Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper face ‘The Martian’ as Halloween spooks box …

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Sandra Bullock goes for political satire in ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’.

LOS ANGELES – While shooting the breeze in an interview suite, Billy Bob Thornton and David Gordon Green are interrupted by a nosy note taker from the North.As they promote their latest venture, Sandra has been reflecting on the beginnings of their friendship. “It was just pretty funny… he was drunk,” she laughed to Access Hollywood. “I know, shocker – the man owns a tequila company.

Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock plays a political spin doctor in satirical comedy Our Brand is Crisis, taking a look at the tactics of election campaigns. Since both fellows are Southern gents – Thornton hails from Hot Springs, Arkansas and Green’s a Texan from Dallas – they rise from their seats to say, ‘How’s things?’ The film is loosely based on a 2005 documentary of the same name chronicling the antics of American consultants hired by a Bolivian president, and his opponent, to engineer election campaigns. The Hollywood actress portrays political strategist Jane Bodine, who is coaxed out of a self-imposed retirement to help boost the campaign of a Bolivian presidential candidate struggling in the election polls. “I think now the curtain has just been pulled back and everyone gets to see it. Luckily the actor stepped in and got the ball rolling between the pair. “When I came out after I spent time with George, George went to him and said, ‘If you don’t marry her, I will,'” Sandra continued. “George is not gonna marry anybody except for Amal.

Anyhow, he was doing Buddy Hackett impressions at a friend of ours’ house.” Also there at the time happened to be a friend of George’s, who Sandra had the hots for. An exhausted Thornton was coming off of a busy schedule that included filming the acclaimed TV series Fargo and co-starring in The Judge with his long-time buddy Robert Duvall. “I was already in New Orleans prepping the movie,” says Green with a grin looking over at Thornton. “So I had to get on the phone with him, and sweet talk him and butter him up real nice.” Apparently, it didn’t take much of either to persuade Thornton to join the fun. For one thing, his role is fashioned around political strategist James Carville who was featured in the documentary. “And I already played (Carville) in Primary Colors,” says Thornton referring to the 1998 biopic of American President Bill Clinton. “So I already know those kinds of guys.” Thornton, an Oscar-honoured writer and director, also appreciated the sardonic script by Peter Straughan and was looking forward to working with Green. “This is one of those movies that make you feel lucky,” Thornton says. “It’s very well written, and when you have cat like David (Green) it’s better.

He let’s you know you’ve been hired for a reason so just go do it, and while you are at it try it like this.” Certainly, the director was thinking creatively by having Bullock and Thornton play off each other but he knew the give and take would succeed because Thornton “can bring an unlikable quality to a likable place.” “And I needed somebody who could match Sandy (Bullock) on screen because she’s a powerhouse,” Green says. “She comes in real strong, and she has that wit that’s always right on the money, so I wanted somebody like (Thornton) who isn’t in every scene but can have an impact when he is.” “We weren’t raised the same but we were raised in the South,” says Thornton of Bullock who grew up in Virginia. “She’s got a regular gal quality to her like the girls I went to school with. “And she has a sense of humour that she doesn’t let her get offended around the guys, so you feel a certain freedom, and that made it real easy.” Indeed, all of the cast members were allowed the same sort of improvisational freedom, including Anthony Mackie, Zoe Kazan, Scoot McNairy, Anne Dowd and Joaquim de Almeida. “It was really a great group of actors who had range,” Green says. “I would throw out some far out ideas and they would run with the comedy, and then we’d say, ‘Hey, let’s restrain it a little’, and then sometimes it would feel right as written.”

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