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"The man spends more time working than he does pranking."
"We both have known each other a long time, we knew how hard this was going into it. George doesn't prank when it's not appropriate," Bullock says of Clooney, who plays veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky opposite Bullock's newbie Dr. Ryan Stone.
It's an unusual and risky film, with just two on screen stars and much of the movie belongs to Bullock alone yet an $80 million budget, the majority of which went to the movie's bleeding edge digital effects.
As a newly single mom to adopted son Louis, Bullock somehow found it in herself to take on the most demanding role of her career, one in which she'd spend 10 hours each day trapped inside a tiny room.
"You realize (the isolation) can be your friend in an odd and perverse way," Bullock says. "You're in pain, you're frustrated, you're lonely, you're claustrophobic, it's dark, you're waiting for an hour by yourself while they're figuring something out " you have all that time with your own head."
Bullock's career has been riding a rocket of its own in recent years, with a couple of wildly successful comedies (2009's The Proposal and this year's The Heat) and an Oscar win for 2009's The Blind Side. Gravity came Nike Air Vapormax Explorer to Bullock at a time when she was going through an emotional free fall, shortly after the much publicized 2010 collapse of her marriage to motorcycle customizer and reality TV star Jesse James, who had cheated on Bullock with several women.
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"I didn't realize by not working what they meant was they couldn't get the camera to stop as it's moving at your face at 25 miles per hour," she says. "And remember, I'm locked in from the waist down."
It was a physically, mentally and emotionally challenging experience. Yet it wasn't until Bullock saw the finished film for the first time last month at the Venice International Film Festival that she realized the magnitude of what Cuaron had accomplished. "I needed some time to digest it because I had no idea it was going to be that profound," she says. "I could not believe this is what I got to be a part of, and this is what I got to make."
As you might guess from Clooney's second billing in the film's credits, the bulk of Gravity belongs to Bullock. Although her scenes with Clooney were very technically demanding, she was glad for the company while shooting them. But when Clooney wrapped on the movie while Bullock still had many weeks of solo work left, it was like a sudden solar eclipse. "When he left, it was dark," she says. "The crew was sad, we were all very sad because now we go back to our dark, lonely, black space existence. George took the party with him."
Gravity star Sandra Bullock says that while she and her co star Clooney didn't specifically declare a moratorium on tomfoolery during filming, it was definitely all business when the cameras were rolling on director Alfonso Cuaron's high tech, high tension space drama.
cameras that were mounted on rotating robotic arms and, at its centre, a series of uncomfortable harnesses that Bullock was strapped into. Nearly every background element and even many of the props and costumes were added in digitally afterwards.
"And he did. Various stars had expressed interest in the role of Ryan Stone at one time or another, including Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman, but the project stalled as Cuaron and the film's producers tried to work out exactly how they were going to shoot the thing. Being as Earth is cursed with an abundance of gravity, convincingly portraying the lack of same on screen is no small feat.
absolute, infallible precision.
Sandra Bullock has a reputation for being down to earth. That changes as of now.
It was new, untested technology, and at first it didn't always work. Bullock was grateful that she was kept in the dark about some of the kinks that needed to be ironed out before shooting began.
Gravity, opening in theatres Friday, tells the story of two American astronauts neophyte medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) and veteran commander Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) who are Nike Vapormax Gold Black
stranded in orbit when debris from a destroyed satellite damages their space shuttle and cuts off their communication with mission control on Earth.
"It was like choreography. Completely," she says. "And once I got that solidified, I was able to sort of let go and say, 'OK, now I'll bring emotional life into it, and we'll start letting that come out.' "
Clooney cuts down on pranking while on set
George Clooney is a man with a fantastic sense of humour. But Gravity was no place for levity.
"It was a big lesson in trust. Trusting that the leader had a very clear and distinct vision of what was going to end up being on the screen," Bullock says of Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron, who also helmed 2006's dystopian drama Children of Men and 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
By suspending Bullock inside the cube and having the camera and the light source move around her, it gave the illusion, once the backgrounds were digitally added in post production, that she was floating in space. It meant every scene had to be meticulously planned out in advance, and Bullock had to move her body with Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Wolf Grey / White / Chlorine Blue / Photo Blue
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