'Gravity' director: Bullock should have been in adult diapers
December 13th, 2013
12:55 PM ET

'Gravity' director: Bullock should have been in adult diapers

OK, "Gravity" hair-splitters, director Alfonso Cuaron has some news for you: It's a movie.

Yes, he's aware of the criticisms of the film. Yes, he knows that some people don't buy his depiction of space.

He's OK with that.

"We tried to be as accurate as possible in the frame of our fiction," he told Entertainment Weekly in an interview following the film's Golden Globe nominations. "That we have things that are not accurate? Of course β€” and actually, we know about them. And we chose to disregard those things, because we wanted first of all to honor the emotional journey of the film."

But it is fiction, he added. Sandra Bullock, for example, is an actress, not an astronaut. And even though she plays an astronaut in the film, "Gravity" wasn't even true to life in the issue of her clothes.

You may remember that, in a key scene, Bullock takes off her spacesuit and is left in a T-shirt and underwear. If "Gravity" had stuck with reality, she would actually be wearing something else, Cuaron said.

"The funny thing in all of these things β€” nobody has picked up on the most obvious one," he said. "And that is that when Sandra takes off her astronaut suit, she would be wearing an adult diaper. And obviously, we chose not to do that."

Why? Well, for one basic reason, he added.

"It’s a movie. It’s a movie!" he exclaimed.

C'mon, Cuaron. Next you're going to tell us that "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" didn't feature real wizards.

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  3. letmeeatcake

    ...diapers were good enough for lisa nowak and her loverboy william oefelein...

    January 12, 2014 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Forbetter Orworse

    Does someone have a diaper fetish?

    January 9, 2014 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. carlb

    first off. who cares. second she looked great and third i was blown away by the video of earth. i know she wasn't in space nor were the others but you came pretty close to what i imagined it would be like. also if the real astronauts are an example they all loved it. so who cares about diapers! even though bullock would look good in them, even if she had to wear them for reality. lol brains and looks a very rare combination.

    January 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Capt3292

    Any film with Clooney is a film not worth the time to watch. Most of his films really stretch the unbelievable. That is in his inability to play a character other then himself.

    January 8, 2014 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      Agree about a Clooney, but when she took off the suit and only had on the tiny tee shirt and pants,I assume for the male audiences, I could have screamed. I also want to know how she was able to hold on when she kept getting slammed into the ship.

      January 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Daniel Desario

    Space blows.

    January 8, 2014 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rickybobjoebill

    My, how we digress. Sorry, but did not go see the movie to get further educated on the space program. I went to be entertained! If I want to know the realities of how people function (bodily) in space, I would have searched the web.

    January 8, 2014 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mike land

    I always thought that you just didn't poop in space. You were like grizzly bears and they first did the boy scout treatment on you and then clogged you up. You know, boy scouts eat their own recipe of ex-lax cookies for a week before a long hiking trip. The last thing a leader wants is to mess with a latrine. So he serves the troop a bunch of exlax chocolate chip cookies. That cleans out the troop and by the time they start the hike, they are cleaned out like draino. Then you serve a lot of cheese dishes like rice & cheese for the hiking trip. I always gave all my hikers a roll of wax cheese to nibble on for the trip. If the trip was under a week, they very often didn't hit the head until on the drive home and heaven forbid the rest stop.

    January 7, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brett

    It is not the diapers that is the problem. It is EVERYTHING else. Everything about the story is fiction. They made people look like they were floating, but did not get even the basics of being in space correct. Clooney magically being pulled away from Bullock??? Bullock magically being able to maneuver herself with a fire extinguisher, after cruising thousands of miles per hour??? The movie had some awesome cinematic effects, but the story was absolutely horrible.

    January 2, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • DannySwish

      You're wrong, actually. Both of those instances were accurate (to a degree). Clooney was being pull away because of the angular momentum of the rope his leg was stuck on. The reason water stays in a bucket if you swing it upside down fast enough is the same reason that he was being pulled away like that. The fire extinguisher apparently wouldn't be as powerful as demonstrated, but there's this thing called relativity. Motion is relative. It doesn't matter if she's zooming thousand of miles an hour above Earth. The objects around her are also zooming at that speed, so they appear static, and you can move around them as if they were stationary.

      January 5, 2014 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Gagalumphagus

    Well, she could have worn a diaper, but that depends.......

    January 2, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      ACTUALLY, firth thing off after the outer suit would be the long sleeved/legged union suit with the hoses, called the cooling suit. THEN the adult diaper.

      January 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. catori Shadi

    If you want to be lazy, you can account for it all with one simple phrase : "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....". And then nothing need to be true to life as we know it.

    January 2, 2014 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. minnie

    How can Sandra Bullock's legs be bigger than her butt?

    December 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lee

    That'd be really uncomfortable. Being an astronaut. If you poop yourself on takeoff how long do you have to sit in it before you get to change? :S

    December 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mimilll

    Anything is possible in a *MOVIE*.....I think most people know this.

