Out this week, Michael Fassbender’s Shame quickly shocked audiences for its raw portrayal of sex and liberal glimpses of full-frontal Fassbender. But the actor’s nudity is not as expected. In a film overflowing with sexual perversity and dysfunction, much of the actor’s naked moments are framed in the mundane – everyday nudity rather than sexual titillation. Glimpses of his form aren’t about sexualizing the character, but rather about seeing him without any social barriers – nothing to dictate how he must dress when he’s alone in his apartment on his own time, nothing to dictate how his sexual predilections will play out. As such, the male form becomes something natural and relaxed against the more problematic moments of Brandon’s sexual existence.