Michael Fassbender is baffled by the restrictive rating on his saucy new movie Shame in America, because he is convinced many gory horror films are given lower classifications.
Fassbender stars as a sex addict in the picture, alongside Carey Mulligan, who plays his self-harming sister, and censors in the U.S. branded the movie an Nc-17 - meaning no one under the age of 17 will be allowed to view the film.
The actor has now defended the movie's raunchy scenes, insisting they are far less shocking than the gory footage seen in many popular horrors.
He tells The Huffington Post, "(It's) a serious film that deserves to be treated as such. Most of us have sex, so I don't understand what we're trying to sweep under the carpet or repress or not take a look at it.
"Half of us have a penis and the other half have probably seen one, and so why should it be more normal to, like, chop people's heads off and shoot people? Does that mean that that's more acceptable or closer to us as human beings?"
Mulligan has also recently spoken of her anger at the classification, branding it "so odd".