should be the most important award of all.

    • Annie says:

      It’s such an ass kissing fest, and some people’s desperation to win is annoying. I mean, what happens after you win? For most people their careers go downhill. I hope Leo never wins, because it’s that obsession with winning that keeps him finding great projects.

      • mercy says:

        Desperation to be nominated is just as bad. All those ads! It really has become nothing more than a hype game. It’s all about money and a highlight on an actor’s resume. The media dutifully plays along and turns it into a horse race. Good for Fassbender for refusing to play along. He’s an actor’s actor and he has better things to do.

        I don’t really buy the ‘Leo is desperate for an Oscar’ meme. I think it’s more of a media creation. He does seem to want to work exclusively with established writers and directors, but I think that’s probably a byproduct of his status, post-Titanic. Actors like Fassbender choose more interesting roles these days.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        @mercy
        I read an interview, I think from when he was promoting Inception–but he said that he only wants to work with directors that have actually made a film before i.e. no first time directors. He said it’s because you can tell him about your vision, how things are going to work,etc as much as you want to–but then you have to be able to translate that onto the screen–so he likes to see their finished work. Which I get.

        But beyond Scorsese, Nolan, Cameron and Spielberg, I don’t think he’s really worked with really famous directors–at least not any mainstream ones that I would know.

      • Norman Bates' Mother says:

        @Virgilia Coriolanus – He works almost exclusively with really famous directors – apart from those mentioned by you, he also worked with Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrmann, Sam Mendes, Ridley Scott and Woody Allen. Danny Boyle and Lasse Hallstrom are pretty famous too.

      • Catriona says:

        Completely co-sign on Annie, Harriet, Starrywonder and Peepers! ☺️ I lost almost all the respect I had for Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman as “serious” actresses after all the shameless campaigning. I think they are the opposite of Michael Fassbender, they tend to be, “more politician” and focus less on being talented actors.

  4. miriam says:

    I don’t think it’s unprofessional at all. I hate the Oscar-begging that goes on It completely de-merits the worthiness of an Oscar. It’s all about networking and campaigning rather than quality of work.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      +1. An actor who is happy being *just* an actor.
      “What a selfish asshole!!!”
      *eye roll*

      • Catriona says:

        Lol @theoriginalkitten ikr? 😄 @miriam exactly. Like many have said, it hasn’t been about the actors talent or the art of acting for the past how many years, but more the art of “marketing” and like you said, “networking” which to an introvert such as myself, sounds intensely abhorrent as I dread networking. 😖 Maybe Michael didn’t like doing it the first time around and he’s just happy to focus his time and effort on his craft, which is acting. He picked being a hundred percent dedicated to the film he is working on rather than exhausting himself on what is a joke of a ceremony that claims to award excellence in the art and craft of acting when the truth is, the only thing they award is excellence in campaigning.

    • Anna says:

      Except for that parts where he gets paid millions of dollars for a few weeks of work. That’s called market value. But that value that comes not just from his inherent acting talent, but from the projects that he works on being successful, critically or commercially. And for that, they have to be sold – to critics, judges, audiences. Oscar campaigning raises the profile of actors AND FILMS, making sure that studios make money on them and OK future such projects, and the amazing director and screenwriter and crew who made this film possible mostly behind the scenes work again, even though they are making a lot less money for a lot more work.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        …and that’s what he’s doing by giving countless interviews—- promoting the movies he’s in, no?
        I don’t think he enjoys giving interviews, most serious actors don’t, he’s doing it to benefit the film (as well he should I might add).

        It’s a self-serving activity to campaign for the Oscars and benefits the actor who is campaigning much more so than the film itself. It doesn’t automatically equal accolades or ticket sales for a movie, which is why plenty of critically-acclaimed films that are nominated for Oscars, whether it be for a leading performance or the film itself, aren’t box office hits.

        If it’s the production company’s intention to have the film get nominated for an Oscar, then they should be building an Oscar-campaigning requirement into his contract, but if he was hired to give a great acting performance, then he’s doing his job to the best of his ability. I know you don’t like the guy, but I don’t see how you can fault him for this.

        He doesn’t strike me as the type of actor who’s preoccupied with marketability. I think he picks interesting projects where he gets to work with people whom he admires. Personally, I find that really refreshing in an actor.

