Charlize Theron & Michael Fassbender for W Magazine

Posted on July 12, 2012

Hotter-than-Georgia-asphalt stars Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron grace the cover of W, darlings. Excellent news for people who worship the genetically gifted, yes?

Charlize is wearing a Dior Archive lambskin dress, LaCrasia Gloves gloves, and an Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. sterling silver necklace. Michael is wearing a DSquared2 lambskin vest, Viktor & Rolf Monsieur leather pants, and a Bess belt.

Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender cover the August 2012 issue of W magazine photographed by Mario Sorrenti.

And while it’s true they still look hot, they also look poreless and plastic,  which is kind of a shame. If aesthetically perfect creatures like Fassie and Theron need Photoshop, what does that say about the rest of us? Let the beautiful be as naturally beautiful as possible, editors. These two didn’t need the leg up.

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  • Mrs

    Comic book cover or romance novel?

    • Kiltdntiltd

      I’ll go with romance novel. Barbara Cartland, anyone?

      • afabulous50

        I gobbled up those Barbara Cartland novels when I was young!  Oh those crazy Dukes!

        • Kiltdntiltd

          And all those plucky governesses. Hee hee.

    • lovelyivy

      Yeah, I’m reasonably certain 10% of the romance novels on my kindle use this picture.

      ETA: My bet it’s a story about a trustng gentle woman who has been hurt before, currently on the run from the husband who betrayed her to the mob. Starring Fassie as the jaded ex-cop who initially doesn’t trust her, thinking she’s a spoiled mafia princess, but eventually gives her his battered heart. Featuring a happily ever after where the comically evil ex-husband is, sadly, killed before he can stand a long drawn-out trial.

      Why yes I AM bored at work today, why do you ask?

      • Abigail Speltz

        Lovelyivy, I don’t know who you are, but I know I like you. 

        • lovelyivy

           Just another cubicle monkey chasing the dream…

      • j_anson

        Write it! Hey, make some money during those boring moments at work. :)

        • lovelyivy

          Maybe I can pull in that Twilight fan-fiction “Shades of Grey” money if I add some slightly kinky sex.

          • Melvis Velour

            Do it, a friend of mine who’s shopping a novel around was told by her agent to go sex it up a la shades….of course, she immediately calls every gay man she knows for ideas…

      • CozyCat

        Oh, no.  He’s not the jaded hero.  Look how he’s looking into the camera whilst caressing her!  He’s the playboy aristocrat from a country with unpronouncable name who she is attracted to despite the fact that she senses that she cannot trust him because of a dangerous, mysterious secret…. 

        • lovelyivy

           YES. And usually the stated secret is that his Mommy didn’t love him, but the REAL secret ends up being “he’s a controlling asshole”.

          • CozyCat

            Unfortunately, that’s  a real world villian, not a romance novel villian.

            And we’ve both met him, haven’t we.   :-(

          • lovelyivy

             I believe we have met him more than once. Le sigh.

        • Alloy Jane

          I love you folks all kinds.

    • Louise Bryan

      Comic book cover, definitely, although some background details are missing, like spaceships and ray guns.

    • formerlyAnon

      TOTALLY romance novel.

    • Kate4queen

      Hey, I write romance novels and I’d ‘totally’ go for that as a cover for one of my books. :)

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

       Either or both I totally agree.

  • MilaXX

    Looks like the cover of a Jacqueline Suzanne novel

  • snarkykitten

    if that caption is about Prometheus, the writers must have seen some version I never saw. Sizzle they did not. (well, except for the bit with the flame thrower)

    • andakat

      More like they’ve sizzled in every Q&A/roundtable they’ve done together.

  • Sobaika

    Maybe they’re trying to play up the whole sci-fi angle. But isn’t this cover a month too late?

    • muzan-e

      Absolutely. The lighting, the colours, the heavy photoshopping; even the pose.  It’s distinctly 90s sci-fi paperback – back when they were still painting the covers. If it inched back towards the seventies, there’d be a front blurb including something like: Forbidden Love – Beyond The Stars!

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Grotesquely over produced image. Nuff sed.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Exaclty. Plastic. On two people who really don’t need it one bit.  

