Pretty woman Julia Roberts chose to go au natural and forgoes the glamour in Secret In Their Eyes, available today on DVD and Blu Ray.
Secret in Their Eyes is a powerful and unforgettable thriller based on the Academy Award®-winning film El Secreto de sus ojos (Best Foreign Language Film, 2010) that will have audiences riveted until the last mind-bending twist. With a star-studded cast and an Oscar®-nominated writer-director at the helm, Secret in Their Eyes on Blu-ray™ and DVD includes feature commentary by the filmmakers, a look behind the scenes at the making of the movie and an exclusive interview with actress Julia Roberts.
Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman (The Hours) and Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich) star in this intense thriller that explores the murky boundaries between justice and revenge. A tight-knit team of investigators — Ray (Ejiofor), Jess (Roberts) and their supervisor Claire (Kidman) — is torn apart when Jess’s teenage daughter is brutally and inexplicably murdered. After obsessively searching for the elusive killer every day for 13 years, Ray finally uncovers a new lead that he’s certain will resolve the case. No one is prepared, however, for the shocking secret that will reveal the enduring, destructive effects of personal vengeance on the human soul.
Julia Roberts gives a powerful and moving performance in Secret In Their Eyes. The 47- year old Academy Award winning actress who rarely takes on roles these days (she’d rather stay home with her three children) was immediately drawn to this one because it was so raw and real.
In the original film and its novel source material, Roberts’ pivotal character was male and grieving the loss of his wife. Writer-director Billy Ray (Breach, Captain Phillips) was searching for a leading man, too, until he says he heard a rumor that Roberts “was looking for a part she could disappear into.” Ray sent Roberts his script of a remake with a suggestion that the critical role could swap genders. The rest is history.
After meeting with Ray, Roberts wanted to make one critical change for the character proposing that the victim would have to be her daughter. It would make the pain more realistic, and make it completely understandable where she was coming from and why she would be more than obsessed with finding the killer.
Roberts had some very intense scenes to shoot, but nothing came close to filming the scene when she finds her character’s daughter in dead in a dumpster. It undoubtedly helped that her husband Danny Moder served as the film’s cinematographer so that she had someone to get her through.
Just before the film was released theatrically, Julia Roberts spoke about getting through some of the tougher scenes, why she wanted this role and working with her famous cinematographer husband, Danny Moder.
SECRET IN THEIR EYES: BLU-RAY™ and DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Adapting the Story for Today’s World
Julia Roberts Discusses Her Most Challenging Role
Feature Commentary with Director/Screenwriter Billy Ray and Producer Mark Johnson