It's the first original screenplay from legendary author Cormac McCarthy. It's directed by the iconic Ridley Scott. And it brings together ELLE cover star Michael Fassbender, ELLE cover star Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. The Counselor is a veritable explosion of talent.
A convoluted, unpredictable, uncomfortable film, the story follows the eponymous counsellor (Michael Fassbender, seen here in exclusive pictures from the film), a straight guy who succumbs to the temptation by collaborating with Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt on a drug deal, which goes horribly wrong.
Bardem gives the performance of his life (and that's quote a benchmark!) as very physical nightclub owner Reiner against Fassbender's straight-guy protagonist. Both stars told ELLE how much they loved the process of working together. "He's great," Fassbender said. "If not my favourite actor, he's up there in my top three. I think he's amazing."
Mr Bardem, by way of return, told ELLE many great stories about Mr Fassbender (check out the interview in ELLE December 2013 issue) but also this: "Sometimes as an actor, when youre playing the scene you are in a different emotional place [to your co-stars]. But when I work with Michael, when they say action he is in that place that I want to visit in the scene. I just have to follow him."
Cameron Diaz also brings it ALL to the table, as Reiner's predatory girlfriend Malkina... hard, brittle, cruel and terrifyingly good in the role.
Sometimes the story veers off on tangents that never get r More