    December 28, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  16. Sam

    I used to think that 2001 was a masterpiece, but thanks to all of the hate towards Gravity, I have changed my mind. 2001 was not accurate at all, so it is obviously overrated-trash.

    December 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sam

    This movie should have been more accurate like last year's award-winning Argo because that movie was so historically accurate.

    December 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • orkel

      Argo accurate???
      I'll agree that it was 60% accurate, but check your history books.
      Minimizing the role of the Canadian embassy in the rescue was unforgivable in my mind, but then so was falsely claiming that the Americans were turned away by the British and New Zealand embassies, and for exaggerating the danger that the group faced during events preceding their escape from the country.

      December 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • rg33

      Or as accurate as the Star Trek movies!

      December 28, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  18. Serge Storms

    A movie that didn't depict reality 100%? Has that ever happened before?

    December 26, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  19. Reticuli

    In a fiction where Clooney is hanging onto something and falling back towards Earth... while already in orbit? Where you just point yourself in the direction you want to go and fire a rocket or compressed air? He's making excuses for laziness. It was a pretty film with a good ending, but not at all accurate outside the props and photography. Apollo 13 is pretty accurate. And surprisingly, Red Planet is at least as accurate as Gravity... and pretty darn underrated.

    December 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toussaint

      Excuse me but APOLLO 13 is a biography. GRAVITY is fiction. You are comparing apples with oranges. Obviously, GRAVITY will be less realistic than APOLLO 13. When filming a biography, the screenwriter and director have a duty to be as accurate as possible. Why should we hold a fiction like GRAVITY to that same standard? True, we need a certain amount of suspension of disbelief to accept GRAVITY's premise but far less suspension of disbelief than, say, ALIEN or STAR TREK. All in all, GRAVITY is an excellent sci-fi thriller. Well written and well acted.

      December 30, 2013 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  20. James

    What bothered me most about the film was that a lot of care went into making the movie fairly accurate–at least superficially so–then, the director abandoned any attempt at verisimilitude.

    You would think that with the millions of dollars spent to create such movies, why didn't they hire a competent scientific adviser to go through the script early on in development, to make sure there weren't any major scientific blunders.

    If you are a director working on a movie and would like a Scientific Adviser to peruse your script/ scenes, I am available at $100–$500 per hour.

    December 25, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Cool

      So, all a director would need to do is look up 'James' in the phone book? Or do a Google search for "Scientific consulting by James?"

      December 25, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Reticuli

      High school physics or 5 minutes playing around with Orbiter and any USB joystick would have given someone the ability to see how much was wrong with the film.

      December 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • rg33

      And the movie would have been as exciting as watching ISS space walks on NASA TV.

      December 28, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • condescending idiot

      you used the word verisimilitude in a comment section on the internet lol

      January 6, 2014 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  21. TImbeau

    Well, I liked the movie. It was neat.

    December 25, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  22. Gus

    He should've been more concerned with violating the fundamental laws of physics in this movie.

    December 25, 2013 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Urkle

      There are no real laws of physics, per se, as much as there are loose-knit suggestions.

      December 25, 2013 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Scotty

      But capt'n...I canna change the lawa o physics!

      December 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Meh

    people seriously need a reality check....who cares?
    More people should believe that they can jump across 500 feet between buildings is feasible just like in The Matrix. GO FOR IT PEOPLE! It's all real!
    Yay for population control

    December 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Veritas


    December 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  25. MarkP

    I don't see why "Gravity" received a nomination for an award. Besides the obvious flaws, the story line was not well developed. The movie would have been a zero except for the fact that Sandra Bullock and and George Clooney were the two main characters (the other characters were incidental). The movie itself is well below their level.

    December 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Joey

    it's hilarious the extent to which people want to pick out discrepancies in a freakin space movie, like they're trying to prove, "HEY, YOU GUYS DID NOT REALLY FILM THIS IN SPACE!" I would understand if the discrepancies had anything to do with the actual plot (like in the movie Looper), but they don't.

    December 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  27. wrap2tyt

    ...nobody want to see that...!

    December 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  28. IpseCogita

    There is a niche market that would have paid quite a lot to see that,

    December 18, 2013 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  29. Pearl

    The theme song from Mystery Science Theater covered it best:
    If you're wondering how he eats & breathes,
    And other science facts...
    Then repeat to yourself its just a show,
    I should really just relax...

    December 15, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  30. sniffi flounders

    Well, I certainly won't be seeing it now that I know she wasn't in them.

    December 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Boo

    The obvious error was that her hair was lying flat on her head. Her hair should have been floating....

    December 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Firsty the Snowman

    I'm meeeeeltiiiiiiiing.

    December 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Amber Wavesofgrain

    I would be happy if they could somehow block the name stealing trolls.

    December 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |

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