Oh Sandy, no. We want our Sandra Bullock strong and charismatic, like in Miss Congeniality, not tragic and broken down by the world, like in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. Luckily a role in the upcoming drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and the encouragement of director Stephen Daldry cured her of the near-terminal case of “chronic Jesse James” Bullock had contracted from her divorce. As the Blind Side star explained to AP, “I was perfectly content to be permanently broken … time-wise. I honestly didn’t think I was in a place where I wanted to work or wanted to step out of where I was. I wasn’t prepared. But the opportunity was louder than my head.” Oh yeah, this sounds like straight-up Speed Sandra Bullock talking now. Which is a good thing.
It might be a surprise to some that Bullock’s invigorating comeback role, the first since her 2010 split, would be that of a 9/11 widow, but the Academy Award-winning actress threw herself into the project nonetheless. “What a way to get back on the horse,” she explained. “It was hard, but it was what it’s supposed to be.” We imagine co-star Tom Hanks’ tender yet stern gaze couldn’t have hurt, either. Sometimes that’s all we can imagine.