Fassbender: I swot up for roles
Michael Fassbender has revealed he treats preparing for a role like going back to school.
The German-born Irish actor plays New York businessman Brandon in Steve McQueen's new film Shame - and said he does his homework before taking on a part.
"It's the script, it's always just the script. I sort of spend a lot of time with the script at home reading, re-reading, re-reading, and after a while the character just kind of seeps into the enamel like putting on an extra skin," he said at the Toronto International Film Festival.
"And then you just ask yourself questions all the time - what would Brandon do, what are his motivations. Pretty boring stuff, sort of homework stuff really."
Michael - who picked up the best actor award at the Venice Film Festival for his role in Shame and also promoted his new film A Dangerous Method - said he felt "very lucky" to have attended the European festival.
"It was my first time being in Venice alone, it's an amazing place, and then to be there with two great films, two great filmmakers, I feel very privileged," he said.
But the star added: "I try not to dwell on those things too much, that way madness lies. I just try and keep some sort of quality to my work and serve the filmmakers that I've been privileged to work with."