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Fassbender handles Globes pressure

12 Years A Slave actor Michael Fassbender
12 Years A Slave actor Michael Fassbender

Golden Globe nominee Michael Fassbender has admitted he feels more pressure before he starts a film than he does before a major awards show.

The 12 Years A Slave actor will face off with Dallas Buyers Club star Jared Leto, Rush actor Daniel Bruhl, American Hustle's Bradley Cooper and Captain Phillips' first time actor Barkhad Abdi for the best supporting actor gong at Sunday's show.

Michael hit the red carpet in Los Angeles for BAFTA LA's award's season tea party sporting a full beard, and joked that it would need hours of grooming before he was ready for action.

He said: "The beard alone needs about three people, I will getting ready in the morning and going through all the rituals."

The gruelling slavery drama 12 Years A Slave leads the nominations for the Golden Globes but Michael says he doesn't feel any pressure to scoop up silverware.

"I don't really feel any pressure, I watched the film back in Telluride in August and was amazed by the film so the moment and the pressure was over and it's now just great it's been received the way it has.

"I'm getting ready to do Macbeth so those are the pressure moments for me, not being sure I'm not going to make a mess of it."

His co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays former slave Solomon Northup, is a hot favourite to take home the best actor award and he said he has enjoyed the ride the film has taken him on.

"It's been a really enjoyable and fun journey, we opened the film and it's a sober reflection on a man's life and the audience seems to connect to it in that way and hasn't got caught up in anything else so now it's a question of celebrating the industry we are all a part of and there have been some wonderful films this year."

The actor, who is also nominated for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for Dancing on the Edge, said he would use a haphazard approach to dressing for the ceremony.

"I will just throw everything on and hope it lands," he said.

For Gravity actress Sandra Bullock, the prospect of a tea party was as exciting as the prospect of a best actress gong. "I love tea time, I've always loved English tea. I was raised in Germany so we always stopped for coffee and cake and that tradition makes me very happy, I love a good scone and clotted cream."

The Golden Globes take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles


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