Michael Fassbender, ‘Sex scenes are always awkward, it’s just about doing your job’


Here are some photos from this weekend’s press junket for The Counselor in London. On Thursday night, some of the cast came together for a screening/premiere in London, and then I guess they did the photocall on Friday…? Sure. Same players at both events –Michael Fassbender (the star), Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, plus director Ridley Scott. No Cameron Diaz or Brad Pitt thus far, although I’m assuming Cameron will want to promote this film a bit harder in the weeks to come (early audiences claim that this is one of Diaz’s best performances in years). Maybe Brad will come to an American premiere, hopefully. But I wouldn’t count on it just because Pitt pretty much has a glorified cameo and he’s not going to be expected to “sell” this movie.

Anyway, even though I thought My Fassbender looked dangerously shag-worthy at the premiere, I’m not really feeling the hotness in these pics. Penelope looks good – her red suit is Nina Ricci. Very pretty. I like that she and Javi are standing next to each other too, like they’re not one of THOSE couples who can’t bear to be photographed in the same space.

Last week, Fassbender was named #8 on Empire Mag’s Sexiest Movie Stars list. That was the list with Benedict Cumberbatch at #1. I love some Cumberbatch, as you well know, but my affection for Fassbender feels less intellectual and more animal. Michael is the beast who would wreck my sweetshop. So, the list is crap. It’s okay to admit that. When Fassbender was told about the list on the red carpet last week, he was nice about it though, telling E! News: “They’re wonderful guys and very handsome, so thank you for packaging me together with them.”

Fassy also tried to downplay the SEX GOD vibe when he discussed his sex scenes with Married Lady Penelope: “Sex scenes are always awkward, to be honest, whatever anyone sort of thinks of them outside of the film game. It’s just awkward really, so you just want to make sure that the person you’re acting with is comfortable and doesn’t feel like you’re taking advantage in anyway. You know, I’ve got huge respect for both Penélope and Javier [Bardem]. So it’s really just about doing your job.” Oh, whatever. I would bang Fassbender will ALL of the Teamsters watching.

As for Fassy’s other film, 12 Years a Slave, and how everyone thinks he’s going to get an Oscar nomination for it, Fassy said a nomination would be “the icing on the cake… I don’t have a litmus test for the darkest role, I just like the script and story, I don’t know why this is happening, it might be time to do a comedy.” He really got burned when he didn’t get nominated for Shame. He doesn’t want to get his hopes up this time.





Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Maria says:

    He is perfection to me simply for being flawed (and ginger).

  2. Sixer says:

    Oh, excuse me. I was busy with Cillian Murphy, a gypsy caravan and a lesson in Romani (with corporal punishments for making mistakes. I keep making mistakes).

    Fassy who? He has on bad shoes in these pictures. Let me know when he’s changed. Preferably after Peaky Blinders has finished its run.

  3. Anna says:

    The only one I’d ‘hit’ from this line-up is Penelope.

    • mom2two says:

      Probably me too.

      I think Fassbender is telling the truth about sex scenes. I don’t care who you are, they have to be awkward and I imagine most actors just take it as part of the job.
      I have not seen 12 Years A Slave and at the rate I go to the movies these days, I might see it in two years (sigh) but going on talk, I’d be shocked if Fassbender doesn’t get a nod for his role in that.

    • Liv says:

      She’s the most beautiful woman! I love that she’s not the perfect Hollywood type of actress, but has so much charisma instead! Gorgeous.

    • loveisthecoal says:

      Me too. I LOVE Penelope’s suit-that is gorgeous! Also, didn’t she just have a baby not too long ago? She looks amazing!

  4. Dorothy#1 says:

    I love Penelope’s outfit!! She looks amazing.

    • SpankFD says:

      +1 I love her collar. So classic.

      Otherwise I would just like to say that Fassy looks much hotter in motion (or better yet, when speaking). Sigh.

      Still, Fassy is hot, and I am certain sex scenes would not be “awkward” with me. Or any of us. We Celebitches would work hard to make Fassy feel comfortable. Oh, so comfortable. Call us!

