Sandra Bullock Could Have Injected Love Story Into “Gravity”

    April 14, 2014
    Amanda Crum
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Sandra Bullock was a big part of what made Gravity such a success last year, but director Alfonso Cuarón says her character might have gone down a very different path if he’d chosen to listen to what the studio wanted.

“With making a film it’s like trying to create a tune in the shower while you have a hundred people singing around you. You have to focus yourself in on the tune that you’re trying to create. Because you have hundreds of people singing different songs at the same time around you,” Cuarón said.

The film had an $80 million budget and ended up breaking box-office records, but studio execs reportedly had a lot of suggestions for Cuarón that included how many times to cut to Mission Control and whether or not to include flashbacks in the film. And, he says, they wanted Bullock’s character to have a romantic relationship with the Mission Control commander.

“There’s always stuff like that. But I have to say, with all the people — and we’re talking about the studio — in the end, they were all very respectful because they had a clear view of what we were doing. And I understand all this. You have to understand that in this is the process… in many ways I don’t know how they did it,” Cuarón said.

The movie, which took four years to make, saw a lot of rewrites and proved something of a struggle to finish, but George Clooney ended up being very valuable during the writing process.

“We were struggling with rewrites, we’d stripped everything, a lot of the dialogue; we knew that anything that was going to be said, it was going to have a lot of weight. There was one scene we were doing over and over and over, and George overheard that we were dealing with that,” Cuaron said. “And then one night I receive an e-mail from him, saying, I heard you were struggling with this. I took a shot with the scene, Read it. Throw it out. And we ended up using it. This was exactly what we needed.”

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  • Peter Barney

    Yeah a love fantasy in outer space. She’s looking for many illegal alien.

  • Tallcorn

    I was a little surprised by the headline because Bullock always seemed very sharp to me. But apparently it was the suits that had the idea — that I can believe.

  • debbi

    Haven’t yet seen Gravity – but if Sandra and George are in a love story fantasy in outer space I would give it a 10+ without hesitation. These two I think are tops in the game right now. I have always though Sandra is so versatile from her goofy character in Love Potion No. 9 to the one with Keanu where he lived in the house in the past and it’s a real good one. I also thought she was great in 2 Weeks Notice, the one where she plays with Dennis Leary and he’s a thief of fine art and on and on. Now George I enjoyed when he was so fine and young as Booker on Roseanne and from that point on he’s done everything spectacular – One of the funniest was Oh Brother Where Art Thou – he was too sexy in the one where J-Lo is a cop and he’s just too cool…I guess I’ve got to schedule a time to see Gravity soon.

  • J.C.

    That but ugly bitch does not deserve an Oscar at any time . It can’t act for shit !

    • Michelle Eavey

      @JC: one t in but? butt ugly bitch it’s obvious you’ve seen none of her movies. And you have the balls to hurl an insult, have the brains to do it correctly.

  • http://Portfolio5000.com Jemy Cheers

    I Love you sandy ! great job soo what happen !did i mis something bullockers ?

  • lindy west

    The movie is wonderful and storyline great. Personally, I am glad they did not change it and make it more of a typical Hollywood style Love Story. Nice escape flick for sure.

  • Me

    Extremely poorly made and scripted. Everyone knows there can not be fire in space. Horrible acting from Bullock. Many times she is reading it from the script and it sounds like it. UGH as waste of a good idea.

    • bowman

      Of course there can be fire in space with oxygen as what happened with the MIR fire. It will propogate a little differently. If you mean in vaccuum–no– but the fire in Gravity was inside the station and –yes.

  • Carol Campbell

    Wow, a wide range of feelings about this movie! I loved it. Bullock WAS the movie and I have no complaints about her or her acting. I do have some complaints about stretching my credulity in some of the in-space scenes. All that shrapnel coming at the ship while Sandra was outside in her space suit trying to fix something. She never got hit with even the tiniest piece of scrap which was next to impossible. The way she was whipped and slung around and banged into the ship, but never let go of her grip (also next to impossible). Other things like that which needed some fine tuning. And finally, why didn’t she get an Oscar? Everyone there that night got an Oscar thanks to her – but somehow she got overlooked. I was very sad about that.

    • $6647007

      She has received $70 million from Gravity so far and she will get royalties from the DVD sales as well. She will easily put $80 million dollars in the after it is said and done. She is very financially intelligent.

      • Steve Bodiford

        A gamble paying off is happenstance, not intelligence. Nothing about this movie or its title and, its costar, smacked of guarantees!

  • $6647007

    Two of the best in Hollywood, no doubt. They are great actors, very intelligent, they both have a niche for directing and they are financially savvy!!

  • Steve Bodiford

    I might have enjoyed the movie if that had been a part of the premise. Instead, I listened to a screaming woman (non orgasmic) for 30 minutes rolling and spinning in space. Nothing was compelling about this piece of movie-dom!