    • GiGi says:

      I hate the submitting/campaigning part of the awards, too. I wish that would go away.

      But I do think that if you are acting for acting’s sake – there’s loads of work that isn’t film or tv and which doesn’t require “playing the game” to this extent.

      And part of what film and tv actors get paid to do is this selling, this gladhanding and wheel greasing. In an ideal world would it be part of the job? Of course not. But it is and everyone in the business knows it is.

      My guess is that he has a pass from Steve McQueen on this – likely because of what went down around Shame. But other directors/corporate machines may not be so forgiving.

    • mom2two says:

      I agree. He’s going to be busy working and I do think the Oscars would be better off without the whole campaign thing-let the performances speak for themselves.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Agreed.

        Too many sh!tty performances have been rewarded with a statue; while truly deserving performances lose. And more horrifying is when phenomenal performances don’t even get nominated because they had no one ‘big enough’ to campaign for them. It’s a mind boggling practice which seems to benefit a certain few and bloat others’ egos (Julia’s for one).

        Good for him for refusing to play the game. Now we just need more actors & actresses to do the same. A LOT more.

        Can we start a campaign for that?!? ;-)

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I don’t think it is unprofessional either, but for other reasons.

      He said he is going to be filming! It isn’t like he said he is blowing it off and will be sitting on his couch doing nothing. He said he was going to be in New Zealand (not somewhere that is a quick flight from LA).

  5. Kiddo says:

    The Oscars are so boring. I can’t imagine having to sit through it in a starched shirt and tux, it’s bad enough if you are subjected to it on TV, in lounge pants.

  6. ag-UK says:

    HOT HOT HOT.. I saw the trailer in the cinema for The Counselor and the camera loves is face…

  7. Sixer says:

    I get what he’s saying about money. UK banknotes say “I promise to pay the bearer the sum of…” and I always make the joke – pay what? With what? No gold standard any more. No bullion reserves. So what is money? Just a construct. Certainly not a promissory note for an article of actual value. And now we don’t even have fake promissory notes to match the “cash” in circulation.

    Probably not the wisest topic in a magazine interview, however!

    PS: He looks HOT on that cover.

    • Myrto says:

      I disagree. That’s why actors should stick to acting and personal stuff when it comes to interviews, unless they actually know what they’re talking about. Which, I’m afraid, is NOT Fassy’s case.
      What he said about banks and money was quite dumb. And that’s a shame because I was SO enjoying this GQ shoot. Oh well.

  8. Dawn says:

    I think he has the right to make whatever choice he wants. I don’t find it boring or selfish, it’s just him.

  9. Thaisajs says:

    So Fassy is worried about a run on the Bank of England? Um…okay. I guess it would be wrong for someone to be that hot and intelligent.

  10. Maria says:

    Bless you Kaiser.

    I side eyed a few things in that interview but I’m willing to let the problematic things go for purely vain reasons ;)

    He looks good but I’m not fond of the styling on the cover or fake tan (I rather enjoy his translucent skin tone). His arms look they can carry all sorts of things….

  11. Dorothy#1 says:

    I just don’t get the Fassy love, he does nothing for me.

  12. Boodiba says:

    I might actually have to buy a magazine…

  13. epiphany says:

    Award shows are nothing but the movie industry patting itself on the back… try putting out quality movies with great storylines and acting. Your reward will be bestowed at the box office. People in the entertainment business devise so many award shows because their egos need constant gratification. The winners often have less do to with recognizing talent, and more to do with spotlighting someone who’s “hot” at the moment. Glad Fass isn’t falling for it. He cares more about being an actor than being a movie star.

    • mercy says:

      In a perfect world, they would be rewarded at the box office, but that doesn’t always happen. I understand the economics / the need for Oscar hype, but all the ad campaigns, politics, and talk of ‘momentum,’ like it’s a big game, are off-putting nonetheless. Even worse is when awards are used as the sole basis for defining what is good. There will always be a lot of good that will never be recognised, and some less worthy that get in due to the way they played the game and sheer luck.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Except there are a lot of bad movies that make a ton of money and even more superb movies that lose money.

      So the box office isn’t a fair appraisal of a film’s quality either.

    • I Choose Me says:

      My sentiments exactly. I respect him even more now. Let the work speak for itself. And how is he being unprofessional when he’s still actively promoting the film?

