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Sunday 26 October 2014

Fassbender fainted on set after harrowing rape scene

MOVIE star Michael Fassbender was so overcome while filming a harrowing rape scene in 12 Years A Slave he fainted on set.

The 36-year-old said he "keeled over" in front of the crew after filming a scene where he had to violently attack a young slave girl.

The hotly-tipped movie directed by Steve McQueen also stars Brad Pitt but the Kerryman said he was deeply affected by this particular scene.

STRANGE

"That was a kind of strange one," Michael said. "I just blacked out...that has never happened to me. You are doing things that are quite challenging. I guess mentally and physically," he told Elle magazine.

Fassbender plays plantation owner Edwin Epps who delights in abusing slave girl Patsey, who is played by 30-year-old Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o.

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