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.