Sandra Bullock longed for Gravity role

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Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock admits she longed for a juicy role like her character in 'Gravity' after seeing top actors consistently land gritty parts.

Sandra Bullock longed for a juicy part like her role in 'Gravity'.

The actress admits she struggled seeing top male actors like her co-star George Clooney consistently land parts with depth and felt there was a lack of similar roles for actresses, and so she jumped at the opportunity when offered the role of Dr. Ryan King in the new space epic.

She explained: "I was always longing to do, emotionally and physically, what my male counterparts always got to do. I just felt envious every time I saw a movie that I was in awe of and it was usually a male lead. And those kinds of roles weren't available. They just weren't being written.

"But in the last couple of years, things have shifted. And then, there's the fact that Jonas and Alfonso [Cuaron] wrote this specifically as a woman. It wasn't an afterthought. I think it was the integral part of the story. I don't want to say that's revolutionary, but it's revolutionary. And the fact that a studio, on blind faith, would fund something as unknown as this is revolutionary."

In the film, Bullock plays a medical engineer who is sent on a deep space mission with experienced astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney), but the pair find themselves wandering aimlessly in space when their shuttle is damaged.

The Oscar-winning starlet says she was honoured to land the role and gave her all to the part during filming.

She added to Collider.com: "To be able to be the person to do it is beyond humbling. It makes you realize, 'I have to step up and be the best version of myself, so that whatever is asked of me, I can produce.' So, every day, I'm so grateful."

Gravity

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US/UK
  • 90 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Eric Michels
  • UK release: 8 November 2013

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

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