Speaking to EW last fall, weeks before the opening of a little heart-warmer of a movie called The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock Ã¢â¬â who had reemerged earlier that year from a two-year hiatus with her biggest hit ever, the romantic comedy The Proposal Ã¢â¬â predicted that her newly reinvigorated career would soon cool down again. She brushed off The ProposalÃ¢â¬â¢s success as a cosmic fluke: Ã¢â¬ÅI donÃ¢â¬â¢t pump my fist in the air. I donÃ¢â¬â¢t want anything karmically crashing down on me.Ã¢â¬Â She dismissed the idea that she might score an Oscar nomination for The Blind Side: Ã¢â¬ÅThe stuff that I migrate to isnÃ¢â¬â¢t the stuff that wins awards.Ã¢â¬Â And she vowed that she would be off the publicÃ¢â¬â¢s radar again in no time, holed up at home, with Hollywood at a comfortable distance. Ã¢â¬ÅTrust me, people are going to be like Ã¢â¬â¢Get her away,Ã¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬Â she said. Ã¢â¬ÅAnd I will go away. IÃ¢â¬â¢ll be quiet again after this.Ã¢â¬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. Ã¢â¬ÅSandra Bullock is the golden girl,Ã¢â¬Â a top film agent says flatly. Ã¢â¬ÅSheÃ¢â¬â¢s getting offered all the scripts that matter. Everyone is rooting for her. IÃ¢â¬â¢ve never seen anything like it.Ã¢â¬Â
Whether by design or by accident, BullockÃ¢â¬â¢s choices signaled a new clarity of purpose, and Hollywood was ready to take her back. Ã¢â¬ÅEveryone loves a story of someone who redeems themselves from crap,Ã¢â¬Â says one veteran industry exec. Ã¢â¬ÅIn Hollywood, everyoneÃ¢â¬â¢s worked on crap, so itÃ¢â¬â¢s like, Ã¢â¬ËOh, 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!Ã¢â¬â¢Ã¢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. Ã¢â¬ÅFrom the minute we saw her in Speed, she just had this quality that people want to be around,Ã¢â¬Â says Bradley Cooper, who costarred with Bullock in All About Steve. Ã¢â¬ÅItÃ¢â¬â¢s like being around a source of light.Ã¢â¬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 doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t want to do romantic comedies. As she told EW last fall, she just doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t have the stomach for them anymore: Ã¢â¬ÅWe all know relationships donÃ¢â¬â¢t work that way,Ã¢â¬Â she said, laughing. Ã¢â¬ÅItÃ¢â¬â¢s a lie! ItÃ¢â¬â¢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. Ã¢â¬ÅYou have really high peaks and you have some valleys,Ã¢â¬Â she said. Ã¢â¬ÅThe nice thing is that something like The Proposal gives you is you get to say, Ã¢â¬ËOkay, IÃ¢â¬â¢ve done it. Something wonderful happened.Ã¢â¬â¢ But you canÃ¢â¬â¢t always have wonderful things, one after the other so just be happy with what youÃ¢â¬â¢ve got and thatÃ¢â¬â¢s it.Ã¢â¬Â
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