      Kudos to actors like him and Joaquin Phoenix who point out what a farce the whole Oscar race is.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      “try putting out quality movies with great storylines and acting. Your reward will be bestowed at the box office.”

      I wish that was the case! I love movies that are character driven, not explosion driven, but I seem to be a minority. Please see: Fast and Furious franchise that is still breaking records!

      The thing I hate the most about award season is that it makes all of the great movies that are award worthy get released within a month or two of each other. It is overwhelming!

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I died a little inside after reading several FB “friends” comments regarding their excitement over the latest Fast & Furious. I mean, I would handle it better if those same people saw good movies too and just felt like watching a fluff film for fun, but the truth is that that’s what their money goes towards-those kind of movies.

      • LadySlippers says:

        STID was *not* a good movie and it’s still raking in the dough. :-( So there’s another bad ‘blockbuster’.

        I much prefer a good, well written, wonderfully acted/directed/produced story over a rocket ship. But alas, I’m very much in the minority.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I agree, TOK, it would be a lot easier to handle if people just dabbled in the crap movies, but I think for a lot of people it is the majority of what they watch!

        Ladyslippers, I think we are in exactly the same state of mind. I really love a quality film!

  14. Mia4S says:

    Eh…it worked for Marlon Brando, and George C Scott, and Sean Penn (who skipped the show for years when nominated), and Woody Allen, and Paul Newman, and hell, it even worked for Monique!

    Seriously though he said he doesn’t want to campaign but all he said is he can’t be at the show because he’s working in New Zealand. No big deal!

  15. m says:

    If hes nominated he’ll probably have to go but I dont blame him for not wanting to if hes not. Its not like hes a girl and can look forward to getting all fancied up, and lets be honest- getting dressed up is the only reason half the people go.
    I just hope this wont hurt his chances especially since we know the academy only gives awards to ass kissers.

  16. pastagirl says:

    I hate the cover, and he looks old for 36 or it’s me ?

  17. Lucy Goosey says:

    He is kind of damned if he does and damned if he does’nt. If he doesn’t campaign, he will get criticism for that and if he does he will be accused of famewhoring! Actors get criticism for whatever they do it seems, no matter what it is!

  18. j.eyre says:

    I would give him a lot of gold for one spin in that convertible (meant in every connotation interpreted)

  19. Talie says:

    He seems bratty over getting snubbed for Shame. He was always going to be a long shot with how graphic it was. That only works for women with the Academy. The members aren’t into seeing dudes nude.

  20. Anna says:

    Oh. My. God. This beautiful man. My vagina wants to gallop off into the sunset with him.

  21. Feebee says:

    There’s a difference between promoting the film and campaigning for an Oscar. He certainly doesn’t seem to be the type to campaign. As for ceremony, it’s pretty simple. He’ll be working – far away – I’d say that points to his professionalism not against it.

  22. Cel says:

    So he’s working in New Zealand and doesn’t want to stop, catch an internal flight then fly from Auckland to LA (12 1/2 hours) and sit dressed like a penguin for 4+ hours bored sh*tless – I’m in him on that!!

  23. Eugenia says:

    He still looks old for his age but I admit he has been looking so good this past month. His skin looks a little better – even in candid red carpet pics. His eyes look incredible. I never remember them looking quite so strikingly blue before. I am tempted to believe that he has been taking slightly better care of himself or at the very least getting more sleep.

    I’ve come to realize, disappointingly, that he is not very eloquent or well spoken. That quote about money and gold sounds just ridiculous.

    I still would though!

  24. els says:

    If the right person makes his campaign he won’t even have to show up, just appoint someone to receive the Oscar for him. And yes…the Oscars are about politics!
    I think if he didn’t know what he was talking about he could have been called unprofessional or scared, but having been through it…at this point it’s an informed decision.

  25. kingkayski says:

    I like it when he said he’s not a politician but an actor,take note George”oscar hungry” Clooney.

  26. lisa2 says:

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with promoting your film. YOU get paid to do that. Support the project. Part of that is doing interviews and magazine covers. As we see he is and has done. The Oscars are not a fair judge of a great film. I think they should give Oscars to ALL the top 5 movies. That would be best. Because we all know that year after year they get it WRONG. Many of the BP films they have chosen over the many years are forgettable. And most people never talk about them again. Too many to name.

