Sandra Bullock Brings Her Star Power and The Heat to Sydney
Sandra Bullock brought her star power (and the sunshine!) to Sydney yesterday when she promoted her new comedy The Heat. She fulfilled media commitments during the day in a blue Alberta Ferretti ensemble, posing in front of icons like the Opera House, and changed into an embellished Emilio Pucci dress for the premiere at night.
In the Paul Feig-directed movie, Sandra and Melissa McCarthy play cops with very different methods of dealing with criminals, making their joint crime-fighting efforts hilarious to watch on screen. While their characters didn’t immediately click, it was a completely different story for Sandra and Melissa off-screen, who “really liked each other and worked well together.” Sandra continued, “It’s not always a case in comedy that you have the same rhythm, even if you have two very different styles. The work was really fun even though it was really long days — we just liked being there.” Asked if she was anything like her character, Sarah Ashburn, Sandra said, “I like to schedule, but I hope not! Melissa and I laugh because I was more like her character because I swear like a truck driver, and she doesn’t. She’s very girly and doesn’t swear at all.”
Fans who have seen the trailer may draw similarities between Sandra’s new character and her other popular undercover agent, Gracie Hart, in Miss Congeniality. For this role, Sandra said she didn’t need to learn too many new skills because “I knew how to handle my weapons!” She also talked about the humour potential that comes with police characters, explaining, “For some reason playing a police officer in comedies makes it a funnier comedy, I think because of the risks of the job . . . When you have a gun and you’re supposed to obey the law, it makes for funnier moments.”
Sandra, who loves Australia for the people — “The people are very genuine and real and all very normal, in a fun, crazy way, do you know what I mean? You always feel welcomed, which I love” — and architecture, also told us about how she keeps a balance between comedies and dramas on her CV. “I think once I get done with one style I’m always itching to do something else. But then again even if you want to do something else it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to show up.” She added, with a hint of advice for other actors, “You have to be patient, and don’t mind waiting a bit, because that’s the hard part — actors always think they’re never going to work again so they’re just so excited to take anything that comes along. So being patient and waiting for the really good stuff that excites you is the hard part.” The Heat is out on July 11.