Fassbender On 'Awkward' Sex Scenes in 'Counselor'

By ZACH SEEMAYER

October 08, 2013

In The Counselor, Michael Fassbender plays a lawyer who gets in over his head in the drug trafficking business. The movie is tense and it's violent, but as it turns out it has its steamier moments as well, including a passionate scene between Fassbender and Penelope Cruz, who plays his finance.

Fassbender, who is no stranger to sexually-charged roles as his performance in 2011's Shame can attest, said that sex scenes are still a little nerve-racking.

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"It's always, sort of, when you're doing love scenes, it's kind of awkward," Fassbender confessed to ET's Rocsi Diaz. "You're nervous beforehand that the other person's going to be cool, and that they're going to feel comfortable, and safe."

Fassbender went on to say that another hard part is being able to make the scene believable. "[The counselor's] relationship with Laura is such an important part of the character for me, and I think for the audience."

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Check out the video for more from Fassbender, as well as stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, who both discuss what made them want to come on board with The Counselor.

The Counselor, directed by Ridley Scott and written by Cormac McCarthy, opens in theaters October 25.

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