  • amf0001

    actually in the movie (I’m presuming this is about Promethus..) they were both ice cold and weird.  He’s too sweaty here for that…  not that it isn’t a fun image…

  • mjude

    i dont get it

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Well, it’s derivative and devoid of personality. 

  • filmcricket

    Yeah, it’s a sci-fi vibe they’re going for, which is fine in the context of the film. Didn’t recognize Charlize; for such a distinctively beautiful woman she’s quite the chameleon, isn’t she?

    Would definitely like a rundown of “the lazy girl’s guide to a better body” though. 

    • j_anson

      To be fair, it’s not like she has a particularly distinctive underneath-the-chin region. :)


       except that in the movie he’s a robot & she is an ice cold bureaucrat and there is no sexy time at all between them. just a bizarre cover playing on old tropes.

  • j_anson

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the photoshopping kind of works for me here, because it heightens the “cover of a cheap pulp novel” effect (which is obviously what they were going for intentionally, with the posing and all). I like how they actually bother to list what Michael Fassbender is wearing, given that mostly what he’s wearing is Charlize Theron.

    • formerlyAnon

      “mostly what he’s wearing is Charlize Theron”

      Heh heh. Good one.

    • lamamu

       Completely agree. It allows us to enter this fantasy world without a moment’s delay…Never know, they might need a third.

  • soren

    They don’t want to spoil which one is the robot for the five people who haven’t seen Prometheus yet.

    • Heather

      Where are the other 4? I’d like to meet them for coffee.

      • Annie Leung

        Does reading the wikipedia page about the movie count? Charlize looks like an android here with all of the leather.

        I’m down for coffee as long as it’s a place where I can get a scone!

      • lbl

        Time and place?

        Seriously though, this cover is silly. I want to see the pictures inside.

  • tereliz

    They may not have had to do as much retouching as you think–blue light is amazing like that (although they probably had to soften all the shadows. Multiple light sources can make some ugly shadows when they’re differing colors). Remember that for your next romantic dinner-at-home. 😉 

    I really like the composition of this shot, and love that he’s looking into the lens. Gorgeous. 

    • Nancy Abrams

      His looking right at me is giving me the creeps. What is he trying to convey to me?

  • LP

    This cover is the embodiment of the gender body language issues in popular media.  He’s looking strong, facing the camera, holding her up.  She’s falling down, with her neck exposed, not looking at the camera, i.e. looking helpless.  Yuck.

    • PinkLemon

       There’s a great little film about that very topic….dangit! The name fails me and my Google search isn’t working. But it’s really good, it puts men in ‘traditional’ female poses and asks you to ‘monitor your reaction’ to them, it talks about the infantilazation (sp?) of women… really is fascinating. I wish I could remember the name! It’s a documentary, about how gender is portrayed in the media and how these ideals are pretty much SHOVED down our throats, constantly. Google it!

      • Sierra Delta

        This isn’t your film, PinkLemon, but Alice Walker said transposing cultural expectations for each sex was one of the themes of The Color Purple.  I saw the film when it was first released, but there were so many characters (and I was such a semi-comatose first-time mother) that I missed huge chunks of the story.  I recently read the book for the first time and really appreciated the gender bending.

      • Adriana_Paula

        If you find it/remember, let me know!

        • Sierra Delta

          Not positive, but is it Miss Representation?

      • Rachel

        Killing Us Softly?

  • Ann M. Erickson

    That just looks like an uncomfortable way to hold your arms. This is coming from someone who has dislocated a few times. But still.

  • Fucking A.

    They’re fucking.

  • afabulous50

    I wouldn’t know who it was if you hadn’t told me.

  • hughman

    “The Xenomorph Always Rings Twice”

    • Kiltdntiltd

      Oh lord that’s wonderful.

    • Squarah

      DYING. This comment is a thing of beauty.

  • pawtley

    He’s looking rather gyllenhaal-esqe here, no?

  • mllesatine

    He has Obi-Wan Kenobi hair.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      You just cracked me up.

  • AC

    What’s with his hair?

  • schadenfreudelicious

    The face looks more Diane Kruger than Charlize Theron to me…

  • alyce1213

    She looks like a generic romance novel cover girl, and he looks digitally generated, so overall really shitty.

  • JasmineAM

    Sigh. Part of the thing about Fassbender that makes him so goddamn hot are those lovely lines in his face.

