Ridley Scott Shuns Sci-Fi For Drugs Drama
Ridley Scott has said it was a refreshing change to swap spaceships and explosions for a gritty morality tale in his latest film.
The British director, best known for science-fiction movies such as Blade Runner and the Alien franchise, tackles the dark underworld of drug trafficking in The Counselor.
Speaking to Sky News at the film's world premiere in London, he said: "It's pretty much a departure from what I have done before.
"There's no spaceships, there's no explosions, there's no bombs going off. I love the fact it just focuses on the characters and their journey and their dilemma."
Based on an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy, The Counselor stars Michael Fassbender as a lawyer who finds himself over his head as he delves into the world of drug cartels.
The film is already attracting a lot of Oscar buzz, with Fassbender a hot favourite for a best actor nomination at next year's Academy Awards. It is believed his film 12 Years A Slave will also put him in contention for a golden statuette.
After missing out on a nod at the Oscars two years ago for Shame, he told Sky News a nomination would be "the icing on the cake".
Known for taking on troubled characters in his films, Fassbender said he does not purposely set out to play dark roles.
"I don't have a litmus test for the darkest role, I just like the script and story, I don't know why this is happening, it might be time to do a comedy," he explained.
The Counselor sees married couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem reunite for the first time since Woody Allen's Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona. It also stars Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz.
Production on the film was halted in October last year following the death of Scott's director brother, Tony, who took his own life.
It is thought The Counselor will be dedicated to the Top Gun director.