Sandra Bullock goes for political satire in “Our Brand Is Crisis”

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Free Movie Passes: OUR BRAND IS CRISIS.

The star plays an election consultant in a heated feud with a rival in her latest movie Our Brand Is Crisis, a part intended for a man until she approached producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov about making the character a woman. “It would be great, I think some roles belong to the male sex and some belong to the female sex, I just think writing wonderful stories that embrace and support women is needed.

A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Bullock). George Clooney walked the red carpet at the premiere with his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, while Billy Bob Thornton, who plays Sandra’s sparring partner in the film, sported a sleeveless t-shirt and cowboy boots. In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition.

Billy Bob, who was recently seen in the hit television series Fargo, said he could see comparisons between the political stage and the Hollywood bubble. “In both businesses and they are businesses, you have to watch what you say, you have to deal with the media a lot and you are trying to sell something. “In Hollywood the stakes aren’t as high, we can pretend we are important all day but we are really not, in politics we are talking about running the world, it’s life and death. Here’s how they pulled it off: Because New Orleans is hardly a dead-ringer for Bolivia, the production spent most of its time in town focusing on interior shots. Filming also took place in Bolivia, but due to what the filmmakers describe as “the practical challenges” of shooting in one of South America’s poorest countries, they shot for only a week there, for key scene-setting shots. Wright, was the hotel room of Bullock’s character, which required no small amount of movie magic. “The room opens up to a balcony and there’s a lot of back and forth between this balcony and the inside of the room,” Wright says in the film’s production notes. “The exterior was shot in Puerto Rico while the set was in New Orleans, so we spent a lot of time trying to coordinate the balcony with a green screen to match the location footage.” On the handful of occasions in which crews strayed from the controlled confines of the film’s New Orleans sound stages, they found that a little Bolivian-style graffiti went a long way. “We searched New Orleans for those tiny wedges of space that, with a little adjustment, could create the illusion of Bolivia,” Wright said. “If something looked particularly American, we would cover it with posters or graffiti.

It not only helped set the scene but served to camouflage where we actually were.” For a crowd scene re-creating a massive Bolivian demonstration, producers put out multiple calls for New Orleans extras. They didn’t really look the part. “New Orleans isn’t known for its large Bolivian population,” producer Grant Heslov said, “so we cast a wide net. And the story itself is “suggested by” an award-winning 2005 documentary of the same name about the work of New Orleans resident James Carville and consulting firm GCS in advising the campaign of former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada.

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