10 Things You Didn't Know... - January 18, 2017

10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Gravity
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Gravity

Of all the movies released over the last 20 years, all the grizzly slashers, the war epics, the disturbing thrillers, none will have left you as breathless by the end as 2013’s Gravity.

The movie, which cost a cool $100 million to make, stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts who are stranded in space after the mid-orbit destruction of their space shuttle, and their subsequent attempt to return to Earth.

Written, directed and exhaustively conceived by Alfonso Cuarón, the movie featured groundbreaking visual and physical effects as Cuarón brought outer space to life in extraordinary depth and detail to create a truly thrilling experience.

Now on offer as part of hmv’s awards campaign we thought we’d revisit and bring you 10 things you didn’t know about Gravity...

 

The movie took a long time to get right, a long time….

When he and his son Jonas finished the script Alfonso Cuarón famously said that he assumed it would take him a year before he was ready to shoot the movie, but by the time he’d gotten all the right crew, effects and plans in place, it was a full four and a half years later!

 

It’s got even more CGI than Avatar

A whopping 80% of Gravity was created using CGI, that’s 20% more than Avatar, which clocked in at 60%

 

The opening shot is an epic one…

That opening scene, which begins with the establishing view of Earth and ends with Bullock’s Dr. Stone detaching from the structure, is a single, continuous shot lasting about 12 and a half minutes!

 

There are lots of epic shots in facts…

The whole of the movie only has 156 shots, that’s about 500 less than the Hollywood average...

 

The voice of mission control is a very familiar one…

It is Ed Harris, himself a mission director in Apollo 13, who provides the voice to reply to  Kowalski and Stone’s desperate calls.

 

Sandra Bullock wasn’t the first choice for the female lead…

Originally producers and Cuarón went after Angelina Jolie who showed strong interest in the project, but eventually she decided that her commitment to make war drama In The Land Of Blood And Honey would come first so...

 

Nor second choice…

Attention then went to Natalie Portman who also decided that it wasn’t for her.  Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Abbie Cornish, Carey Mulligan, Sienna Miller, Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall and Olivia Wilde all had screen tests before producers eventually settled on Bullock.

 

And none of them were Alfonso Cuarón’s first choice…

Back when he conceived the movie the director had originally wanted to cast Salma Hayek to play Dr. Ryan Stone, but, according to reports, the studio refused, saying that no one would believe a Mexican astronaut.

 

But it proved to be a big payday for the actress…

Thanks to some clever negotiating by her agent Sandra Bullock’s deal was heavily tied to the film’s financial success, so when it grossed over $700 million at the box office around $70 million of that went to Bullock. It was worth that grueling shoot then...

 

George Clooney’s role was once attached to another A-Lister…

The movie was originally due to be made with Robert Downey Jnr opposite Jolie, but after she dropped out, so did he. The likes of  Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner and Denzel Washington were all considered for the role before George Clooney was cast.

 

Gravity is available now as part of hmv’s awards campaign. To see the full range of titles, click here.

 

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