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Sandra Bullock is All About Steve

Published September 3, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox
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If you think All About Steve looks like just another Sandra Bullock romantic comedy, you’re wrong. I’m not even going to be diplomatic about it, you’re just incorrect. Bullock didn’t even mind releasing spoilers to tout her films difference from the rom-com genre, but I’ll give you the spoiler warning before the quote, in case you do want to preserve the unique surprises of All About Steve.

Sandra Bullock on All About Steve


“This isn’t a romantic comedy,” Bullock said. “Why should it be? It’s just as loving, funny and unique without needing her to end up with the guy, and that’s the reason I made the film. Why does [my character] Mary Horowitz have to end up with the guy to be a complete woman, but we don’t do that to men? Why can’t we women have a diverse selection of comedies to play in and be actors in and make people laugh with? Why do we always have to end up being the woman who, thankfully, gets the guy? She could have had Steve, if she wanted. She just didn’t want any more of that. If I can do anything, in this time of my career, I want to make it easier for other actresses and girls who are growing up to go, ‘I get to be a part of a comedy or an action film or a romantic comedy or a thriller or just a romance, without having to wind up with someone to complete us.’ I complete me. I just got lucky that, after I completed myself, I met someone who could tolerate me. I love good romantic comedies. There just aren’t a lot of them. But, I love comedies, and I’ll never stop doing them.”

Mary Horowitz is an oddball character, with frosted blonde hair and big red boots. Bullock relished her quirks. “It’s an amalgamation of our writer, Kimberly Barker, and a 3 ½-year-old little girl that I spend a lot of time with. There was the shag hair-cut. We’d try things on and they wouldn’t work, but oddly, that worked. There was the evolution of the red boot. The boot was written as a red boot, but there are so many different ways to go with a red boot, as we women now. But, that was the right way to go, and that was $14.95, off of Shoe.com. It was genius. I had an idea of what her body felt like and what she was going to look like, but that’s how it came together. I saw Mary that way. Kim Barker looks very much like that. I don’t think she would wear the red boots, but she has that shaggy blonde hair. And, the 3 ½-year-old that I love so much is very much like that. When I read it, I didn’t see me. You read something and you go, ‘If I were me in it, it wouldn’t have the same lightness and sweetness.’ I didn’t think you could suspend your belief as easily, unless I went, ‘Okay, wipe out everything you know of me, as much as you can, and here’s this sweet person, based on several people that I think are pretty amazing and special.’ It’s just what comes to you.”



Perhaps Mart Horowitz is more like the real Sandra Bullock than the America’s Sweetheart image that made her famous. “It’s that part of us that we’re told to lose once we become an adult. It’s that freedom of expression, joy, excitement and innocence. I had a lisp that I had to get rid of, and I had to have speech therapy. I just go, ‘Why? Why did I need to get rid of a lisp?’ It’s that whole, ‘What is normal?’ thing. Why can’t we embrace adults like her? We’re very excited to embrace children like that, but we don’t trust adults who are naive, kind and happy. We want that jaded, cynical and street wise. Why is that? We think we have all these flaws, but Mary Horowitz didn’t think she was flawed. Society made her feel flawed and question how she lived her life. She questioned it and made everything all about Steve, thinking, ‘I must go on this path because that’s what society says,’ and she realized it wasn’t right for her. But, she met others like her that validated that they aren’t flaws. They are unique traits that make special human beings.”

Mary does follow Steve across the country based on one aborted date. That could be considered stalking, which is more of a legal matter than a social one. “It depends on what side you’re looking at it from. It’s not a he said, she said. But, she heard society saying, ‘You’re not living a normal life,’ so she started to doubt herself. At the same time, this guy says, ‘I wish you could be with me, but you have a job.’ She doesn’t think twice about that, until she loses her job and says, ‘Maybe it’s the universe saying that I need to go in this direction. I was invited.’ And, as Angus said, Steve should have just told her to get out of the car, if he didn’t want her in the car.”

All About Steve opens to theaters on September 4th.

For the trailer, stills and more movie info, go to the All About Steve Movie Page.

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