Speaking to EW last fall, weeks before the opening of a little heart-warmer of a movie called The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock â€“ who had reemerged earlier that year from a two-year hiatus with her biggest hit ever, the romantic comedy The Proposal â€“ predicted that her newly reinvigorated career would soon cool down again. She brushed off The Proposalâ€™s success as a cosmic fluke: â€œI donâ€™t pump my fist in the air. I donâ€™t want anything karmically crashing down on me.â€ She dismissed the idea that she might score an Oscar nomination for The Blind Side: â€œThe stuff that I migrate to isnâ€™t the stuff that wins awards.â€ And she vowed that she would be off the publicâ€™s radar again in no time, holed up at home, with Hollywood at a comfortable distance. â€œTrust me, people are going to be like â€™Get her away,â€™â€ she said. â€œAnd I will go away. Iâ€™ll be quiet again after this.â€
Studio executives and film producers are courting her for every remotely suitable starring role available, in projects from a Disney family fable called The Odd Life of Timothy Green to Our Wild Life, a drama about an elephant orphanage. â€œSandra Bullock is the golden girl,â€ a top film agent says flatly. â€œSheâ€™s getting offered all the scripts that matter. Everyone is rooting for her. Iâ€™ve never seen anything like it.â€
Whether by design or by accident, Bullockâ€™s choices signaled a new clarity of purpose, and Hollywood was ready to take her back. â€œEveryone loves a story of someone who redeems themselves from crap,â€ says one veteran industry exec. â€œIn Hollywood, everyoneâ€™s worked on crap, so itâ€™s like, â€˜Oh, look! This woman who made all these crappy movies can come back! So even though I swim in a sea of crap, I too can come back!â€™â€
The fact is, thanks to the intangible chemical reaction that creates stardom, Sandra Bullock has always had a knack for making audiences fall in love with her. â€œFrom the minute we saw her in Speed, she just had this quality that people want to be around,â€ says Bradley Cooper, who costarred with Bullock in All About Steve. â€œItâ€™s like being around a source of light.â€
Now, with the Oscar, two big hits, and a massive outpouring of public support buoying her, the question remains where Bullock will go from here. She has stated on many occasions that she doesnâ€™t want to do romantic comedies. As she told EW last fall, she just doesnâ€™t have the stomach for them anymore: â€œWe all know relationships donâ€™t work that way,â€ she said, laughing. â€œItâ€™s a lie! Itâ€™s a lie!
Speaking to EW last October as, unbeknownst to her, the roller coaster of her life was tick-tick-ticking up the crest of a hill, Bullock sounded philosophical. â€œYou have really high peaks and you have some valleys,â€ she said. â€œThe nice thing is that something like The Proposal gives you is you get to say, â€˜Okay, Iâ€™ve done it. Something wonderful happened.â€™ But you canâ€™t always have wonderful things, one after the other so just be happy with what youâ€™ve got and thatâ€™s it.â€
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