Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her starring role in the 2009 drama “The Blind Side,” and she is widely expected to get an Oscar nomination for the 2013 sci-fi thriller “Gravity,” but she says she will never turn her back on comedy.
In a Reuters Television interview on Aug. 29, 2013, Bullock commented, “I will do comedy until the day I die: inappropriate comedy, funny comedy, gender-bending, twisting comedy, whatever comedy is out there. Even a bad TV show, if that’s where I have got to go at the end, I will go there if it’s comedy.”
Bullock’s 2013 comedy film “The Heat” (in which she and Melissa McCarthy star as law-enforcement officers with opposite personalities who reluctantly team up) has become one of the biggest comedies of the year. According to Box Office Mojo, “The Heat” (released on June 28, 2013) has so far made $157 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada.
Bullock, her “Gravity” co-star George Clooney, and “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuarón were among the movie’s team members who were at the 2013 Venice Film Festival where “Gravity” had its world premiere on Aug. 28, 2013. The movie has been getting rave reviews, and many critics are predicting that “Gravity” will get Oscar nominations for Bullock, Cuarón (who is also one of the movie’s producers) and the movie’s visual-effects team. “Gravity” is about two astronauts in space (played by Bullock and Clooney) who face a crisis when they are stuck outside of their space station. “Gravity” opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Oct. 4, 2013.
At a “Gravity” press conference at the Venice Film Festival, Bullock said that she and Clooney were not Cuarón’s first choices for the movie, but they lobbied the director and won the roles.
According to Reuters, Bullock said at the press conference that she consulted with astronauts at the International Space Station to do research for the role: “I was asking silly questions, ‘Where do you go to the bathroom?’ and in the end I got a viewpoint of these people who we’ve idolized, these astronauts. And the viewpoint is that they care about life, our life and what we’re doing with it so much – that’s why they’re up there. But I was really honored that they would call me back, and you know they are normal people who do extraordinary things.”
Bullock added, “I’ve handled adversity and I’m sure there’s a lot more to come. I haven’t always acted or reacted in a way that made me proud but I didn’t make that same mistake twice and I think that’s what I love about adversity is that it always reminds me of what’s really valuable in life.”
She also said that her role in “Gravity” was one of the most physically challenging of her career: “It wasn’t a walk in the park for anyone involved, especially Alfonso I mean the immense pressure that he was under, technicians were under, no one knew if this would work until the day I got into the first contraption. Even then they didn’t know if it would work technically or if the actor in the contraption could pull it off, it was a great unknown every single day because we were all in the same boat. “Everyone was in it together. There was no one-upmanship on this film.”
On July 20, 2013, Bullock made her first trip to Comic-Con International in San Diego, by making a “surprise” appearance to promote “Gravity.” She and Cuarón appeared on a “Gravity” discussion panel, did interviews, and she did an autograph session at the event. Clips from “Gravity” were shown to the public for the first time at Comic-Con.