  • Heather

    It’s funny, I always thought he was hot, but he reminded me of someone though I couldn’t put my finger on who. Then, halfway through watching Shame in the theatre (where Fassie’s penis was about 6′ high on the screen), I realized who it was: a super-creepy, probably crazy coworker of mine. After that I just kept seeing my creepy coworker on the screen, but nekkid and doing the deed over and over again. Ew. Couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

  • innaboxx

    I’ll click on anything that says “Fassbender” but man, that hair is bad.

  • PinkLemon

    one could argue the porelessness contributes to the fantasy…?

  • susu11

    Did anybody else think that Charlize looked like Diana Kruger in the thumbnail, or was it just me? Seriously though I don’t get how W managed to eff this cover up. Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender are so inherently gorgeous, why mess with nature?  

  • TheOriginalLulu

    So true, TLo. The ‘shopping is unnecessary with these two.

    On another note, Fassie and Charlie need to get together right away and make beautiful, beautiful babies. Oy, can you imagine the gorgeousness? 

  • granddelusion

    Smart and ugly people are also genetically gifted. Just a matter of which genes.

  • Zippypie

    That’s Charlize?  Seriously?  No way.  They’ve plasticized her into femmebot territory.  I can’t tell WHO it is!!!

  • guest2visits

    They look like the cover of the old paperback dime store novels; romance or crime noire.  I like it.  They SIZZLE.

  • littlemissstrange

    Yeah I think it’s supposed to look sort of otherwordly and scifi-ish in accordance with their movie…. I think it works. And god DAMN does that boy look pretty.

  • littlemac8

    I kinda thought the unborn fawns nixed the shots of underarms and nostril examination!  Amirite???

  • poggi

    With those two on board, Prometheus really should have been a much better movie.

  • unbornfawn

    They look like digitally generated people.

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    I saw Jane Eyre this weekend. The new one with ‘Fassie.’ I have a problem now. sigh….

  • guest2visits

    I’ve never seen a movie with more unresolved questions, issues…. infuriating.  I wanted to hunt the director down.
    I think he just wanted to shoot in Iceland, because the story was almost pointless.

  • quiltrx

    Oh, I guess I misunderstood.  I kind of thought they were meant to look like the cover of a pulp novel or graphic novel.  I like it.

    And that look he’s giving is as good as any camera-fucking I’ve seen Beckham or Manganiello do!

  • TomBord

    He’s very Clive Owen-esque in that pic. But hey, who cares they’re both handsome men. 

    So is this what it takes to sell a mag at the stand these days??  

    This image makes me think W is on the brink ……of somethin’……..

  • jmorino08

    The pose is weird to me. She appears to be in ecstasy and he’s all “Hey girl” to anyone other than Charlize. I may or may not not have been reading too much feminist media lately, but that seems very mysoginistic, no?

  • skadi1

    I would eat babies to see what the unshopped picture looks like. Internet, get on that, stat!

  • Judy Raddue

    The problem isn’t that they need Photoshop, they don’t.  The crime is that they still were Photoshopped.  

  •árez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    That’s a mighty Blue Steel he’s got. He’s one of the few male stars today that really, really makes my knees weak, not only because he’s a gorgeous slice of man, but because he always shows tons of depth.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    She is unrecognizable! Looks like ERW to me…

  • librarygrrl64

    At least they left his forehead wrinkles in. I’m a bit surprised about that, actually.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I would never have known that was Charlize. In fact, I thought it might be Keira Knightley. How odd.

  • bluefish

    He looks great and CT, whom I love, is giving me major nostril action.  Could be anyone there, including a mannequin — So he lucked out and she got lost.  Now off to IMDB to see what film they are making together.

  • aeg66

    Perhaps its really all CGI & the photo was never done..seriously its looks like a CGI.

  • JasonKL

    That’s so photoshopped it almost looks like a 3D rendering. Which s a shame, because they’re both gorgeous anyway.

  • Winterhart

    If you put that cover on Heavy Metal, it would fit right in.  Which is another way of saying I love it!

  • CatherineRhodes

    Perfectly said, TLo.

  • Frank Lithium

    These two have unbelievable chemistry with each other, maybe not so much in Prometheus, but off-screen. OMG.

    Great photoshoot I say.