Topping the box office results and grossing 30 million or so a week right now, Gravity is getting the attention it deserves. Enjoy a few behind-the-scenes facts about the making of the movie, followed by a pictorial mini-spread of each of the two headliners.
Lost In Space
According to IMDB, Sandra Bullock spent six months with director Alfonso Cuarón reviewing every detail of the script and physically training for her role in Gravity. Cuarón, who also wrote and produced the film, described the central theme as “the possibility of rebirth after adversity.” I don’t want to go much further for fear of spoilers, but I deeply appreciated this theme while I was experiencing the beauty of the scenes.
I also wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for everyone; the intensity is not for the faint of heart. It is not so much a movie about space or space travel, but it speaks metaphorically about life and death. The action is indeed breathtaking at times, but at its core, I believe the content was focused on exploring emotional and spiritual transformation.
Movie Mates: Cuarón and Cameron
Close friend of Alfonso Cuarón James Cameron is a huge fan of Gravity. The film actually waited in the wings for a few years before the technology was finally at a level where the full vision and impact could be delivered seamlessly. James Cameron’s landmark movie Avatar was a signal that the time had come. Cameron was also a fan of Sandra Bullock’s performance:
“She’s the one that had to take on this unbelievable challenge to perform it… There’s an art to that, to creating moments that seem spontaneous but are very highly rehearsed and choreographed. Not too many people can do it. … I think it’s really important for people in Hollywood to understand what was accomplished here.”
-James Cameron on Sandra Bullock’s role in Gravity
Casting Ryan Stone
Angelina Jolie was the top casting pick and accepted initially but dropped out. Natalie Portman reportedly turned down the role shortly before announcing that she was pregnant. Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Abbie Cornish, Carey Mulligan, Sienna Miller, Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall and Olivia Wilde were all considered as well. In the end, Sandra Bullock was cast. I can see how they might have been wary about Sandra’s rom-com M.O. but now I can’t picture it any other way.
Curator’s Note: Yes, that’s a picture of her on a toilet… I always prefer images that are interesting and thought-provoking to run-of-the-mill poses. I also chose it over an adorable candid photo of Sandra and her son, but I’d much rather spread art produced out of the collaboration of a consenting model and creative photographer than a lucky shot by a trailing paparazzo. I hate to picture celebrities being followed while they attempt to run errands with their children.
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