See, in next month's thriller, Fassbender stars a successful Southwestern lawyer who decides to dip his toes into drug-running waters, getting in a deal to move $20 million of cocaine.
The Counselor is the first original feature written by Cormac McCarthy, so obviously the Counselor's plan leads some terrible consequences. When the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist behind The Road, Blood Meridian, and All The Pretty Horses unexpectedly handed his agents an original screenplay, no less a director than Ridley Scott signed on pretty much immediately.
With a director like Scott and a writer like McCarthy, it wasn't long before the top-tier actors started signing on. That's how The Counselor ended up with a cast that includes Fassbender, Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, Natalie Dormer, Goran Visnjic, John Leguizamo, and Rosie Perez.
The new clip, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, finds Pitt's Westray acting as the voice of reason, alluding to Body Heat to make his point.
Like everything else we've seen from The Counselor, this clip is drenched in dread, with a real sense of foreboding.
For anyone puzzled by the Body Heat talk, Lawrence Kasdan's thriller follows a Florida lawyer whose affair with a married woman leads him to agree to murder his lover's wealthy husband. Naturally, bad stuff ensues. Westray specifically references a line from Mickey Rourke's salty dog character Teddy, who, in explaining a plan for some serious arson, asks William Hurt what the [expletive] he's doing, saying that for every decent crime, there are fifty ways to screw up, even if the perpetrator is smart.
From the look of things, Fassbender is no more likely to heed this sage advice than Hurt.
We'll see what horrors ensue as a result when The Counselor slides into theaters on October 25th.