We’re barely into awards season, but there’s little doubt on most minds that “12 Years a Slave,” helmer Steve McQueen’s horrific depiction of one of the worst moments in U.S. history, will finds its place on nomination ballots — and that includes possible recognition for Michael Fassbender’s work as a sinister slave owner.
To wit: Variety film critic Peter Debruge writes that this role’s “actorly transformation may be Fassbender’s most courageous yet, tapping into a place of righteous superiority that reminds just how scary such racism can be.”
But Fassbender seems to have worked nonstop since he broke out in films like Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 “Inglourious Basterds” and McQueen’s 2008 “Hunger” and he seems tired — so much so that he says in the November issue of GQ that campaigning for awards this year is “just not going to happen, because I’ll be in New Zealand. You know, I get it. Everybody’s got to do their job. But I won’t put myself through that kind of situation again.”