Grist & Guilt: Dominic & Samuel Express 'Doubt'


Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper take time off from their Marvel movies to team up for the pulpy page-turner of a thriller Reasonable Doubt, in theaters on On Demand January 17, and the pair talks to ETonline about their characters' guilt and moral dilemmas, the frigid temperatures they endured while making the movie, their fave courtroom dramas -- and if Sam's ever tried to get out of jury duty! Watch the video...

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In Reasonable Doubt, Dominic plays up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden, a straight-arrow family man whose life takes a serious turn when he unintentionally commits a hit-and-run. The case ironically lands in his lap, and with a personal stake in it, he feels compelled to manipulate the proceedings to acquit Clinton Davis (Jackson), the accused criminal who was found with the body and blamed for the crime. When Davis walks away without a conviction, Mitch's worst fears come true when he learns that his actions freed a guilty man -- and he may be the next target of a serial killer.

"It's kind of hard to muddy the lines between good and evil with this guy," says Sam about his character. "Does he enjoy killing, or is he killing for a reason, is he killing for a purpose?"

Dominic agrees, saying, "With regards to all the characters in [the movie], I think the moral dilemma and the morality issue within it, the lines are very blurred and it's very gray -- none of them are actually good people, but you can understand the reason behind their actions."

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Also starring Gloria Reuben, Reasonable Doubt is directed by Peter P. Croudins and written by Peter A. Dowling (Flightplan, Antitrust).