Academy Award Winners Bardem and Cruz in “The Counselor”

Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott brings together Academy-Award winners (couple) Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz in his latest gripping drama thriller “The Counselor” along with Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz.

javier bardem THE COUNSELOR

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 couldn’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 McCarthy’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 Counselor’s increasingly dire circumstances, but he’s just as much a potential victim of a life he little understands.

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 fiancée, Laura (Penélope Cruz). Cruz, an Academy-Award winner for Best Supporting Actress in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” plays the vulnerable Laura in the movie.

Cruz and Fassbender’s first scene together, which opens the film, conveys the depth of their feelings for one another, through an intimacy rarely depicted on screen. “There is spectacular heat in the characters’ relationship, and we experience that right away in that opening scene,” says Scott. “It’s the kind of intimacy that goes from zero to sixty in no time at all.”

If there’s an innocent in this story, then it is Laura, a beautiful woman with whom The Counselor, says Fassbender, “has fallen profoundly in love.”

Stylish, sexy and dangerous – “The Counselor” will open November 13 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.


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