James Cameron Is “Absolutely Floored” By Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’; Sandra Bullock On Film’s “Unnatural Setting”
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 9:00 pm
Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity is certainly living up to its hype. After a couple of trailers, a San Diego Comic-Con panel, and its debut at the Venice Film Festival, there is a growing amount of Oscar Buzz circling this film. Those who have seen the film at the festival, which was held late last month, have given the film plenty of praise, but James Cameron has chimed in to give some praise of this own.
Coming from a guy who has directed a couple of space dramas of his own and the top two biggest box office movies of all time, all this praise can only generate more praise and perhaps fuel its potential for Oscars even further. Hit the jump to see what Cameron said about the film and one of its stars, Sandra Bullock, who also talks about the movie.
First his reaction to the movie itself:
“I was stunned, absolutely floored. I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time.”
On the script:
“I read the script, and I thought it was tremendously challenging to shoot with a high degree of veracity to get the real look of zero gravity. I’m sure Alfonso had a real uphill battle with the studio, with everyone involved, to get it the way it needed to look. But he knew in his mind how it needed to look, and he went after it.”
On Sandra Bullock’s performance:
“She’s the one that had to take on this unbelievable challenge to perform it. (It was) probably no less demanding than a Cirque du Soleil performer, from what I can see.” And of the result, he says, “There’s an art to that, to creating moments that seem spontaneous but are very highly rehearsed and choreographed. Not too many people can do it. “¦ I think it’s really important for people in Hollywood to understand what was accomplished here.”
Speaking of Bullock, here’s what the actress had to say about her character Dr. Ryan Stone:
“There was no way to rely on anything we knew before this film. No character was like Stone, no film set was ever like these sets, not one member of this crew had ever done this before. We all were doing something that had never been done before.”
Bullock on the complexity of the film’s production:
“In the end, all the homework we did had to be let go once I stepped into the apparatus. You had to trust you knew who the character was at that point and just mentally wrap your head around a most unnatural setting for an actor “¦ and make it natural.”
Variety has more on Gravity, which opens in theaters on October 4.