“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” is Sandra Bullock‘s first return to the big screen since her 2009 Oscar-winning role in “The Blind Side” and while she says she wasn’t sure if she was ready to start working again following the scandal surrounding her marriage to Jesse James, she also says that the book “Extremely Loud” is based on resonated so profoundly that she had to be involved.
“Painfully, you learn quickly in life that sometimes there are no answers and you learn to make peace with that, which is a lifelong struggle,” Bullock tells the Los Angeles Daily News, of her life post-scandal.
But she adds about the movie project, “Everywhere you turned there was great commitment to telling the story,
and you don’t get that very often. The book resonated so
The movie is about a boy (Thomas Horn) who lost his father (Tom Hanks) in the Sept. 11th attacks. Bullock plays the boy’s mother, who is so overcome by her son’s grief that she wishes she was the one who had been killed instead.
Bullock says she prepared for her role by listening to voicemail messages and phone calls that those trapped in the World Trade Center towers left for their loved ones.
“The last messages were so inspiring because somehow those who knew that their lives were going to end managed to leave hope and inspiration and kindness and calm for those that they were leaving the messages for. I didn’t understand it. I didn’t know how it could be done, but that last message would be something like, ‘You’ve been amazing. You’ve been a great husband or wife. I’ve never loved like that before. The kids are going to be amazing. It’s all going to be OK.’ The people who are dying were reassuring those who are going to be left behind,” says Bullock.
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” opened in limited release on Christmas Day. It opens nationwide on Jan. 20.