Much of the buzz coming out of both the Telluride and Venice Film Festivals is centering around Michael Fassbender, who along with Ryan Gosling seem to have finally caught the heat that differentiates Actors from Megastars. Even though Fassbender still is little-known in these parts, that soon is expected to change.
Although some are reporting walk-outs at Telluride (Colorado) due to the graphic nature of Steve McQueen's Shame, much acclaim seems to be coming out of it all still. L.A. Times' Julie Makinen describes the opening minutes of the Drama about a Sex-Obsessed Man named Brandon, "A courageous performance by a full-frontal Fassbender — has slept with a hooker and masturbated in the shower. And then things get really kinky.".
Oliver Lyttelton of Indiewire praises Fassbender's performance in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, which also explores themes of Sexuality with him playing Psychiatrist Carl Jung. Lyttleton says that the German-born Irish Actor is "deeply sad and deeply human, never shutting the audience out.".
And to think, this time next week he'll be here in the City for TIFF 2011 with both these Films!
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