Sandra attended Our Brand Is Crisis Los Angeles Premiere held at TCL Chinese Theater. She wore J. Mendel dress and Jack Vartanian jewelry. Pictures were added to the gallery:
Sandra will be making several TV appearences in order to promote Our Brand Is Crisis:
October, 28: Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon;
October, 29: Live with Kelly and Michael;
October, 29: The Ellen Show.
Our Brand Is Crisis will premiere in Los Angeles today, October 26, 2015. Stay tuned.
Sandra Bullock’s latest character, “Calamity” Jane Bodine, is a ruthless political consultant given to rattling off guileful quotes from Sun Tzu and Machiavelli. She’s damn good at her job, tends to pull frat-boy pranks when on a bender and couldn’t care less if she doesn’t have a date lined up. In Hollywood shorthand, she’s as ornery as Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke and wilier than George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven. And if Jane Bodine sounds two steps beyond tomboy, that’s because she was a he in the original script for Bullock’s new film, Our Brand Is Crisis, in theaters Oct. 30. Inspired by pugnacious political hit man James Carville, the role called for a swaggering archetype–Clooney was once attached to the part–which is exactly why Bullock wanted it for herself.
For generations, top actresses fed up with playing the adoring wife or eye candy have bemoaned the relative dearth of meaty roles for women–the kind that bring Meryl Streep awards acclaim on an annual basis. Despite Bullock’s Best Actress Oscar for The Blind Side and a worldwide box-office take of nearly $5 billion, she struggled in recent years to find challenging scripts that didn’t ask her to don another spacesuit for a Gravity copycat or play another thorny-on-the-outside but goofy-on-the-inside singleton. Where were all the great roles? Apparently, they were sitting in Clooney’s slush pile. So she asked her agent to start sending her parts written for men.
“I thought of it a couple years ago before I did The Heat, when I was looking for comedies,” Bullock says on a recent morning at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, sipping tea with Our Brand Is Crisis producer Grant Heslov and director David Gordon Green. “I said, ‘I want to do what Jim Carrey’s doing.’ I was looking for something he didn’t want.”
Sandra attended Our Brand Is Crisis Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bervely Hills, CA on October 17, 2015. Pictures were added to the gallery:
Sandra covers the November issue of Glamour US. She talks about fame, co-stars and, of course, her son Louis. You can pick up the November issue of Glamour on newsstands October 13. I’ve added the scans to the gallery
Zoe Kazan: This role was originally written for a man. Is it true you asked to see scripts for male roles?
Sandra Bullock: Yeah. My agent said, “Let’s just start reading the scripts.” She came up with this one. I read it. She goes, “Should we ask them if they’re willing to make it a female?” I said, “Yeah.”
ZK: How did that thought occur to you?
SB: I did as my mother did: I put my blinders on and blazed forward. Sometimes you get a no. But I expect the no. I don’t expect the yes. With this I got very nervous. I didn’t know if George had made this for himself. But the response was “We’re cool with it.” And then the role—I mean, it was so beautifully written for a man. It wasn’t one of those things where you go, “Hmm, how do we change it to a woman?” You just change the sex; that was pretty much it. She’s human. She deals with addiction; she deals with mental illness. She’s brilliant at what she does, and she gets lost in the fact that all she cares about is a win. You look at our world—and back to my son: How do you raise a child to not make it all about the win when all we see in our world is people saying, “In order to have success, you have to win”?
Sandra was spotted chatting with friends at Subway in Sherman Oaks on September 16:
The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival is in full effect, and Team InStyle is bringing you all the action straight from the fest! We teamed up with our sister publications People and Entertainment Weekly to build a pop-up portrait studio in the heart of downtown Toronto, where we’re interviewing and photographing all the biggest stars of the fest.
Friday afternoon, the cast of Our Brand Is Crisis stopped by, including Sandra Bullock, Zoe Kazan, Scoot McNairy, Grant Heslov, and David Gordon Green.
“She is complicated, but she is also incredibly brilliant at what she does,” Bullock says of her character in the film–a movie about the use of American political campaign strategies in South America. “She is able to do what she does without her conscience stepping in up to a certain point, and you see what happens when that shift is made when someone gets in and allows her to see the repercussions and the ramifications of what she’s done and she has to look at that. You wonder is she going to look away or is she going to ignore as she always has and keep going through?
What’s up next for the star? Only time will tell! “It was two years before I found this [role] and it might be another two years before I find something else. I don’t know what I am looking for, but I am just looking to get into the car pool lane on time and not get fussed at,” says Bullock, who is mom to son Louis. “That is really my goal right now. If a good role comes along, that is icing on the cake.” – InStyle
Sandra attended Our Brand Is Crisis press conference at 2015 TIFF yesterday, September 12. She was joined by George Clooney, David Gordon Green, Grant Heslov and costar Zoe Kazan. You can watch the conference by clicking on the video below:
Sandra talked about filmmakers’ willingness to re-think the main role for a female:
“You know what, there is so much talk about that right now and it is getting heightened, which makes me very happy. What I would like to comment on is that I was able to say: ‘Would you be willing to take a role that you cherished and worked on for a long time and change it to a female?’ And there was not a lot of hesitation. So that hopefully shows a shift in the climate for women in film.”
She also shared her view on the movie:
“It is about big business and how easily people are manipulated or advertised to in order to sway opinion. And we thought that was very interesting to discuss.”
Pictures from the press conference and photocall were added to the gallery:
Our Brand Is Crisis premiered and had a screening at 2015 TIFF this friday, September 11. Sandra looked absolutely stunning in a David Koma dress and Anita Ko earrings. Pictures were added to the gallery:
Our Brand is Crisis, which will have a debut at 2015 TIFF later this week, got a first trailer and poster. The film is directed by David Gordon Green and is set to be released October 30, 2015. For now, you can check it’s trailer and poster: