Hollywood A-lister Sandra Bullock is back in cinemas next month in her latest film project Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, about 9/11 – and she’s spoken about listening to the answer machine messages of those caught in the 2001 tragedy.
The Drama from Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry follows one family’s struggle to pick up the pieces, when their lives are turned upside down by the terrible events of 9/11. Sandra stars in the movie alongside Tom Hanks and child actor Thomas Horn.
She told us: “We were given access to the answering machine messages and the cell phone messages that were left by those that were in the tower.
“The thing that was so amazing was that by the end of the series of calls, when they felt that this was the last time they were going to call, they were messages of hope for the people that they were leaving behind.
“You go ‘how does a human being get to that place where they can give that gift to those that are left behind?’ It was mind-blowing and an honour.”
The Oscar-winning actress admits filming the 9/11 drama was emotionally draining on all the cast.
She explained: “It was hard on all of us. With Stephen [Daldry] as your director, he demands you have it all the time, and we were prepared to give it all the time.
“Young Thomas Horn was there, committed, every single day to go to that place. Even as an adult it was hard, so I couldn’t imagine what it was like for him.”
Sandra also warns us that we’ll need our hankies at the ready: “You’re sobbing, but you’re waiting for the relief, and you know it’s coming.
“The relief is here, and not just in the movie, but in life. It was a good cry, a good cathartic cry. I still recount certain things, I start crying again, but it’s good.”
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is out in UK cinemas on February 17