Actor Michael Fassbender, who can be seen in the new movies The Counselor and 12 Years a Slave, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of GQ magazine. In his coverstory interview, Fassy talks about the days before he was famous when he struggled with his career and his luck with women. Now that he’s such an in-demand actor, those struggles have magically disappeared … and he is well aware of that fact. The photoshoot took place on a race track and Michael got all done up in racing gear — which he wears very well, I might add — so for me the photos from his spread are the real draw here. Click below to see Michael Fassbender on the cover of GQ magazine, read some excerpts from his interview and watch behind the scenes video from his photoshoot.

On his dating history & being selfish: “I’m kind of selfish with the hours that I put into the work,” Fassbender says. He was selfish even then, when there wasn’t much work to be had, and still is now at age 36, when he’s among the most in-demand actors in his entire industry. We talk about the toll this selfishness might take on a person’s life, on one’s ability to do right by friends, family, partners. Which leads me to ask, in a way I regret before I even finish asking:

Does that selfishness extend to women, too? Since you started acting, what’s the longest you’ve dated someone?

He’s not sure he likes this line of questioning. (“I’m not sure I like this line of questioning,” he says.) But then: “I think the longest relationship that I’ve been in was two years. I started doing this when I was 17, so I guess in my dating, adult life, that kind of covers it.”

On meeting women: “I make a lot more friends, you know what I mean? You become a lot more successful in terms of, like, talking to a girl. She’s all of a sudden more interested in me. I know that, like, three years ago, she would’ve walked away after two sentences left my mouth. I remember I was sitting at this table at this thing, and I was talking to this girl. I was like, ‘God, I am so boring right now.’ But she was like, ‘That’s so interesting!’ I was like, ‘You know what? Five years ago, this would not have been interesting.’ ”

On not campaigning for or attending the Oscars this year: “That’s just not going to happen, because I’ll be in New Zealand. I’ll be on the other side of the world. You know, I get it. Everybody’s got to do their job. So you try and help and facilitate as best you can. But I won’t put myself through that kind of situation again.” He goes on a bit about the process of campaigning for one of these things. “It’s just a grind. And I’m not a politician. I’m an actor.”

On having “darkness”: “Let me put it to you this way, right? A lot of comedians are dark personalities, but they’re making people laugh. So, you know, it can flip the other way. People that are playing dark roles can actually be quite light. It doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand. I think sometimes maybe people that are lighter can access that darkness easier, whereas people that are dark don’t like to access it. …It’s too much maybe part of them that they don’t want to reveal. I know that I’ve got darkness, but for the most part I try and smile as much as I can, you know? I mean, David Cronenberg said it annoyed him that I used to come to work happy all the time.”

I’ve liked Michael Fassbender‘s work from the start. He strikes me as one of those serious actors who really doesn’t take himself too seriously. We often see him with a big ass smile on his face (you know the kind where he shows off every single one of his teeth) and that says to me, That guys is probably really fun to hang out with. It doesn’t hurt that he makes sexy look so easy. This behind the scenes video from his GQ photoshoot is fun to watch:

Fassy just has It. He’s got a laid back cool factor that really comes across in the most genuine way. I’m looking forward to the release of his new movies. I’m also really looking forward to the release of this issue of GQ. It hits newsstands on October 22.

[Photo credit: Peggy Sirota / GQ; Source]

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