It’s hardly been two months since Ashley Judd and husband Dario Franchitti decided to pull the plug on their 10-year marriage, but the newly single actress was already turning heads on the red carpet on Monday, March 18.
The Olympus Has Fallen actress, 44, wore a low-cut, skin-tight teal Herve Leger dress that accentuated her enviable figure. Judd practically glowed as she greeted her costars — including Morgan Freeman and a very appreciative Gerard Butler, 43. Read more: usmagazine.com
There’s a moment in Bug during which I was so significantly moved, I almost crumbled in my theater seat. It comes when Agnes (Ashley Judd), the worn out, drug abusing, but still beautiful (in that way only certain kinds of damaged women can be) realizes she might be a alone again. As her newfound future partner in psychosis, Peter (Michael Shannon) leaves her; she closes herself in her seedy motel bathroom and sobs.
But there’s more to the story…
Ashley Judd (“Tooth Fairy,” “Double Jeopardy”) stars as a single mother raising a troubled son in Warner Bros.’ heartwarming family adventure, “Dolphin Tale.” The film is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin named Winter and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life.
Judd remarks, “I didn’t really know anything about Winter before I became involved in the movie, so it was an exciting process of discovery. As soon as I finished the script, I went to seewinter.com to look at her. I couldn’t wait to meet her, and it was even more magical and moving than I anticipated.”
In the film, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter’s prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle—a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world.
Judd plays Lorraine who is worried about her son, Sawyer, until she is introduced to the thing—or rather being—that has altered the course of his life. Judd explains, “Lorraine finds out that Sawyer’s been spending every waking moment at an aquarium and he’s in a whole new dimension about which she knew nothing. She goes from being understandably upset to seeing with her eyes, and feeling with her heart, the profound changes in him that are all happening because of his friendship with Winter.”
“Ashley conveys the warmth and concern of a mother facing the challenges of raising her boy on her own,” director Charles Martin Smith says. “Then when she sees the bond between her son and this dolphin, the look on her face tells you everything. Ashley is really a wonderful actress.”
Judd has equal praise for her director. “Charles Martin Smith is a filmmaker I greatly admire. ‘The Snow Walker’ is one of my all-time favorite movies, so the opportunity to work with him was very appealing. And this film seemed like something I would enjoy doing, as well as a project I will always be grateful to have been a part of. I appreciate the theme that the found family—the chosen family—is an important part of our sense of community. I also like the principles espoused by Clearwater: that an animal should be rescued, rehabilitated and, if appropriate, returned to the wild. That is very congruent with my personal values.”
Judd plays Helen Leonard, a professor of music, who has secretly suffered from depression for many years, unbeknownst to her husband (Goran Visnjic from “E.R.”) and daughter (Alexia Fast). When she has a sudden breakdown, her condition comes out in a way that drives her family apart, and Helen ends up finding a friend and confidante in Lauren Lee Smith’s Mathilda, a talented student who suffers from a similar level of depression.
It’s not exactly light entertainment as much as a movie that should be of interest to anyone who has faced depression or had friends or family who suffered from the condition. The movie also sports another unforgettable performance by Judd, similar to her appearances in other indie dramas like Joey Lauren Adams’ Come Early Morning and William Friedkin’s Bug.
Earlier this week, ComingSoon.net sat down for an interview with Ms. Judd who can be quite intimidating, not just because she is quite beautiful but also because she’s incredibly articulate and clearly knows what she’s talking about when it comes to how clinical depression affects different people. There really was no room to joke around or slip-up during this interview, that’s for sure!