Fassbender Spits Strange Game in a Clip From Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 08:14 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Fassbender Spits Strange Game in a Clip From Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

A new clip from The Counselor turns a bit of panty-shopping between two very attractive people into a surreal scene that, like almost everything we've seen from Ridley Scott's latest, practically oozes bad intentions.

That The Counselor would focus on some unsavory folks and feature truly terrible consequences for said folks was clear as soon as we heard that Cormac McCarthy wrote his first original screenplay.  McCarthy is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood Meridian, No Country For Old Men, and The Road, so a certain bleakness is expected.

This clip, or "viral footage" as its officially called, gooses the film's increasingly familiar sense of dread with a bit of erotic strangeness.  The Counselor, played by Michael Fassbender, stops to do a bit of underthing shopping for a ladyfriend.  The upscale shopkeep, played by Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones), keeps a sharp eye on her customer, and their subtext-laden exchange gets straight-up weird as it goes along.  It's unconventional, but also hypnotic and laced with peculiar meaning.

We'll leave it to GQ to explain what makes this footage viral and whether or not that means this clip is in the actual movie.

The Counselor follows the title character, a successful Southwestern lawyer, who decides to play in the sandbox of international drug smuggling.  When he gets himself involved in the movement of $20 million worth of cocaine, it's only a matter of time before his dalliance in the illicit goes wrong, leaving he and his associates scrambling to avoid the repercussions.

Over the decades, Scott has more than established himself as one hell of a visual stylist, crafting some of the sharpest images around.  He's often on shakier narrative ground, but working from a screenplay by a no-fuss storyteller like McCarthy ought to take care of that.

As if the combination of Scott and McCarthy weren't enough, The Counselor boasts a pretty ridiculous cast.  Fassbender, on a hot streak, leads a group of thespians that also includes Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, Goran Visnjic, John Leguizamo, and Rosie Perez.

We recently saw a clip from a dialogue scene between Fassbender and Pitt, which you can view by clicking right here.

The Counselor hits theaters on October 25th.


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