    You can support the project without going overboard. He needs to learn the balance.

  27. Mrs.Darcy says:

    I feel like I read he was 36 a few years ago, is he not aging now? He seriously looks 46. I do feel the Fassy frenzy though, why the Prometheus hate Kaiser? Sure it was kind of stupid, but his performance was startling I thought. (Yes it was basically a Peter O’Toole impersonation, but it was magnificent!) He was defintely robbed of an Oscar nom for Shame, no question. Regardless of what he gets up to in his personal life, I don’t see how anyone who has seen his work could not admire his talent at least on some level.

  28. Chickie Baby says:

    Holy moly what a set of forearms! He practically has drummer’s wrists with all those muscles and veins popping out. The driving gloves only enhance the view. Let the hyperventilation commence!

    Wait a sec…there was an article attached to these pictures? Totally didn’t notice.

  29. Frenchie says:

    Not trusting the banks, moving all his money into gold… Michael Fassbender, the new Ron Swanson.

  30. Madpoe says:

    I’m still not convinced he’s 36 years old? IDK what it is!

  31. MissNostalgia says:

    No…his decision makes me respect him even more. The oscars have devolved into an overlong popularity contest. I have not watched that event in years.

  32. lunchcoma says:

    Eh. I think it’s a little early in his career for this. I don’t buy that he’s all about the work, either. I think that he cares about it passionately, but I also think that he’s fiercely ambitious and remembers all too well what it was like to be a struggling actor. I think that he wants an Oscar and wants the occasional big paycheck, and some shilling goes along with both of those things.

    But whatever. He’s buddy buddy with Pitt and McQueen, and they may be just fine with this. But no more talking about economics, Fassy, okay? I’m sure you’re good at many things, but this is not one of them.

  33. kate says:

    I don’t think you all were sooo forgiving when phoenix blasted the oscar last year.

  34. JLM says:

    He’s only 36? I’m 41, and I’ve always assumed that he was a few years older than me. I guess that’s hard livin’.

    And I’ve never understood the appeal of this guy. He’s just completely average looking, and from reading his bank/money talk, I completely believe his story about women finding him much more interesting than they did 5 years ago. I’m apparently one of the women who still finds him uninteresting!

  35. skuddles says:

    How very refreshing to see an actor refuse to participate in the usual pandering, begging and schmoozing bullshit that goes on with most other nominees.

  36. Sophie says:

    Good lord this man is f*ckhot.

  37. blended says:

    i don’t think it’s unprofessional at all. he’s already done his part by going to TIFF and Telluride. he does the press, the hob-nobbing, the after parties, the autograph-signing.
    and let’s face it, oscar campaigning in exhausting. it’s not for everyone. especially if you’re an actor more concerned about the work than the awards and glory. good for him.

  38. Caz says:

    I haven’t watched any Hollywood award ceremonies for years. Have better things to do with my time.

  39. Ginger says:

    Oh Fassy it does exist. My ex worked for Brinks for many years. You’d be shocked at how small a million dollar “brick” really is. Here in Vegas in the count rooms…money in-money out…I guarantee you that money is indeed real.

  40. Naddie says:

    Again, proving to be the strong man I always think he is. Good, Fassbender.

  41. courtney says:

    @Mia4S you are so wrong on that Newman Attended 7 of the eight times he was nominated for best actor and the first time he attended was actually when his wife Joanne Woodward won Best Actress in 1958. the campaigns are designed to drum up excitement and have the movies make more money. Newman didn’t attend the year he won because he had charitable event to attend in Chicago

  42. Kathryn says:

    in the photo with the car he reminds me of a young Paul Newman.
    these photos are gorgeous i think its the best hes ever looked.. wish somebody hadnt mentioned the fake tan tho cos now thats all Im seeing!! :)

  43. Lex says:

    The mere fact that actors nees to campaign for Oscars shows how pointless and meaningless the award is…

  44. C. says:

    Mr. C gave me a get out of marriage free card for Fassy because he knows if that man is even within 3 feet of me the panties are coming off.

  45. Joan V. says:

    I read it more like he knows the Oscars are just a phony promotional game, and he doesn’t like that. Hasn’t he talked about this before?