When making movies, actors often try to emulate their characters by living in their shoes. Robert De Niro actually worked as a New York City cabbie for a time to prepare for his role in Taxi Driver. When you’re going to be playing an astronaut in space, sometimes you have to take on 2nd-hand knowledge (especially with NASA in the state that it’s in). That’s exactly what Sandra Bullock did for her role in Gravity and it all started through a chance encounter.
In the new film “Gravity,” directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Sandra Bullock spends most of her time alone, in zero gravity — 373 miles above the Earth’s surface.
That wasn’t easy to pull off, either for the Oscar-winning actress or for the film’s production crew.