Michael Fassbender on the cover of GQ (Peggy Sirota / GQ)
So what does it take to tie the "The Counselor" star down?
In the November issue of GQ, Fassbender chats about the perks and perils of fame when it comes to dating.
"I'm kind of selfish with the hours that I put into the work," Fassbender, 36, reveals.
So does that selfishness apply to women as well?
"I'm not sure I like this line of questioning," he coyly replies, adding, "I think the longest relationship that I've been in was two years. I started doing this when I was 17, so I guess in my dating, adult life, that kind of covers it."
Fassbender was romantically involved with his "X-Men: First Class" co-star Zoe Kravitz in 2010 before they split in 2011. Michael then went on to date his "Shame" co-star Nicole Beharie for seven months before breaking up earlier this year.
But with his semi-newfound fame, he doesn't exactly have a tough time meeting women. "I make a lot more friends, you know what I mean? You become a lot more successful in terms of, like, talking to a girl," the Irish-German actor explains. "She’s all of a sudden more interested in me. I know that, like, three years ago, she would’ve walked away after two sentences left my mouth. I remember I was sitting at this table at this thing, and I was talking to this girl. I was like, 'God, I am so boring right now.' But she was like, 'That’s so interesting!' I was like, 'You know what? Five years ago, this would not have been interesting.'"
Aside from the upcoming Ridley Scott film "The Counselor," Michael also stars in the Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," which has already generated a lot of awards season buzz.
However, Michael reveals that he will not be campaigning for an Oscar this year (or if he happens to get a nomination, even be in attendance).
"That's just not going to happen, because I'll be in New Zealand," he notes. "I'll be on the other side of the world."
In 2012, Fassbender was on the awards season circuit promoting "Shame," and according to many critics, was universally snubbed when he didn't receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
"You know, I get it. Everybody’s got to do their job. So you try and help and facilitate as best you can. But I won't put myself through that kind of situation again," he says.
"It's just a grind," continues Fassbender while speaking about the process of campaigning for an award. "And I'm not a politician. I'm an actor."
"12 Years a Slave" hits theaters on October 18, while "The Counselor" will be released on October 25. Pick up GQ's November issue when it hits newsstands on October 22.
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