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Sandra Bullock Has a Premonition

Published March 13, 2007 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Columbia Pictures.
Sandra Bullock has a lot to deal with in Premonition. The days are going out of order and her husband dies in the middle of the week, so she's bouncing between trying to save him and making the funeral arrangements. For the actress, continuity was the least of her concerns.

Sandra Bullock on Premonition

"You always shoot out of order in a film anyway and your days are out of order," she said. "I had a really hard time and I take great pleasure in saying I thought I was going to loose it. I went to the director and said, ‘I’m having a hard time. I don’t know what to do.’ And the smile on his face when he heard that, ‘No, that’s exactly where you need to be.’ And I was like, ‘No, it’s not.’ But, I loved working with this director and understood completely the method to his madness that in my unraveling, in this little bubble that we had for three months, I felt like, ‘OK, I’m gonna be fine.’ It’s just a hard thing to put yourself in a state of grief like that for three months and not think you’re going to cough up some of your own stuff. It’s not healthy, but it was exciting to think, I hope at the end, that he got what he needed."

With such high drama going on amid the supernatural occurrence, Bullock had to measure her performance. "We played the levels right. It was getting the levels right. Is she just pure grief here? When does the grief go into denial and anger? When does she get mad at the affair? It wasn’t pretty. It would be nice if it all had been linear. It would have made more sense. I don’t think there is a way to shoot this film in a linear fashion."

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Coming right off another time bending film, The Lake House, Bullock found Premonition even trickier than the magic mailbox. "So much of what is woven in the story is in the visual and was the director’s job. My job was to have the right emotion and what would she do in this situation? It was all about me. And I don’t mean that, but it was all about what is Linda going through at this point? What would she do with her kids? What wouldn’t she say? Why doesn’t she say anything to him? Because he’s going to think she’s crazier. They are already distant when the film starts. There is already trouble there. If I bring up these visions is he going to leave me? There has been a lot going on before the film started. So, we did a lot of that kind of talking. Why would she choose not to or why would she? And we said a lot of this happened in the years preceding this very moment. And that was nice in working with Julian [McMahon] and Mennan [Yapo] is that we came up with our own story in what put us in this place. So, you feel it when you see it, but you don’t know it until the pieces get together."

Ultimately, the events unfold through Bullock's character's perception. That was an exciting responsibility, but ultimately a taxing one. "I was miserable. I had such a hard time. I really had a hard time with it. But, I think anyone who would have done that and you stay at that level for three months, you’re bound to bring it home in a way and go, ‘I don’t know how to get out of this.’ And on top of it, wanting to be a good actor, wanting to give the director what he needs. ‘This doesn’t make sense. I don’t know if I did this right. What level do you need?’ And I’m sure I drummed up some of my own stress and drama, but in the end I was glad it was with Mennan at the helm of it, because there wasn’t one moment where I felt I was going to fall of a cliff. I felt like this man was in control of the ship and I felt very good about that."

Premonition opens to theatres on March 16th.

For the poster, trailer and more movie info, go to the Premonition Movie Page.

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