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The 5 Best Deleted Scenes, The 10 Best Quotes & More From ‘The Counselor’

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by The Playlist Staff
October 29, 2013 2:21 PM
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10 Best Quotes (Some Of These Also Not In The Script)
To be fair several of the quotes we've mentioned already could go on this list, but here's 10 more regardless.

"God. You have the most luscious pussy in all of Christendom. Did you know that?"

1. “Greed is greatly overrated. But fear isn’t.”—Reiner to The Counselor after the shit has hit the fan.

2. “Still, my guess is that in most cases if you still had the woman you’re weeping over you’d be weeping harder,” —Reiner, as part of the “talking about women” conversation with the Counselor.

3. When asked by the Escort/Banker (Goran Visnjic) how Malkina feels about leaving the Cheetah behind after deciding she will move to China with her money. “You don’t own a cheetah. Silva died. She had a congenital heart condition. Which we knew. Raoul is alive and well in Arizona. He rules over a domain of a thousand hectares and he has a special rock where he can take the sum and watch for quarry. That’s all. Dogs bring people together. Cats don’t. Still, I miss him.”

4. “But here’s what is true. If whole nations are capable of love and hate and greed and envy—which they are—then it’s just more than possible that murder itself can become a collective enterprise. Murder as a national pastime.” —Westray to the Counselor taken from their original conversation.

5. “I think there’s probably only one thing reserved exclusively to the individual. Forgiveness. People as a group can love or hate or admire or malign. But there’s no such thing as collective forgiveness.”—more dark wisdom from Westray to The Counselor.

6. “It was like one of those catfish things. One of those bottom feeders you see going up the side of the aquarium. Sucking its way up the glass. It was just...Hallucinatory. You see a thing like that, it changes you.” —Reiner explains the thing that cannot be unseen.

7. “How about McDonald’s? We can start getting used to our new life style.”—Another line cut from the movie. Westray suggesting where they should meet after he learns that the drug shipment is missing and they are now both fucked.

8. "Convince [them] that this is just some sort of odd coincidence. Because they don’t really believe in coincidences. They’ve heard of them, they’ve just never seen one." — He doesn't quite get it, but Westray's about to make it clear that the Counselor is screwed.

9. “The point, Counselor, is that you may think there are things that these people would simply be incapable of. There are not.”—Westray gives off simple advice to The Counselor about the drug lords.

10. “There is no rule of exchange here, you see. Grief transcends every value. A man would give whole nations to lift it from his heart. And yet with it you can buy nothing.”—The Jefe (Rubén Blades) gives his long eloquent monologue to the Counselor about acceptance; there’s no moves left to play here.

11. Bonus quote.
COUNSELOR: “Did you read this fucking thing?” [meaning the newspaper article about the beheaded biker]
WESTRAY: I did read it.
COUNSELOR: Who writes this shit?
WESTRAY: They’re called journalists. You want to avoid them.

“The Counselor” is in theaters now. – Kevin Jagernauth, Rodrigo Perez, Edward Davis

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15 Comments

  • presley | February 8, 2014 3:57 AMReply

    The "sarcastic dick" does not own a pitbull. It is Presa Canario. Woman who interacts with him also wasn't behind the counter she was in line with him.

  • ewingsc | January 30, 2014 11:08 PMReply

    Fantastic script. Fantastic film - worth watching at least once with the subtitles on

    - even if you speak English.

  • NoOne | January 30, 2014 4:32 PMReply

    Small point: in Reiner's discussion of his ex and the athlete you mention him as a hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers. Reiner says "Oilers." But I believe he is referring to the now defunct football Houston Oilers. They are in Texas after all, no?

  • ArtJ | November 20, 2013 10:06 AMReply

    I saw the film in Mexico and the exchange between Pitt and Fassbender that ends with "But let’s see if we can guess who it is that they really want to kill" was still there. Is there a different cut of the film for international territories?

  • cool | November 6, 2013 6:09 PMReply

    I loved this movie. I think it got seriously unfairly shit on by viewers because it's different than the rest but as this article says its straight up Cormac McCarthy for better or worse. It's disjointed and weird as hell but I loved all of it, feel like it will go down as some kinda cult film and people will slowly start to appreciate it.

  • Washington | November 1, 2013 9:41 AMReply

    Everything everyone seems to hate about this is why it's so interesting to me. Did we really need another generic crime movie anyway?

  • avant576 | October 30, 2013 3:16 PMReply

    The one thing I can't get out of my head is why Westray had brown eyes... Brad Pitt's eyes are very, very blue. Random choice or planned?

  • James | October 29, 2013 6:12 PMReply

    I could be wrong, but I think the shot of the cheetahs inspecting Reiner's body, and Westray's line about "keeping up apppareances" actually are in the finished film.

  • James | October 29, 2013 6:12 PM

    appearances, obviously. Wish we could edit posts here.

  • yer | October 29, 2013 4:56 PMReply

    People just cannot stop talking about this film. Meanwhile half the praised films have come and are long forgotten.

  • Marbles | October 29, 2013 3:58 PMReply

    I'm still mystified at the level of invective directed at this movie. I loved it, and will see it many times. Thanks for the article.

  • tim jackson | October 29, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    I gotta disagree with the naysayers. This is one funny, confusing, disturbing and colorful film, sex mad and seething with impending hideousness. Just like life. My review:;

  • Marbles | October 29, 2013 5:38 PM

    Very good review, and one that actually reviews the film we saw, instead of the action-adventure movie that some critics apparently thought it should be.

  • cirkusfolk | October 29, 2013 3:21 PMReply

    Even though I didn't like the film, I can pick out a few favorite quotes, most of which come from Westray. The one I like the best is "they don't believe in coincidences which is to say they've heard of them, they've just never seen one. "

  • Chris | October 29, 2013 3:03 PMReply

    The first scene with Westray does end with:
    "...But let’s see if we can guess who it is that they really want to kill.
    COUNSELOR: I don’t know. Who?
    WESTRAY: You, Counselor. You."

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