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Hunger star Michael Fassbender tipped for Venice gong

The actor who played Bobby Sands in the acclaimed movie Hunger is a firm favourite for the best actor award at the Venice Film Festival - thanks to a role as a sex-obsessed New Yorker.

It caps what reviewers are calling a breakthrough year for 34-year-old Irishman Michael Fassbender.

The Killarney-born star had already impressed film critics in Venice with his interpretation of one of the fathers of psychoanalysis, Carl Jung, in A Dangerous Method.

But it is his performance in Shame, the new film from Hunger director Steve McQueen, that has made him the talk of the festival.

He plays a handsome executive living comfortably in Manhattan who can only escape his existential angst by seeking casual sex.

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