In Our Brand Is Crisis, Sandra Bullock Shows Us What She Can Really Do

13 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

George Clooney Slams Donald Trump as “Idiotic” for Comment About Mexican Immigrants.

The Oscar-winning actor and director is calling on Hollywood to cast more women in parts originally conceived for men in order to increase the diversity of female roles in the film industry, according to Entertainment Weekly. “There’s a lot more [roles] out there if people just started thinking,” he said. The actor/writer/director/producer told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival that he put the idea into practice on his own film, “Our Brand Is Crisis.” The script about an American who consults on foreign political campaigns was languishing in development hell around Hollywood until Sandra Bullock showed interest in the lead role.” “The minute she called and said she wanted to play the role that had been written as a man,” Our Brand was no longer in crisis and on the track to actually getting made. —__ George Clooney has said that Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s description of Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “criminals” was “idiotic”.

Clooney made the suggestion at the premiere of Sandra Bullock’s upcoming drama “Our Brand In Crisis,” which he is producing, at the annual Toronto Film Festival. Playing Jane Bodine, a notorious, down-on-her-luck campaign strategist who travels to Bolivia for one last job, Bullock operates in a marvelous middle-ground between the old slapstick, wry comedy stuff she’s so famous for and the serious fare befitting someone with an Oscar.

You know, it ends up working out very well for the film, but that wasn’t, you know, we weren’t that good.” “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” he said at the time. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. Among the topics discussed: South American elections, Hollywood sexism, hair-root grow out and whether Bullock (who has a mooning scene in the movie) could ever use Clooney as a “butt double.” (“George is a lot less hairy down there,” Bullock says. “Baby bottom. Presidential and Canadian parliamentary election campaigns — was lucky. “We were not looking into it as being a political statement,” Clooney said. “(It’s) about the human condition and how we are packaging and selling everything in a very specific way.” The film, which premiered at TIFF Friday night, stars Bullock opposite Thornton as political strategists that bring U.S.-style campaigns to Bolivia. But the sad thing is that there is still that tendency.” Hollywood has stepped up efforts in recent years to cast women in roles traditionally held by men or, in some cases, that were originally played by males.

Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are headlining a widely publicized reboot of the previously all-male “Ghostbusters,” and MMA star Ronda Rousey has signed on the fill the shoes of the late Patrick Swayze in a remake of his B-movie classic “Road House.” Similarly, Charlize Theron is widely perceived to have stolen the spotlight in one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” from her ostensibly male lead co-star Tom Hardy. Directed by David Gordon Green, the film is a political comedy starring Sandra Bullock as an American election strategist who is invited to Bolivia to help a senator win a presidential election.

A 2014 study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University found that only 15% of that year’s top 100 films had women in lead roles, which was barely an improvement on three years prior. It is based on the 2015 documentary of the same name by Rachel Boynton, which focused on the campaign marketing that helped Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada win the Bolivian presidency in 2002.

Her character, a quick-witted depressive with an alcohol addiction, was originally male, before she requested that Clooney and his co-producer, Grant Heslov, switch the part’s gender. We still have some climbing to do.” “We’ve all known each other since long before we had jobs in this business,” she said. “The nice thing is we still like each other, we still admire each other … it’s nice and the challenges, there aren’t any, because we disagree well. Variety editor Ramin Setoodeh called it ” ‘Miss Congeniality 3’ set in Bolivia.” “Brand” does teeter unsteadily between manic comedy (mooning!), political satire and an earnest, late-in-the-game injection of serious soul-searching. This is funny Bullock, but it’s also pensive, wounded Bullock—a curious cocktail that I’d like to see more of from America’s favorite movie star.

So that’s a nice thing after all these years to be able to still say.” “It’s just like being tethered to her,” Clooney joked, referring to Gravity, about working with Bullock, whom he affectionately called Sandy throughout the news conference. “We had fun. Who doesn’t like Sandra Bullock, who can be marooned in space or goofily investigate low-life Boston crimes with Melissa McCarthy with equal aplomb? Bullock is, it turns out, a terrific actress—she may play fewer notes than Meryl Streep or Nicole Kidman, but she finds so much variation, sharps and flats and whatever other terms we can use to belabor this metaphor, in her range.

Bullock implied that one way for women to get access to richer, less stereotypical roles might be to ask studios to switch the gender of parts written for men. Jane is a jumble of idiosyncrasies, both hard-to-like and irresistible, respected and feared for all her political acumen, but also derided, shunned for her mental messiness.

In a review that praised Bullock’s “top form” performance, Lee said: “Her comic timing, wasted in lesser, plane-ready comedies, is on top form and she imbues her neurotic character with more than the thinly sketched quirks provided on the page”. This is the vein that Bullock should keep pursuing: chances to be Sandra Bullock while also working her way into a character, into a film, that isn’t operating on one prescribed level.

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