20th Century Fox has released a new clip from Ridley Scott’s The Counselor. The script by Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road and No Country for Old Men) centers on an attorney (Michael Fassbender) who teams with Reiner (Javier Bardem) to sell $20 million worth of cocaine. In the clip, Fassbender’s character has a conversation with a sale clerk (Natalie Dormer) about purchasing women’s undergarments. It’s an incredibly odd scene not because of the content, but because of Scott’s direction. The tone of the scene is almost sinister, and the way it ends almost makes me think there’s an error in the player. The dialogue keeps going but the character’s lips stop moving, so it looks like they have a telepathic bond. It gets stranger from there.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The film also stars Brad Pitt, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, and Goran Visnjic. The Counselor opens October 25th. [Update: The clip is technically "viral footage" whatever that means.]
Here’s the official synopsis for The Counselor:
Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) have joined forces in the motion picture thriller THE COUNSELOR, starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author’s characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer’s one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control.