PHOTO CAPTION: Michael Fassbender and PenĂ©lope Cruz in The Counselor
PRESS STATEMENT FROM 20TH CENTURY FOX:
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"Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott brings together Academy-Award winners (couple) Javier Bardem and PenĂ©lope Cruz in his latest gripping drama thriller The Counselor along with Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz.
"Bardem and Cruz have through the years proven themselves to be versatile actors playing a variety of compelling characters, in The Counselor, the award winning couple is at it again playing enticing characters never seen before on screen. Penned by Cormac McCarthy, The Counselor follows the life of a respected lawyer who is tempted to enter a murky and dangerous world to make some quick cash but had led him in an inexorable path to disaster. Although he receives warnings about the potential dangers of getting involved, The Counselor just couldnâ€™t be swayed.
"Bardem who has won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his chilling portrayal of a sociopath killer in No Country for Old Men, which McCarthy also wrote is once again back in McCarthyâ€™s envisioned world in The Counselor as Reiner. Bardem as Reiner is a larger-than-life nightclub owner who brings The Counselor (Fassbender) into the shady deal of quickly amassing large amount of money. Reiner straddles two worlds: the extravagant and decadent realm of a nightclub owner, and the brutal, lawless and merciless criminal underworld that is rapidly closing in on The Counselor, and on Reiner. Reiner appears to possess special insight into The Counselorâ€™s increasingly dire circumstances, but heâ€™s just as much a potential victim of a life he little understands.
"Bardem found McCarthyâ€™s script for The Counselor both intriguing and powerful, and relished being back in McCarthy terrain again. Says the actor: â€śItâ€™s rare to find material where lengthy scenes of dialogue can evoke such powerful images. I was immediately hooked. I knew that for an actor this dialogue was a gift.â€ť
"As The Counselor finds a way out of this dangerous depth, an unplanned series of events lead to dead ends for both him and his fiancĂ©e, Laura (PenĂ©lope Cruz). Cruz, an Academy-Award winner for Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona plays the vulnerable Laura in the movie.
"Cruz and Fassbenderâ€™s first scene together, which opens the film, conveys the depth of their feelings for one another, through an intimacy rarely depicted on screen. â€śThere is spectacular heat in the charactersâ€™ relationship, and we experience that right away in that opening scene,â€ť says Scott. â€śItâ€™s the kind of intimacy that goes from zero to sixty in no time at all.â€ť
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"Adds McCarthy: â€śI donâ€™t know when was the last time I saw a film where two people I love, made love. Itâ€™s apparently a thing of the past. So I thought I would try and bring that back. The opening scene is graphic, and the two characters speak like adults.â€ť But their joyous engagement is marred by the dangerous world of which The Counselor has become a part. Laura is beautiful and naĂŻve; she sees the best in everybody. Her intelligence and foresightâ€”and her love for The Counselorâ€”are no match for his descent into the rabbit hole, and they both face tragic consequences if the deal he has made with unseen, powerful forces, goes south. â€śLaura is what he prizes most,â€ť says McCarthy. â€śWhat happens to them is unspeakable.â€ť
"If thereâ€™s an innocent in this story, then it is Laura, a beautiful woman with whom The Counselor, says Fassbender, â€śhas fallen profoundly in love.â€ť
"Stylish, sexy and dangerousâ€”The Counselor will open November 13 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros."
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