Southern Man is a 1998 psychological drama directed by Rick Rosenberg. In the film, L.J. (Mark Withers) is a lonely struggling actor who has just endured his best friend's death. With the death of his only friend and a career that is going nowhere, L.J. decides to leave and head home to Nashville, Tennessee, his home town. On the way home, L.J. suffers an emotional breakdown, remembering all sorts of repressed memories from his childhood. These sudden memories create a need for L.J. to right some wrongs he feels have been done to him in his lifetime. With this new mindset, L.J. heads to the home of Lauren Jessup (Ella Vierling) with the intentions of kidnapping her young son, Jeffrey (Jesse Head), and making her father, Jacob Jessup (Jack Betts), pay the ransom. The kidnap victim was chosen intentionally, and Lauren wants to know why this man would kidnap her son. Why did L.J. target the Jessup family?