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Fassbender talks ‘unusual’ Counselor script

Michael Fassbender is blown away by how well author Cormac McCarthy wrote The Counselor screenplay.

The actor stars in the drama directed by Ridley Scott alongside John Leguizamo, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz.

The movie’s script is written by No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy and has been touted as “No Country on steroids.”

And Michael, 36, is absolutely taken aback by the unique screenplay.

“[I was] just riveted by it,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

“It was unusual that it was so dialogue-heavy, especially in the industry these days, and just the way [McCarthy] unravelled material, the information, how much he gave to the reader and how much he held back. I thought it was exquisitely done."

Michael’s castmate John agrees with his co-star’s analysis of Cormac’s work.

John, 49, felt privileged to depict his character The Coverall Man in the highly anticipated feature.

"Oh, it was beautiful,” the thespian said of his experience working from a script written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer.

“It was different than other scripts in that it was very character-oriented so it let the characters lead the story and it had language that was very choice…very juicy."

The Counselor is Ridley’s follow up to his 2012 sci-fi picture Prometheus, which also starred Michael.

In The Counselor, Michael plays the titular role of a respected lawyer who dabbles in the drugs business in the hopes that he isn’t sucked too far into the nefarious underworld.

The feature film will reach theatres later this month.

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