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Sandra Bullock’s Age Helped Her Beat Blake Lively to Grab Second Oscar Nomination for $723M Movie That Nearly Killed Her While Filming

Sandra Bullock’s Age Helped Her Beat Blake Lively to Grab Second Oscar Nomination for $723M Movie That Nearly Killed Her While Filming

Gossip Girl alum, Blake Lively, has come far since the show ended in 2012. The decade that followed has brought her numerous great roles and just as many misses. But Sandra Bullock’s Gravity might just be the greatest missed opportunity of all for the actor and business owner. The 2013 film that still leaves goosebumps in its wake celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, but the power and charisma that Bullock and George Clooney brought on to the screen could have been very different today had Lively not been younger than the Bird Box actor.

Sandra Bullock in Gravity
Sandra Bullock in Gravity

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Sandra Bullock’s Age Secured Her Casting in Gravity 

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity posits as one of the best representations of sci-fi space adventure drama to be ever produced on the big screen. Not only does the film use advanced equipment to recreate simulated environments that show the wonder and the terror of being cast into the abyss of space but Cuarón also manages to capture the disturbing horror through the eyes of his protagonist of what it means to truly be lost.

Gravity (2013)
Gravity (2013)

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Sandra Bullock emotionally wrecks her audience with her performance in this film, earning a second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Her incredible ferocity, which so well defined the character and arc of Dr. Ryan Stone, was unilaterally acclaimed by critics. However, at the time of casting for the role, Bullock was dealt heavy competition from actors like Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, and Angelina Jolie.

As it turns out, the director was explicitly searching for someone a bit older who could convincingly present a more wary, veteran look to her character, thus securing Bullock the part in Cuarón’s award-winning drama against her other contenders.

Sandra Bullock Suffers Psychologically While Filming Gravity

The extraneous circumstances under which Alfonso Cuarón filmed Gravity involved putting Sandra Bullock through months of isolation, stuck inside a 9 ft box to simulate the requisite environment, and obscured from sight or awareness of her surroundings because of the complete darkness in which the set was covered – the filming process brought her close to a psychological breakdown. Bullock recalls that the short three weeks that she filmed with George Clooney were a lifeline: “When he left, I have never been hit with depression like that.”

“My situation was somewhat like the situation the character was in. There’s no one around, you’re frustrated, nothing works, you’re in pain, you’re lonely, you want someone to fix everything for you but they can’t – all those things I was feeling.”

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney on the sets of Gravity
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney with Alfonso Cuarón on the sets of Gravity

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Speaking of the grueling filming process, she said:

“That was the most frustrating part. You thought you’d executed it properly then you’d hear ‘Sandy…’ in the earpiece, and either Alfonso or Tim would say: ‘At 16.5 seconds, your hand was three inches too far forward, it needs to come back.’ Literally, if you were one inch out of place you had to start over. If you were two seconds too long in the scene, you had to start over. It was so angering and nerve-racking, but you just kept doing it till you got it right.”

In the end, she sustained so many injuries from being strung up on harnesses almost 10 hours a day that she needed to visit a physiotherapist who she claims, “put me back together.” The shoot which was expected to be over within a year took 4 years to complete and Sandra Bullock learned to look at the experience in a more positive light at the end of it.

Gravity is available for streaming on HBO Max.

Source: Movie Web

Written by Diya Majumdar

Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, Diya Majumdar now has more than 1200 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and an obsessive collection of Spotify playlists