New Images From Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’ & Gruesome Script Excerpt

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Michael Fassbender in The Counselor 2 New Images From Ridley Scotts The Counselor & Gruesome Script Excerpt

If Ridley Scott’s new action thriller, The Counselor, isn’t on your list of most anticipated films of the year yet, then perhaps it should be. With a screenplay written by acclaimed novelist Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men), Ridley Scott serving as director and the lead roles filled by Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem, this sordid little crime tale has more than enough talent involved to pique a significant amount of interest.

The film is set on the Mexican border, and Fassbender plays a lawyer who decides that he’d like to make a little extra money on the side through undeniably illegal means. He becomes embroiled in a $20 million cocaine deal, aided and abetted by a willing friend (Bardem) and a knowledgeable stranger (Pitt).

While we wait for a full trailer, which hopefully won’t be too far away now considering the fact that The Counselor‘s release date was bumped up to October, EW has released two brand new promotional stills showing the principal cast: Michael Fassbender looking effortlessly dapper in a suit and open-collared shirt, and female leads Cameron Diaz and Penélope Cruz relaxing at the spa.

Michael Fassbender in The Counselor New Images From Ridley Scotts The Counselor & Gruesome Script Excerpt

Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz in The Counselor New Images From Ridley Scotts The Counselor & Gruesome Script Excerpt

If you’re not all that excited by these images, however, and you want to get right down to the meat and bones of The Counselor, then you’re in luck; McCarthy has published a lengthy excerpt from the script, titled “Scenes of the Crime,” at the New Yorker. The scenes appear to be from quite early on in the film, since none of the characters are yet named.

It’s a slow build to a climax that we won’t spoil here, but it looks like The Counselor will certainly be earning its R rating. On paper, it seems to be along the same lines as a Nicholas Winding Refn film, with only very minimal dialogue and long periods of quiet in between the outbursts of violence.

McCarthy’s reputation alone will no doubt leave many people eager to see the results of his first original screenplay to be produced for the big screen, but let us know what you’re hoping for from The Counselor in the comments.


The Counselor is out in theaters on October 25, 2013.

Source: EW

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  1. This film will certainly duke it out with Monuments Men and American Hustle as well as Wolf of Wall Street during Awards season but I just want to take time to observe this movie thusfar. Cormac McCarthy is a brilliant author, bringing No Country For Old Men vividly to the screen. I expect him to bring his talents again here, obviously. Not a Ridley Scott fan quite honestly. He has made some big accomplishments, however many overrated. He’s good but not nearly as great as he’s proclaimed to be. Michael Fassbender has always had this hype surrounding him, and I’ve never bought into it. I’ve seen a few of his films and yes, he’s a good actor. But great? No. Brad Pitt is battling between his movie star image and being an actor, which he is quite good at though he’s not elite. Javier Bardem is another good actor. Penelope Cruz is a good actress. Cameron Diaz has always been a part of bad, shameful movies (except for Gangs of New York which was ok and plus Scorsese directed it). Now, if she’s given a role like this maybe she can show what she can do. I’m just thinking there’s a lot of hype surrounding this because of the cast that’s supposedly ‘excellent’. For me, I don’t see anything ‘excellent’ about the cast. I see a group of good actors that are mostly known for their movie star alter egos. Think about it. However, through all this, I’m attracted to it because of McCarthy’s talents and because I think he will make it intriguing. Oscar will also.

    • You sound very pretentious. Your opinion isn’t the word of god so giving your life’s story on your thoughts of EVERYTHING is useless.

      • It’s his opinion. I don’t agree with most of what he said, but I at least respect that he was polite about it.

      • You, sir, sound very pretentious. Who are you to assert his opinion is wrong? Everyone is entitled to one. I don’t think Spoiler talked about ‘EVERYTHING’ so stop taking cheap shots and calm down for awhile. As to my good friend underneath your comment, I think you’re making blank accusations. Maybe he doesn’t think Michael Fassbender is the best thing since sliced bread. Neither do I. He’s a good actor. And if you say Brad Pitt is anywhere near the talent level of either Denzel or Matt Damon you may possibly give me a sinus. No, he’s not anywhere close to Nicholas Cage or Tom Cruise but he’s still not elite. Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, sure they’re good but they’re not elite per se. Yes, the movies you listed from Ridley Scott are good I don’t think Spoiler meant that they were terrible because they definitely aren’t. The guy isn’t another Frank Capra or Alfred Hitchcock but maybe those are too archaic of references for the both of you.

