Though he's wearied recently over incessant chatter about his full-frontal moment in
, Fassbender stands by the work. "It was important to go all out, not take shortcuts there, and to be sort of naked in every respect," he says. "Otherwise, I don't think the film would have worked."
He was also all up for addressing the gender imbalance when it comes to on-screen flesh-bearing.
"To be honest with you, I think it's the idea of male frontal nudity," he says of just why his pant-less promenade has garnered so much attention. "It just baffles me: women can parade around naked all the time, but the guy conveniently has his pants on.
"I remember my mum always complaining about that to me, saying, 'This is such bullshit, it's always the women who are naked' ... So I did this one for you, Mum!"