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Michael Fassbender won’t campaign for 12 Years A Slave Oscar

DIRECTOR ACTOR LOVE: Steve McQueen, right, puckers up for Michael Fassbender (PA)

HOLLYWOOD STAR Michael Fassbender has said is “too busy” to promote himself for Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a slave-owning plantation boss in Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed film 12 Years A Slave.

The Irish actor, who failed to win a nomination for his leading performance in another McQueen movie Shame, claimed acting commitments and the experience of going through it all last time mean he will not venture on the campaign path to seek recognition from the Academy.

He told GQ magazine: “It's just a grind. And I'm not a politician. I'm an actor.

“I won't put myself through that kind of situation again.

“You know, I get it. Everybody's got to do their job. So you try and help and facilitate as best you can.”

The star, who plays a psychotic Louisiana plantation owner in the McQueen epic added he will be “too busy working” for other film roles to participate in the series of interviews and media commitments required for Oscar campaigning.

“I just don't really have time,” Fassbender said.

“I'll be in New Zealand. I'll be on the other side of the world”.

British director McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave tells the story of free black man Solomon Northup, played by fellow-Brit Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.

It will come out in UK cinemas in January, and follows a trend of film-makers exploring the theme of slavery, with Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained being a prime example of a slavery film achieving Oscar success.

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