Michael Fassbender has seen his star power increase exponentially in the last year or two - and with good reason. The German actor transformed supporting roles into scene-stealing moments in projects like Band of Brothers, 300, Inglourious Basterds, and Jonah Hex, before he broke out as a commanding leading man in films like Jane Eyre and Centurion. This past year has only been more opportune for Fassbender, having achieved both box office success with X-Men: First Class, and award season buzz for both his upcoming psychodrama, A Dangerous Method, and director Steve McQueen's psycho-sexual drama, Shame.
Today we have the second trailer for Shame to share with you - a trailer that is structured as a meditative ode to New York City's darker side.
In Shame, Fassbender plays "Brandon, a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment, Brandon's world spirals out of control."
Now check out the latest trailer for Shame:
New York City is a smart backdrop for this film, which explores the nature of desire, need, and the experiences that shape us into the people we are. As any New Yorker can tell you, loneliness and longing are common companions in the big city, which is often (and ironically) isolating and dark, despite being overcrowded and constantly lit up. It's also a city where chance encounters with a beautiful, interesting or damaged stranger are a daily way of life - a fact beautifully illustrated in this trailer, with Fassbender's character embodying all three of the aforementioned qualities.
However, it's Shame's NC-17 rating that is probably of more interest to the casual viewer. The film (if you can't tell) features a lot of sexual situations - and reportedly a lot of Fassbender's anatomy as well. Nevermind the implication that the film will touch on some pretty taboo subject matter (you can look at that brother/sister premise and infer the rest)...
Despite its restrictive rating, however, this looks like a fascinating film, and another fantastic performance from Fassbender. Don't be surprised if you soon start hearing this man's name next to the word "nominated."
If you haven't, be sure to check out the first Shame trailer as well, which focuses a bit more on Fassbender's character.
Source: iTunes Trailers