Michael Fassbender has been such a good sport about his full-frontal nudity and graphic sex scenes in last year’s Shame, from laughing off George Clooney‘s jokes at the Golden Globes to gamely identifying famous phalluses in various interviews. And while we’ve mostly tread all the ground we can in regards to Fassbender’s big… asset on-screen, it turns out there’s still a sore spot when it comes to his Shame performance.
We’re so wrapped up in that moment in the beginning of Shame when Fassbender revealed his sizeable package, that we forget that the following scene where he pees was totally real. In a recent GQ profile, the actor admitted that it was all him, though it took three takes to get to that point. However — and here he was only partly serious — he told the interviewer, “That peeing cost me an Oscar.”
The now-famous Clooney joke occurred at the Globes because that’s the awards show where Hollywood can afford to be more laidback and a bit more bawdy. But there’s still some ceremony to the Oscars, and they were not fans of anything that Fassbender’s penis was doing on a movie screen. You feel sorry for the guy as he talks about unwittingly getting psyched at the possibility that this searing, soulful film could garner an actual nomination:
“At the beginning people [say], ‘You’re going to be going to the Oscars,’ and you’re like, ‘Whatever, doesn’t matter, don’t think so.’ But after a while it does penetrate. After a while you’re like, ‘Anyway, so I’m going to the Oscars…’ [laughs] And you start to believe it. And I did. I thought I was going. And then I found out I wasn’t and I was upset. I was very upset by it. The first reaction was ‘What the fuck…?’ It’s a vanity thing. It does become important to you. And it shouldn’t.”
I’m sorry, but Fassbender deserved at least a nomination every bit as much as, say, Brad Pitt did for Moneyball. And it sucks that the Academy was too prudish about not even sex, but bodily functions, in order to fully consider the weight of his performance and what he offered up for that role.