12 Years a Slave is Fassbender’s third collaboration with Steve McQueen: In Hunger, he starved himself to play the IRA activist Bobby Sands; in Shame, he portrayed a successful New York advertising executive who is addicted to sex. This time, the 36-year-old Irish-German actor appears as Edwin Epps, a violent, alcoholic, and deeply religious Louisiana plantation owner who receives the slave Northup as payment on a debt. Instead of making Epps an unmitigated horror, Fassbender portrays him as a conflicted, seductive, and vindictive man who longs to rule his world absolutely. “Epps fears Solomon,” Fassbender said. “He knows that Solomon may be smarter than he is. His violence
stems from that sense of inadequacy.”
Dior Homme suit and shirt; Tom Ford shoes.