Sandra Bullock's retirement from film hides a lesson in Hollywood coming of age to heed

Sandra Bullock’s retirement from film hides a lesson in Hollywood coming of age to heed

Success continues to accompany Sandra Bullock. There’s more to see than The lost city, the adventure comedy that co-starred Channing Tatum in 2022, has already passed the $100 million mark in the United States and is close to 200 in its international total. And does Bullock never stop being a high-caliber star in Hollywood, even now that only blockbusters seem to work at the box office. However, after a series of successes and achievements in the industry, the actress has in mind to take a break. And he does it for a reason that supposes everything a vital lesson.

Sandra Bullock at the premiere of

Sandra Bullock at the premiere of ‘The Lost City’ in London (Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

This is how he told it in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, where he stopped to analyze the implications behind this latest work and reflected on his performance in the industry throughout his career. And it is that he says that at the start the idea on which he relied The lost city It was not to his liking, being a storyline full of comedic stereotypes that was again based on a large male figure as the protagonist. In this sense, Bullock, as producer and actress, agreed to work with Paramount on the project under several conditions: that the roles be reversed, that her role be more heroic and daring and be imbued with a feminine sensibility.

“There were no obstacles for the female character”says Bullock. “I love that my character isn’t 25. And I love that there’s a man willing to be so many aspects of himself that weren’t traditionally shown in movies like this. because they had to be the hero of the action.”continued on the plot implications of The Lost City.

But the implications of the actress went much further, since it was she who insisted on keeping the theatrical release of the film and not condemning it to streaming. Specifically, the reasons Bullock used to defend the move is that this is a mold-breaking production in the rom-com realm, and while the pandemic has brought with it the flourishing of platforms, it felt that the public would see The lost city as a gift worth paying the price of a ticket.

The results are however visible, all this monumental work to bring a film like The lost city on top too would have left her wondering how much it was worth making such a titanic effort. Already during the promotion at the SXSW film festival in Austin, he announced that he would be taking a break, but in this new intervention with The Hollywood Reporter, he analyzed his decision in more depth.

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“I don’t want to be beholden to anyone’s schedule but my own. I am very burnt out. I’m so tired and not able to make healthy, smart decisions and I know that.”said Bullock. “Work has always been stable for me and I have been very lucky”, He continued. “I realized that maybe it was becoming my crutch. It was like opening a fridge all the time and looking for something that was never there. I thought, ‘Stop looking for it here because it doesn’t exist here. You already have it, install it, find it and feel good without a job that validates you’”.

be honest, The lost city, regardless of its box office performance, it was not a masterpiece. And that, in the end, results in zero recognition by the industry which on a personal level can leave a huge void, valuing above all the titanic work behind the production that, as Bullock well recognizes, he does with a certain aspiration to obtain validation. And it’s not the first time something like this has happened, Blindfolded (Bird Box)the Netflix film, which in 2018 became the most watched in the history of the platform, found a similar case: a film that led to success and which did not end up generating critical enthusiasm.

Also, it’s been a long time since he’s made a meaty movie at the Oscars or outside of his usual records, and in the end, that instead of continuing to repeat himself to continue to the top for sheer glory or money, he came to a reflection as just as this reflects a triumph of maturity. And it is undeniable that it is necessary to privilege well-being with oneself, rest, put order and take care of one’s mental health rather than prestige and successsomething that doesn’t always happen in Hollywood with its big stars and one that Bullock leaves us with a vital lesson on.

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