I almost slept through big TV break
SHAME star Michael Fassbender has revealed he nearly slept through his big break on the small screen - playing a patient in Holby City.
The Irish actor (34), nominated for a Bafta for his portrayal of a sex addict in Shame, played a man who had his spleen taken out in an early role in the BBC medical drama. He said: "I remember it clearly because I fell asleep on the operating table.
"The trouble was they were filming the scene over and over again and focusing on all the doctors operating on me and I was lying there with my eyes closed and I just drifted off. I woke to hear someone whispering, 'he's fallen asleep".'
The Co Kerry star hit the big time when he played IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen's Hunger.
He has reunited with McQueen for Shame, where he co-stars with Carey Mulligan, and Fassbender admits his strong working relationship with the director helped him get over any worries he had about his character's explicit sex scenes.
He said: "I knew that I wanted him to go to places that were ugly and sort of display that ugliness within the character but I had the confidence, from the way he was written that an audience would feel for him.
And if it had been a different director, I would have been a lot more wary."