        • @Greg

      • @will

    • I actually agree to most of what you say. I’m very excited to see what McCarthy is writing on the big screen. I’ve read the excerpt from the script and I have to to say I’m impressed. There’s no dialogue in this excerpt which I find great because, given what’s happening in this passage, there’s no talking needed. As for the cast I think it’s a very handsome one and very much capable of give this movie some critical juice.

      As for “will” below you, I don’t really think Spoiler sounds pretentious. Instead, to me, he just seems to know what he’s talking about but talks critically enough in a way to come off that way to you.

      • Thanks for the support man

        • Hey man, opinion is a factor of critical thinking. It’s only right to hear anyone out.

          • Sounds right Dan very smart advice that our friend Will should take into account next time he goes looking for a punching bag

    • “Ridley Scott is overrated”…. In fact movies like ‘Alien’, ‘Blade runner’, ‘Thelma and Louise’, ‘Gladiator’ are little, shameful, obscure movies. Fassbender “has this hype surrounding him but he’s not a great actor”. I’m afraid you didn’t see ‘Shame’ or “A dangerous method’ or ‘Inglorious basterds’ or ‘Fish tank’, but above all, you didn’t see ‘Hunger’. Brad Pitt is not elite? No? In which sense? What’s elite in your opinion? And if, in addition to this, you think “there’s nothing excellent about the cast”, that’s because you evidently know very few or almost nothing about Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.

      • Yes, I am entitled to my opinion like anyone else is. Yes, Pitt, Bardem, and Cruz are very good. Elite in my opinion is Denzel Washington, Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Robert Downey Jr., Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Meryl Streep, etc. in terms of performers from today. Yes, I have watched those Fassbender and Scott movies like you mentioned and no I don’t think Fassbender is the 2nd coming of Spencer Tracy is what I’m saying. I don’t think Scott amounts to Scorsese or Spielberg. Above all, it’s my opinion and I’m not forcing it on anyone just stating my thoughts.

      • @airin

        Kudos for mentioning Hunger along with fish tank & Shame.
        Anyone who’se seen Fassbender’s performance in Hunger or Shame would be flabbergasted at even the suggestion that he’s overrated.

        • +2000

        • He is very talented but neither him or Brad Pitt or Javier Bardem (in my opinion mind you) are elite. I think Denzel is the best actor we have. Care to disagree? And yes, I think Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, and Amy Adams. While we’re at the citing game, I’ll cite Flight, Training Day, Glory, and his whole filmography for Denzel; The Bourne Ultimatum, Good Will Hunting, Invictus, True Grit, and The Departed for Damon; The Fighter, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and 3:10 to Yuma for Bale; Tropic Thunder, Chaplin, Iron Man, and The Avengers for Downey; The Dark Knight Rises and Les Miserables for Hathaway; Closer and Black Swan for Portman; The Fighter and The Master for Adams. Wish to compare? Oh and Ridley Scott, yes he’s good but I don’t think he’s in the ranks of Scorsese or Spielberg as some may claim. Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator were revolutionary but were they along the lines of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, GoodFellas, The Departed, Hugo, etc. or Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, etc. I don’t think so. And who’s keeping score?

    • A more accurate description of Fassbender’s acting is “talented”. He delivers his roles excellently regardless of whether it is a great part, a menial part or a simple part of a film. I did not know Fassbender until I watched his “Rochester” in Jane Eyre just late 2012 and I thought “This is really a talented/very natural actor!” which led me to search for his other films and walah! I was overwhelmed with the critical acclaim-which confirms my own and uninfluenced judgment of his acting.

      • @Donovan

  2. Whoever they got to slap gobs of paint on Cameron Diaz’ “face” deserves a best make-up \ Costume \ VFX Oscar. I think they took the make up budget for Fassbender & Cruz and took a high interest loan out for Diaz’s Make up army.

  3. Can’t wait.

  4. well, it’s not like it can be any worst then Prometheus… or Robin Hood for that matter, he’s due for something decent again after those two.

  5. Thanks to my friend Greg Hemenez

  6. Fassbender is a very talented actor. It is his natural acting (not overacting) in any role that makes him tick to many movie goers. He delivers excellently even with simplest roles.