Sandra Bullock Considered ‘Permanent Break’ From Acting

Sandra Bullock (Stephen Lovekin/Getty)

Sandra Bullock hasn’t appeared on the big screen in nearly two years.

In early 2009, Bullock won an Oscar for her performance in “The Blind Side.” Shortly after, she became engulfed in a media firestorm surrounding her split from ex-husband Jesse James, who admitted to extramarital affairs. The actress now says her personal drama made her consider hanging up her Hollywood star for good.

“I was perfectly content to be permanently broken,” Bullock recently told the Associated Press, clarifying that by “broken,” she meant a break from acting. “I honestly didn’t think I was in a place where I wanted to work or wanted to step out of where I was. I wasn’t prepared.”

But Bullock has returned and will appear in the drama “Extremely Loud & Incredible Close,” which opens January 20. According to the 47-year-old, the opportunity to star in this movie – as opposed to retiring –was “louder than my head.”

The film follows a nine-year-old boy (actor Oskar Schell) as he searches New York City for something left behind by his father (played by Tom Hanks), who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

It was “Extremely Loud” director Stephen Daldry who finally convinced Bullock to take the role, although the actress admitted she had no idea what she could bring to the role of the boy’s mother. In the end, Daldry’s persuasion won out.

“We had a great time. It’s no longer ‘selfish actress’ in the moment,” she said. “I wanted to have an amazing time with him and, fortunately, Mr. Daldry presented it. In every possible way, it was the best!”


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