GRAVITY

The film Gravity, stars Sandra Bullock as a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with George Clooney as a veteran astronaut on his last mission. Ed Harris plays the voice of the mission control. Bullock, Clooney and Harris are very well-know actors in the film industry. Sandra Bullock is a personality actor, an actor whose own personality tends to define all the characters she portrays (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014).Ed Harris is a star actor, a distinctive screen persona, who is well known and popular with the moviegoing public (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). George Clooney is a wild card actor, an actor who is difficult to classify as one certain type an actor who can play a wide variety of characters equally without being typecast (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014).

I classifed Sandra Bullock as a personality actor because her characters in films that she stars in portray her as a witty, humorous, loving yet couragous. In the film Gravity, Sandra Bullock is the main star and throughout most of the movie she is alone playing out a character who is deserted in space and is unsure of what to do. I feel like this role was somewhat out of character for her because an audience is used to seeing her in an upbeat, high key lighting film and not a dark sided film. I classified George Clooney as a wild card because even he has played the same character in a film such as Ocean’s Eleven, he has proven himself to play a variety of roles. He has played humorous, comedic roles as well as serious roles. The role George played in Gravity was a supporting role that played a major part. The film portrayed him as being Sandra Bullocks guiding light. I classified Ed Harris as a star actor because he has a distinctive voice and even though he was not physically portrayed in the film his voice as mission control made him stand out.

Sandra Bullock has played in various films that made her who she is today, such as her reoccurring role in Miss Congeniality to her role in The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock has the girl next door quality, with a touch of the wild side. Even though I feel Sandra stepped outside the box with the film Gravity, is still feel she will always be placed in the personality category because her audience is used to seeing her in a heartwarming, humorous light and not a dark and lonely light. Sandra Bullock as an actor has various qualities and has shown that she can step outside the box but she does a better job sticking to her “regular” roles.

Resources

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C.P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Inside TV. (2011). Entertainment Weekly. [Picture]. Retrieved from http://www.ew.com/article/2011/03/23/ed-harris-john-mccain

Noveck, J. (2013, November 2). Gravity Review. Huffington Post. [Picture]. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/02/gravity-review-george-clooney-sandra-bullock-astronaut_n_4028850.html

Youtube. (2010, January 2). Miss Congeniality-Sexy Blue Dress. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrPIukWpMZc

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