Next fall, Alfonso Cuaron will release Gravity. It’s a big budget sci-fi flick the Children of Men director co-wrote, directed, produced, and edited, concerning a medical engineer and “veteran astronaut” who are stranded in space after a spacewalk-gone-wrong. It finally started production in May 2011 with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in the leads, after suffering through some difficulties with actors circling the roles but failing to sign on. Much of the $80 million dollar budget is reportedly paying for CGI and the 3D conversion currently underway on the film – a process that at least one of the stars isn’t quite sold on. In an interview with USA Today, Clooney said that, even though he hasn’t seen , he’s not crazy about being in 3D: “It is the first time I’ve been in 3-D and, hopefully, the last time.” It wasn’t clear from the comment what exactly Clooney’s concern or beef with the 3D conversion is, but now his co-star has proposed a theory.
Bullock thinks Clooney’s remarks have to do with Cuaron’s “brilliant move” to shoot the two superstars without any make-up. Then convert it to 3D. This might be an issue for Clooney because, as Bullock puts it, “[o]ur vain little heads are going to be some massive 17-foot image. You are going to see details because it’s shot on this digital film that shows everything. It’s so scary. There are scenes where you say, ‘This is where you have to let go and let God.’ And, thank God, there are no nude scenes.” Both Bullock and Clooney are attractive actors, but appearing on the big screen sans make-up is intimidating even without the specter of minutiae-enhancing digital film and 3D. Bullock is keeping a bit of levity about it, though: “God help us all when my face comes rushing at you with no makeup on. I’m going to apologize now…”