Hackman plays Rankin Fitch, a jury consultant working for a gun manufacturer, in this legal thriller directed by Gary Fleder from the novel by John Grisham. Fitch provides background information on the jury pool in order to put together a jury that is most sympathetic to his client. He finds himself caught up in the possibility of being able to buy the verdict. Co-starring John Cusack, Rachel Weisz and Dustin Hoffman. On playing a villain:
Well, it’s part of me. What you always try to do is use various things in our personalities that we may not find attractive, but we find them useful.