Sandra Bullock Not First - Or Even Fifth - Choice For 'Gravity'
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“The toughest aspect (of filming) was gravity. We had to have the actors floating around the way they would react in space and there is no resistance in space and we needed to invent a new set of tools to achieve that,” Cuarón explained. “The journey of inventing those tools is what took a while.” Four-and-a-half years to be exact. And while the process wasn’t always a walk (or rather or whirl) in the park, it did teach Bullock a few extra life lessons. “It was frustrating, scary, exhilarating, humbling… But mostly, it just pissed you off. It took away all your control, and your crutches and forced you to (surrender),” she added. “But I have gotten to that point in my life where I know I am absolutely out of control, and if anything should happen other than what I do, than that is all I have got. And even if I am not always controllable.” “Gravity” opens in theaters Friday
The same way Bullock, who for the most part eschews the trappings of Hollywood, has managed to become such a huge celebrity, who can seemingly do no wrong. If ever there was a contest for "America's sweetheart," the actress would be tough to beat, since that has been her moniker for the past few years. Examine the evidence: Bullock is a woman who -- at the height of a devastating marital breakup from Jesse James in 2010, when lurid tabloid headlines appeared about his alleged affairs -- shocked the world with news that she had secretly adopted an African-American son from New Orleans. Not only was it surprising that the Oscar-winning actress had such a tight circle that she was able to conceal a monumental personal moment, but unlike some other celebs who had been criticized in the black community for transracial adoptions, Bullock and her decision were mostly embraced.
Sandra Bullock hails law limiting paparazzi: 'Children should not be sold'
She's been very outspoken about the fact that she would give it all up, the career and the fame, if it wasn't good for her son in any way. "I don't want him to have pressures brought on by what I do. I will quit. I will leave," she told Vogue. "If I see whatever I'm doing affecting him negatively, I will pack up and move to Alaska." Which probably helps explain why the self-professed homebody would much rather be spending time with her toddler than working the press, as she did recently at the premiere of "Gravity." In the Alfonso Cuaron-directed film, she plays Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her first space mission. The movie calls for Bullock to be in some pretty out-there situations, but she told CNN at the premiere that being on the red carpet was extreme enough for her.
Sandra Bullock Says She and George Clooney Rapped Competitively on Gravity Set
Well, you've gotta pass the time somehow! Sandra Bullock and George Clooney made the most of their downtime on the set of new film Gravity, learning the lyrics to the Sugarhill Gang classic "Rapper's Delight," the actress revealed on LIVE with Kelly and Michael on Thursday, Oct. 3. The longtime friends would compete to see who could remember the most of the wordy lyrics, she added. "I've got to give it to him," the 49-year-old actress told the morning show hosts. "There's a couple words -- the bridges -- that I chose not to learn. I'll give it to George. George has about 98 percent of that song down, in the eight minute version."
Sandra Bullock, the star of some of the most important and popular films in Hollywood history, will receive the Hollywood Actress Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards -- the first awards show of the 2013 season -- on Oct. 21 at the Beverly Hilton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. (The Hollywood Film Awards is owned by affiliates of THR parent company Guggenheim Partners.) Previous recipients of the Hollywood Actress Award include Drew Barrymore (1999), Angelina Jolie (2000), Nicole Kidman (2001), Jennifer Aniston (2002), Diane Lane (2003), Annette Bening (2004 and 2010), Charlize Theron (2005), Penelope Cruz (2006), Marion Cotillard (2007 and 2012), Kristin Scott Thomas (2008), Hilary Swank (2009) and Michelle Williams (2011).
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Of course, it is difficult to discuss that time in Bullock’s life without recalling the ugly mess that immediately followed. Only days after the Oscars, tabloid reports emerged that Bullock’s husband, motorcycle builder turned reality-TV star Jesse James, had been enmeshed in an extramarital affair. Bullock canceled a Blind Side promotional appearance in Europe for “unforeseen personal reasons” and fell off the radar as the story roiled for weeks. James would apologize for causing “pain and embarrassment”; the pair was divorced within months. From any angle, it looked like an agonizing nightmare, played out in public. Bullock won’t get into specifics of the split or X-ray its details. She understands the fascination, but she isn’t going to examine it all. There is little doubt that the episode only furthered the public’s affection for her; more than ever, her audience stood behind her, eager to pick her back up. But a few years removed, Bullock is intent on letting the past stay in the past. “We’re all where we’re supposed to be,” she says now. “I am exactly where I want to be now. You can’t go backward. I’m not going backward. I’m grateful that I’m here, blessed to have what I have. Nobody can be prepared for anything. If you end up in a place where you can look back and go, ‘It happened, but I’m so lucky to be sitting where I am sitting. . . .’ ” Bullock doesn’t complete the thought, but it is clear what she means.
On working together:
Sandra: “I’ve always wanted to do a female buddy film, the kind the guys get to do. This didn’t have anything to do with getting a guy, and it didn’t involve shoe shopping…I’d seen Bridesmaids, and I said, ‘If Melissa McCarthy wants to work with me…’ The first week I was like, ‘What is she doing? That’s not in the script.’ I was the lone actor, jack-of-one-trade, in a room full of improv actors and stand-up comedians. I mean, you should just listen to the stuff that comes out of her mouth.”
Sandra: “Having kids connected us on a deeper level. And the things we’re obsessed with outside of being a mom are the same, too: construction and house renovation…. We’re kindred spirits in that world. If we had a beer den, with Barcaloungers—but our version of that—it’d be great.”
Melissa: “There’d be fabric swatches everywhere. And reclaimed wood.”
Sandra: “Every single second of every single day…I don’t know if I feel like a bad mom, but at the end of the day I’m always plagued with, did I do enough? Should I go in a different direction? But I also know that my entire life revolves around Louis.”
Melissa: “It plagues me. I feel intensely guilty for working…You have to be able to provide for your kids. But I feel like it’s a weird modern phenomenon that you always feel guilty for it.”
Sandra: ”We’re adults, and we’re fair game—not that I like being photographed going in and out of school in my sweatpants. But I instinctively throw things over Louis’s head….He doesn’t like [the paparazzi]. He gives them the stink-eye, and they’re like, ‘That’s such an angry kid,’ but I look at them and say, ‘Only when you guys are around’…I don’t raise Louis in Hollywood. I raise him in my world. To me the good thing about living in L.A. is diversity in lifestyle choices, color, and religion. I want Louis to look around and see every color under the sun. I also have the luxury of splitting my time between L.A. and Austin.”
Melissa: ”Strangers shouldn’t be allowed to take a picture of your child and sell it for profit. They think, ‘We’re putting out a product,’ but you’re putting out a child….Ben and I have absolutely nothing to do with the Hollywood that’s all actors and the Sunset Strip. We crave talking to people who do different things and are passionate about it. We have some of the most rock-solid, lovely friends in the world.”
Sandra Bullock Performs Naked Intervention on Chelsea Handler
mouth to my ear, to my mouth, out of my mouth, into your ear, down your body, out your vagina, up my vagina and out my a--,” says Bullock at a rapid pace. Bullock tells Handler to “lay off the booze,” and “stop sleeping with your guests.” “That is why I've not done your show -- I do not want sleep with you,” she says.