Magazine article Screen International

Sandra Bullock's 'Our Brand Is Crisis' Role Originally for a Man

Magazine article Screen International

Sandra Bullock's 'Our Brand Is Crisis' Role Originally for a Man

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Bullock, who plays political strategist and master of spin Jane Bodine, said she had approached the writers and personally requested for the change in the character's gender.

"What I'd like to comment on is the fact that I was able to say, 'Would you be willing to take a role that was written and that you guys have cherished and worked on for a long time and developed a long time and change it to a female? And there was not a lot of hesitation," Bullock said.

"We still have some ways to go but I don't mind being the one to ask, 'What have you got that you haven't made yet that you'd be willing to change for me?' the Gravity star said.

"Hopefully, I mean, what would be very helpful is if this film has a level of success that makes a studio go, 'Okay, this is a viable thing for us, and we want to make more of this for women out there.'"

In Our Brand Is Crisis, Bullock's character isn't beholden to familial or romantic obligations or hang-ups, a refreshing departure from the fates many female characters are subjected to in films. One journalist in attendance at the press conference asked Bullock whether she thought that this had anything to do with the fact that the role was originally written for a man.

Bullock assuredly explained that if those tropes or types of storylines had made their way into the film, she would have had them removed.

"It had no place in that. It had no bearing on the story or the character. So I was real happy to avoid those subjects."

Flaws and all

Moderator Richard Crouse asked Bullock what drew her to the role that she plays in the film, and what propelled her to so doggedly pursue it. …

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