Michael Fassbender doesn't think Steve McQueen liked him when they first met.

The Irish/German actor - who has worked with the director on films 'Shame' and 'Hunger' - admits their first meeting was not what he expected and he was being "defensive" after years of rejection at auditions.

He said: "The recession was coming along and there were fewer jobs for fewer people. I felt I just managed to get my foot in the door.

"The strange thing was, I don't think Steve liked me very much. I suppose, through years of rejection, going to auditions, there might have been some defensiveness on my part."

However the pair got on better when they began to discuss the role of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, who he played in 'Hunger'.

He said: "Then there was a topic - Northern Ireland. A lot of films had been made about the Troubles that I thought weren't a really good representation."