But the actor tells TheWrap he did help solve a transition problem for Sandra Bullock‘s character later in the film
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“Gravity” star George Clooney says he didn’t write a key scene in the movie that put his character back in the space drama — but he did help solve a transition problem for Sandra Bullock‘s character.
“I didn’t write any scene, ” he told TheWrap in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, referring to reports that he’d written a critical scene in which his character, Matt Kowalski, returns to Bullock, playing astronaut Ryan Stone, who is in a dream state.
“That scene was there from the minute I was handed the script, ” he said. “The problem they were having was afterward.”
(At right: Cuarón, Bullock and Clooney at an Academy screening of “Gravity.)
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“Alfonso’s such a sweet guy. He hands out credit to everyone all the time, ” said Clooney. “I said, ‘You guys are struggling, here’s an idea.’ So I wrote out a scene, and there’s a portion of it in the movie about Sandy wanting to live. They were struggling with how to tell people she wants to live, and I said, ‘Maybe you say she talks to her little girl and says Mommy loves her.'”
He added: “I sent him the scene as I was leaving out of London — I said, ‘Maybe this helps. Maybe this will fix the problem.’ Alfonso said they shot a version of it.”
He added: “I would never write myself a scene to come back in.”
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Clooney also said he was amazed at how well the film has done at the box office, already taking in almost $100 million worldwide.
“There was great deal of concern at the studio and at every level that it would be a very expensive art film, ” said Clooney. “Alfonso just shrugged his shoulders and got to work.”
But, he said, the effort took a toll on the filmmaker because every change required a huge level of complexity. “I’d look at him every six months and say are you OK? It was killing him … It was a very frustrating process for him. He stuck with it. I couldn’t in a billion years dream of doing what he did.”
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“I was talking with Spielberg the other day. He said, ‘I can’t speak after seeing this movie. What were you guys doing?’ I said we didn’t know. We were floating with this weird equipment with a computer geek behind our heads. Alfonso and (cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki) Cheevo running things. We’d say this was crazy. They knew what they were doing.”