Actress Sandra Bullock made a rare public appearance on NBC’s “Today Show” this morning (Dec. 15) to talk about her new movie where she plays a Sept. 11 widow. But she steered clear of any talk about her own, painful personal life.
The film, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is a poignant and moving story told mainly through a child’s eyes. Bullock has a small part in the film.
It’s her first film since 2009’s “The Blind Side,” for which she won a Best Actress award.
Shortly afterward, her marriage to celebrity motorcycle builder Jesse James, blew up in a cheating scandal.
Bullock has remained largely out of the spotlight since then and adopted a baby boy born in January 2010 in New Orleans. She named him Louis Bardo Bullock.
“I’m actually in there for about 24 minutes,” Bullock joked after host Matt Lauer introduced her and noted that her screen time was somewhat less.
“I admire your choice on this,” Lauer said, noting many actors might have turned down the role because it is so small.
While she’s used to leading roles in pictures, Bullock said she couldn’t resist the part even though her screen time is limited.
“I don’t know how many moments and opportunities like this there will be. With stories like this. With directors and casts like this … you can’t say no to that,” she said.
Lauer warned that moviegoers better bring plenty of tissues. “This is close and personal for you as it is for a lot of people,” he said.
Bullock revealed that she was able to listen to voicemails and read emails of those trapped immediately following the crash of two airliners into the World Trade Center towers.
“It’s haunting and inspiring that the last messages inevitably was one of hope for the families left behind,” she said.
Bullock also had great praise for her co-star Thomas Horn, who plays nine-year-old Oskar Schell, who loses his father, played by Tom Hanks, in the tragedy.
“He’s destined to do so many things of great worth. He knows what he’s here to do. He might only be 13 or 14, but he is far more educated, kind and empathetic than most adults here in this room,” she said.
The film also stars Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright and James Gandolfini.
The film debuts in January.
On a more positive note, Lauer asked about her Christmas plans for her new adoptive son, Louis. Sandra, reticent, booted all of the questions about her personal life.
Check out the interview below: