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Continued: Defying gravity with Sandra Bullock

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 27, 2013 - 3:40 PM

Bullock spent six months in physical training to prepare for shooting. She underwent a transformation to suggest that her character, who is plagued by memories of a private tragedy, had consciously stripped away her femininity, becoming “a shell of a woman.”

“You’re getting your story not just from what the humans are saying but visually what’s happening,” Bullock said. “What is her background physically, emotionally, how is she in that environment?” Working for much of the shoot in high-tech solitude actually helped her identify with the character, she said. “The technology was helpful because you would feel so frustrated, so lonely, so panicked about the long time you’re attached to something and you can’t use your body the way you’re used to.”

It wasn’t all hardship. Bullock’s star perk on the film set outside London was a play area for her 3-year-old son, Louis. Clooney’s was a tiki bar.

“Both my children knew exactly what they wanted,” she said with a laugh.


Colin Covert • 612-673-7186

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