Sandra Bullock talks playing 9/11 widow in 'Extremely Loud'
December 13th, 2011
01:11 PM ET

Sandra Bullock talks playing 9/11 widow in 'Extremely Loud'

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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  1. my free credit report no credit card

    Very well written post. It will be valuable to anyone who utilizes it, including yours truly :). Keep doing what you are doing – can'r wait to read more posts.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike Dus

    just saw the TODAY show 12/15/2011....culdn't really feel any safer around yu budullock....good ol bedelia...good ol 'B'....we are no longer mortal enemies....good luck with Louis...lim am positve yu will be a wunderful surry things didn't wurk out between us....oh yeh...and if that wuz yu who called and didn't say anything on the phone...surry abou the BUZZ thing....ben getting a lot of prank calls ya know...

    I'll miss you and i Love You yu know i'll be watching {frum heaven} or sumthing and i am happy today because i will never hate on yu i have told yu has had quite a toll on me in the past but now i can move on and have peese in my life...yu were the one thing i really wurried about...and now yur fine.

    see ya in the next life Bullock.

    ps. i know its an effort {being capable and doing the right thing all the time} i know its harder for yu than just laughing things off...yu'll do well....i believe in yu xo,


    December 15, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Richard

    Watch, it'll be chock full of l-iberal "What does it all mean??!!" We know what it means. We are at WAR!

    December 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tracie

    Jesse told me her butthole smells like butter grapes.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TJ

    I dunno know. I think any movies made about 9/11 should be true stories and played by unknown actors.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jessica

    I sure feel bad. Sandra is cute and likeable though.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Purple Elf

    I see possibly another Oscar for Sandra!

    December 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Snarky

    Guess who can't act? Sandra Bullock.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordyn

      Uhm , Sandra CAN act . She is an AMAZING actress , and whoever thinks different has some major problems . kbye (;

      December 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Salavisi

      Just an Academy Award winner. That's all.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Nyah Nyah

      Well as long as Jordyn gave us the KBye signal we can assume that dope wont come back to this thread and we can talk about the noob in private – nyah nyah
      KTHNXBAI dope-talkers like you should choke on insect droppings while obviously supreme folks like myself should watch and laugh

      December 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |

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