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Sandra Bullock on The Proposal

Published June 15, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Touchstone Pictures
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Sandra Bullock fans may finally get to see what they’ve been waiting for in The Proposal. If Fire on the Amazon left you disappointed in the lack of actual ogling opportunities, The Proposal actually leaves Bullock more naked, even though she’s strategically covering her naughty parts.

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“Well, sadly, my first and last nude scene got laughs, so I had to be very secure with that,” Bullock said. “It was all about choreography. I mean, literally when you read it on the page you saw it and then you said, ‘Okay, there’s no way to shoot this unless you’re buck naked. ‘ And then I went go to the gym, cut out the carbs, but if it turned out funny it was worth it. I’m glad it made people laugh, shooting it was odd, and there are things stuck to areas that generally you don’t have. I mean you have things covering you, but not stuck to it, and then they got unstuck and oddly we didn’t care, because we were so tired. Anne [Fletcher, the director] was like, ‘Your vagina is hanging out, cover it up.’ I’m like, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”

Perhaps equally embarrassing was a scene where a male stripper (Oscar Nunez) lap dances her, or the one where her future grandmother-in-law (Betty White) fondles her breasts. “When you put it that way, I go, ‘God, I mean we shot a soft porn.’ Let me just say, Betty White feeling me up was the best second base I’ve ever had. She was tender yet firm, found them instantly which is not easy. She was cupping, gentle, loving, and just, I felt satisfied after. Then when he had to do his scenes, I had to sit there and take it. However close he wanted to give it, I took it. When he was on the floor and he had to do that unta, unta, I was looking in his eyes on the chair, I just had to sit there, and I saw his eyes go from, ‘Oh my god, I’m so exposed’ to, ‘I’m going to give you my gift, I’m going to give you my gift.’ It was hard for me not to laugh, and to not feel pain, because I couldn’t contribute in any way, shape or form. “


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The romantic comedy may seem like familiar territory for Bullock, but she had actually been avoiding it for a while. “I’d stop doing them six, seven years ago, so I just stopped. They’re terrible. They’re bad. They’re not funny. So they shouldn’t be a romantic comedy, and most of the time they’re not romantic. So they shouldn’t be called romantic comedy, they should be called that other kind of film. I don’t call this a romantic comedy. It reminds me of the films of like the ‘30s and ‘40s where there was a landscape and a story and drama was allowed to be in there and you can’t have good comedy without drama in it and they don’t generally write well for women in romantic comedies. I love my comedy too much to bastardize it with bad romantic comedy. So I was like okay, that’s done, I’m going to find another way to work and do it in a way that I love, so I’m not calling this a romantic comedy. I’m going to call it a motion picture.”

Seeing her mean side as the bitchy boss might startle some of Bullock’s fans, but she says she’s been keeping secrets this whole time. “Yes, I’m a good actress, that’s why you know me as likeable. I am a bitch. I am a horrible, evil bitch. But I’m a good actress, so I can act like a really sweet person. Everyone’s got it in them. It’s such a joy to be able to play someone who is angry. It’s a joy, it’s a relief. Having to be nice all the time is like, oh my god, it’s exhausting and it’s boring. But to play someone who just has that under layer of this unhappiness, you know it comes from someplace. There’s a crack in the veneer, but to play it, for three months I could be a bitch and people were like, ‘Why are you that way?’ I’d be like, ‘It’s my character. I’m in character, I don’t have to apologize being this way. I take it home with me, I’m a bitch because I’m working as a bitch. It’s in my contract. ‘And you know what? It was pure heaven. I love it, and we all have it in us. People who do comedy are really the nastiest people on the planet.”

The Proposal opens to theaters on June 19th.

For the trailers and more movie info, go to the The Proposal Movie Page.

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