Michael Fassbender: Sex scenes are always awkward unless you’re both really into each other
The German-Irish actor appears alongside the married couple in Ridley Scott's new movie The Counselor. In the film, Michael and Penélope's characters are dating, with Michael quipping that Javier wanted to be present when his wife got up close and personal with another man.
"Javier was in the next room with the headphones," he laughed to British newspaper The Metro when asked how Javier dealt with the sex scenes. "No, they’re both professionals at the top of their game and they’re really great people. Javier did joke around when we were doing rehearsals. He came back into the room and was like: ‘I forgot something.’ But those scenes are always awkward unless you’re both really into each other. The thing is to always make sure your partner in the scene is comfortable and doesn’t feel like you’re taking advantage of the space and the situation."
Michael also appears in 12 Years a Slave, which has been tipped to receive a host of Oscar nominations.
The 36-year-old star refuses to get too preoccupied with the prospect of taking home prizes for his work.
"The film is beautiful and it’s a really important piece. I think Steve has made a masterwork and I’m proud and very privileged to be a part of it," he said when asked how he feels about the Oscar buzz. "Whatever else happens after that is a bonus. I try not to think about awards. My work is done. Everything else is gravy."
Michael plans to keep as busy as possible and not miss out on any opportunities. He realises his chosen career may not last forever, so is open to pursuing other avenues.
"I do think that, in the arts, there is a time when you will be doing your best work and you lead up to that – and then there’s a time when you will go downhill. I’m trying to be as industrious as possible now while I’m getting the opportunities to work," he explained. "Maybe I’ll do something else in five years’ time. Maybe I’ll work behind the camera or find another challenge in life."