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Is Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' Going To Be A Kubrick-Esque Space Odyssey'? Sandra Bullock Calls It "Big, Isolating & Profoundly Silent"

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by Drew Taylor
December 20, 2011 2:15 PM
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While talking to MTV about her Oscar bait-y weepie "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Sandra Bullock revealed a few more details about the immensity and technological prowess of Alfonso Cuaron's forthcoming 3D sci-fi thriller "Gravity." She seems kind of at a loss for words, but basically it's going to be some seriously next level shit.

Bullock began by describing what it was like filming "Gravity," which took place in a giant, dark soundstage (not a surprise since the film is almost entirely set in outer space). "You would walk onto set and it was so isolating," Bullock told MTV. "The first day on set, all you see is this large black arm that I realized is what made the cars in Detroit. We called it Iris. And there was a cube of lights with a metal contraption in the middle. They said, 'That's where you're going to be.'"

Clearly was not the kind of set where you kick back and relax. "I was either locked in it or strung from a 12-wire rigging system," Bullock said. Since she was all alone in this giant rig, they had to figure out a way of communicating things to her. Bullock explained: "Everything I did was through audio. We had an earwig system made and we chose sounds that were either ominous or sounded like space."

Set on a remote space station, the story begins as a team of astronauts are on an expedition outside the station, but only the team leader (Clooney) and his female colleague (Bullock) are left alive after an exploding satellite kills the other members of the crew, setting off a desperate race home for the latter to get to her child. That said, Clooney really only appears in the film (at least in the script we read) for about twenty minutes, meaning Bullock spent most of the shoot all by herself. "I never had a human to interact with until George showed up. And when he left it was like the great vacuum."

And it seems that it was as taxing psychologically as it was physically. "It was isolation like I've never experienced in my life," Bullock said. "It required training and workouts like I never thought I'd be capable of, but you had to in order to sustain what they wanted your body to do."

When asked to give a sense of what "Gravity" will actually become, Bullock became genuinely tongue-tied. "I don't know, it is going to be so profoundly silent and big and loud and I don't know how to explain because I have never seen anything like it," Bullock estimated.

She later added: "There are no words in my mental dictionary to describe what it was, but when you see it you'll just be like, 'Oh my effin' god.' " With the scope of the production even impressing Guillermo Del Toro, Bullock's inability to fully encapsulate the immense technological leap of "Gravity" has us truly excited for the film, which seems that will seem to blend hard sci-fi, technical wizardry and popcorn entertainment all in one package. We'll find out on November 21st, 2012.

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  • chase | December 20, 2011 4:15 PMReply

    I feel like her description of what this films going to be like is Jodie Foster's reaction in 'Contact' when she's sent in the shuttle to the other planet.....

    "You should've sent a poet..."

  • padre | December 20, 2011 3:32 PMReply

    But Kure, I'll be spending those other weekends on other movies, including watching 47 RONIN (MY MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIE OF THEY YEAR!) again. The Year of Our Lord 2012 is hellaciously packed. After two weekends of 47 RONIN, which is just barely enough to satisfy me for MY MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIE OF THE YEAR, comes The HOBBIT. Then the pile up of December 21, which will be a true nightmare. Gravity probably won't even be in theaters by the time of DJANGO. So, sorry dearest Sandra, but I'll be catching your movie on dvd.

  • kure | December 20, 2011 3:05 PMReply

    you do know padre,that movies do play on other weekends as well?????

  • padre | December 20, 2011 2:55 PMReply

    I love Sandra Bullock. She is a true superstar, second only to the awesome Jolie. But her movie is opening against 47 RONIN, my MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIE OF THE YEAR. So, sorry Sandra, but I'll be catching your movie on dvd.

  • MRX | May 21, 2012 9:33 AM

    Suck it.
    http://collider.com/47-ronin-release-date/161950/

  • Padre | January 26, 2012 10:57 AM

    I hope a drunk and disoriented Aussie swings by and posts at 2am Sydney time, not realizing this is a movie site or that he is posting 5 weeks late. Oh magic lamp, (and new Playlist format) make that comedy gold happen!

  • mrX | January 26, 2012 10:32 AM

    Ronin in November? Good luck with that mate.

  • jimmiescoffee | December 20, 2011 2:42 PMReply

    2012 is looking amazing. this may be my #1 anticipated.

  • kure | December 20, 2011 2:28 PMReply

    well if you read the script,like i did then you know that its a fucking masterpiece.its non stop thriller,action in a huge fucking space.nothing else needs to be said

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