December 13th, 2011
01:11 PM ET
In the upcoming adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Oscar winner Sandra Bullock takes on an assignment she wasn't anticipating: playing a widow who loses her spouse in the 9/11 attacks.
That's not a spoiler, but rather the set-up for the film, which stars Tom Hanks as the husband of Bullock's character and Thomas Horn as the couple's 9-year-old son, Oskar.
Bullock, who is also a mom in real life to son Louis, told CNN that she had "no conscious desire to make a movie about 9/11," but that there was something about the story that intrigued her.
"I was approached by [director] Stephen Daldry, who explained to me how they wanted to make Jonathan's book. I read the script, and I saw a 9/11 movie being made through the eyes of a child. An innocent child who asks all the questions that we should be asking but we know there are no answers for," she says. "I thought it was the most beautiful way to show grief [from] this incident, and to start the healing process."
Bullock, 47, can also vividly recall the day of the attacks.
"I was here, I saw it," she recalled. "I saw the second plane, I saw people falling. It's never left. I think if you're here in New York and you saw and you felt and you heard, it doesn't leave. I mean you can sort of quiet it, but you hear a sound, you see an image, you look up at the clear blue sky and see a beautiful building. It doesn't go anywhere."
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" opens in limited release on December 25 before going wide on January 20.
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