Michael Fassbender has credited director Steve McQueen with changing his life.
The 34-year-old Irish actor starred in McQueen's award-winning film Hunger about the 1981 Irish hunger strike, and has gone on to work with Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg and Ridley Scott.
Michael also appears in McQueen's new film Shame, with Carey Mulligan - and has just won the best actor prize at the Venice Film Festival for his role.
He said: "Steve changed my life. It's really as simple as that.
"When he gave me the opportunity to work with him in Hunger and show some sort of capability or possibility in terms of playing a leading man, at a time when the recession was just around the corner... I got very lucky."
Michael revealed he was delighted to have the opportunity to work with McQueen and his cinematographer Sean Bobbitt again in the drama about a 30-something bachelor living in New York and struggling to control his sexual desires.
Michael said: "Coming back and working with him, we just picked up from where we left off.
"We have this idea of constantly trying to surprise each other and keeping it very collaborative and focused.
"It's always massively focused working with Steve. So it's very rewarding, frightening and exciting experience."
Michael stars as Mr Rochester in the new film adaptation of Jane Eyre.