About The Story
"What I love about this film is that
it has a strong female character," producer Leonard Goldberg
says. "It's the kind of film that we've seen with males before
but never a female. When I first heard the idea for the film I
thought that it had real surprises, and if it surprises me, then
I get interested."
Goldberg continues: "The most important quality that the
female lead had to have was the quality that would make you fall
in love with her because she is going to carry you through this
movie. The qualities I thought of when we cast the role of Libby
were that she is vulnerable but also strong. Vulnerability and
likeability - Ashley Judd was a natural fit, and she's a wonderful
actress." Director Bruce Beresford describes "Double
Jeopardy" as both "an entertaining thriller and an interesting
study of a woman's obsessive love for her son, which I found very
This is a classic story of someone who's been wronged, but I think
if she hadn't lost her son, the obsession wouldn't be there."
"I've always wanted to do a thriller," Beresford continues.
"Mostly I've made films that were character studies or that
explored a particular moment in history that fascinated me. This
is very different from anything else I've ever done."
Judd praises Beresford for his close, personal and low-key approach
to directing and for helping her with her role by "enhancing
my emotional understanding of Libby's isolation and desperation,"
she said. Describing the scene in which Libby makes a telephone
call from prison and discovers that Nick is still alive, Judd
says: "When I, in shock, hang up the phone and start wandering
blankly back to my bunk, instead of what most directors would
go for - some kind of close-up shot emphasizing performance -
Bruce did something different. He tracked backwards and lost me
in the crowd, letting me be overwhelmed by my surroundings and
letting the atmosphere of the place be that much more depressing."
In describing his role in the film, Jones says: "Travis'
professional and personal lives are both pretty much a failure.
He's a former law professor who has fallen on somewhat hard times
and is reduced to being a parole officer. He's cynical, probably
jaded, and really just wants no complications in his life at all.
And, of course, Ashley's character proceeds to complicate his
life." The man responsible for both Libby's misery and, ultimately,
Travis' rebirth, is played by Bruce Greenwood, star of the critically-acclaimed
films "The Sweet Hereafter" and "Exotica"
and the TV series "Nowhere Man." He also starred in
the 1995 miniseries about Ashley Judd's famous country music family
- "Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge."
Greenwood's interpretation of Nick is that he's a man who plays
hardball in business, but that he doesn't start out as a bad person.
Nick and Libby's marriage "came out of love originally and
stayed that way for a long time," Greenwood says. "No
marriage is perfect, but we have a pretty good thing going - a
beautiful child, a terrific art collection and a lot of high-powered
friends, but my ambition gets in the way."
Nick is willing to jettison his wife, his friends and his very
identity in the service of his ambition. But he won't part with
his son; thus ensuring that Libby will never rest until she tracks
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