'The Counselor,' partially set in El Paso, opens in theaters; read reviews

EL PASO, Texas - "The Counselor," written by former El Pasoan Cormac McCarthy and directed by Ridley Scott, is now in theaters.

According to IMDB, it is a thriller that stars "Michael Fassbender as a struggling lawyer who becomes embroiled in the drug trade ... Fassbender's character, known only as The Counselor, is brought into the cocaine trade by career criminal Reiner (Javier Bardem), while Brad Pitt's shady Westray helps him acquire $20 million."

Last year, Pitt was shown in an on-set picture from London holding a mock up of the El Paso Times with a headline about headless bodies being found in Mexico.

The film also stars Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz.

The El Paso Times reported earlier this year that a crew for "The Counselor" filmed a pick up shot for the movie in South El Paso.

"The Counselor" marks the screenwriting debut of former El Pasoan Cormac McCarthy who is known for his novels "The Road" and "No Country for Old Men."

"In 'The Counselor' ... it's the first Cormac McCarthy screenplay," Bardem told Collider website of what attracted him to the role. "Then knowing that Ridley Scott is going to be behind the camera. This sounds fun and creative. So far it's been an amazing experience."

Cruz told Collider that the script blew her away. She plays a European girl living in America.

"I read the script, and after three pages I was completely blown away by how new this feels.  It's Cormac McCarthy's first script. Not based on any book, its just a script.  And it's an incredible piece for actors, all the characters are incredible.  All the scenes are very long scenes, a lot of dialogue, scenes that have a beginning and a transition.  You can travel with each scene, you have the space and the time to really go through a journey with each scene; and that, for actors, it's a big privilege to have scenes like that.  Then we started talking about it and playing Laura, who is one of the–how do I tell you without saying? Yeah, but it's a character that has always chosen the light.  Has very particular ideology, is a very religious woman, or has been educated like that and is starting to have doubts about some things.  Or, also starting to feel a curiosity toward the darkness. Also knowing that there is a very big, real danger there.  Life is putting her in that situation where she's tasting the darkness."


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