Sandra Bullock talks uncomfortable contraptions and George Clooney’s tiki bar at the presser for Gravity

Sandra Bullock talks uncomfortable contraptions and George Clooney’s tiki bar at the presser for Gravity

"Gravity" Press Conference - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
 

What we learned at today’s presser for space drama Gravity: simulating a zero-gravity disaster takes work. Director Alfonso Cuarón and star Sandra Bullock dished on all the intricate, experimental and downright alien apparatuses employed to mimic an extraterrestrial environment: hydraulic-rigged office chairs; an intricate system of strings and pulleys; and even a crew of puppeteers. “It was like being a part of Cirque de Soleil,” said Bullock, who spent much of the shoot suspended 10 feet above ground in a nine-by-nine-foot cube. “It was genius what they were able to come up with.” In response, Cuarón joked: “We had some advisors from Guantanamo.” Perhaps the most impressive on-set build, though, was the indoor garden and playground that producer David Heyman constructed for Bullock’s adopted toddler Louis (he even bumper-guarded all the trailers). Not one to be outdone, Bullock’s co-star George Clooney got his own playground: an on-set tiki bar.