  5. Lindy79 says:

    I do love me some Fassy but I’ve also had a strange attraction to Javier, with Skyfall and No Country for Old Men being the exceptions.

  6. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    I was really glad how he handled the whole thing with Shame. I remember he gave an interview about it last year, I think. He said something along the lines of everyone kept telling him that he was so amazing, he was going to the Oscars–and then when it didn’t happen he was pissed, and he said that that wasn’t an appropriate reaction—it shouldn’t have bothered him.

    I like that he gave a truthful answer–that’s how I felt in 9th grade, when we had to write these short stories, and the teachers chose ten of the best stories, out of the entire 9th grade–and I wasn’t chosen. I was mad for about a week, and then I realized how stupid I was being.

    • Nono says:


      I remember arguing with my teachers about marking my papers incorrectly. “But …! ‘Umbre’ is a word!” My best marks were always in English. I have no idea why that makes me so proud, even to this day.

    • Elodie says:

      Yes, don’t believe the hype in short words. He said it was good little lesson.

      That said, in that industry it’s hard to keep your feet *completely* grounded (after all he’s enjoying the perks of his success i.e. women wise and other lifestyle and being honest about it), everyone has an ego and after all as an actor when you get involved in there, you want your work to be appreciated, and no matter what, an Oscar is such a prestige so that when you sucked into the hype, well it’s hard not to fall for it…

      I have the same thing when I manage to get a film deal, my boss gives me the pat on the back, praises me everywhere and sends me left right centre to them events, and I feel somewhat important… but I know what I’m good at and what I’m not good at, so I try my best to get sucked in too much in his praise… because the minute something goes bad, he sure will bury me just as fast! 😀

  7. Christo says:

    Good gracious. The lighting there must have been courtesy of Target or someone’s patio porch light. It is amazing how washed out Fassy can look in these pics versus the great ones from a few days ago that you posted.

  8. bluhare says:

    The only thing I got out of reading this is indigestion and nausea thinking that Cumberbatch was voted most sexy.

  9. Migdalia says:

    Just as a recent example when I see how Bradley and Jenn (who won) gets noms at the very least for SLP it just reminds you how much bs the Oscars can be moreso than any other award show. It was a crime that he wasn’t at least nominated. Michael in Shame was one of the rawest performances I’ve ever seen in my life. Steve McQueen deserves more recognition as well…he dgaf and is not afraid to be risky. Here’s hoping for a “we owe you one” this year.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      “Michael in Shame was one of the rawest performances I’ve ever seen in my life.”

      Totally agree and I also adore McQueen.

    • Bridget says:

      He was great in a movie that most of the Academy, which skews pretty old, probably wouldnt have seen. In hindsight, it’s not really a shock he wasn’t nominated.

  10. Megan says:

    Aw man, Penelope looks amazing!

    Too bad she’s married, I bet Fassy would be ALL OVER that if she wasn’t rocking that ring.

  11. derpy says:

    Anyone else laughinhg and ridleys expressions/faces?

  12. ichsi says:

    Oh Kaiser, (I’m Austrian, writing your name feels weird…) we do have such different preferences when it comes to the Fassdong! I wasn’t too smitten with the pics from the premiere, those however… hmmmmm I wish I could just shove it to the ground and ride it into tomorrow.

  13. Addison says:

    @ ichsi (I’m Austrian, writing your name feels weird…) LOL!!

    FYI to all Fassbender fans, he will be on Letterman today (Monday) and on Wednesday he will be on Stewart.

  14. Blue says:

    That Empire list is a joke, Fassbender should’ve been way higher than number 8. He is the hotness. I wish actors wouldn’t always talk about how hard sex scenes are. It kind of ruins the illusion. Actors are exhibitionist by nature so I doubt those scenes are that hard to film. However, I love every interview Michael gives so I don’t mind hearing him bemoan the difficulties of sex scenes.

  15. shump says:

    I am feeling his sexy here.
    Oh yes.