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Sandra Bullock Discusses "Crash"

Bullock on "Crash" and Writer/Director Paul Haggis


Sandra Bullock Crash

Sandra Bullock in "Crash"

© Lions Gate Films
Updated March 30, 2005
Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate, Thandie Newton, Matt Dillon, and Nona Gaye star in the ensemble drama, “Crash,” written and directed by Paul Haggis. Set for release in theaters on May 6, 2005, “Crash” follows an ethnically diverse group of Los Angeles citizens, including a Persian store owner, a Mexican locksmith, an upper-class housewife, and a middle-aged Korean couple, and examines the complexities of racial tolerance when these individuals lives collide.

While doing promotional duties for “Miss Congeniality 2,” producer/actress Bullock let it be known she holds “Crash” in high regard. The veteran of more than 30 movies, Bullock claims working on “Crash” was the best experience she’s ever had making a film. Bullock recalls telling writer/director Paul Haggis that she would love to spend the rest of her acting days working on his films. “I love his writing. I always have. I wasn't working for a year and a half. I didn't want to work anymore. I mean, I was producing, but nothing in acting made me go, 'I've got to do this part.' And when he came to me with that role, I'd said to him that I'd do anything and I was shocked that he met me for it. It was an incredible experience and the film is really good,” said Bullock.

Bullock also insists everyone involved in the film did terrific work. “The performances from everyone in that film, you think that you know the actor and you go, 'Oh, I've seen his work or her work,' and you see them do work and you are [amazed]. Thandie Newton, unbelievable performance. Matt Dillon. Don Cheadle. Every single person if they say a line, if they have 15 pages, Paul brought something out in the performances with his writing and his directing that you would not expect from that person. You get excited about seeing those people work again because you pass judgment and go, 'Oh, I know them.' And then they are electric and his work is extraordinary. I loved it. I loved it, loved it.”

“Crash” marks the American feature film debut of Haggis. Debuting to an enthusiastic standing room only crowd at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie was quickly snatched up by Lions Gate Films. Haggis, a Canadian, felt the timing of the sale of the film was perfect. Haggis said in a statement, “I am thrilled that 'Crash' has found its distribution home with Lions Gate and that it occurred during the Toronto International Film Festival, this is a homecoming for me. This was a film that could not have come to fruition without the support and commitment of all of the producers and executive producers, but most importantly, it could not have come to life without the outstanding performances of each and every cast member. Their ability to come to grips with their own fears and internal struggles with hate and difference allowed us to create a film that I hope will resonate with everyone that sees it."

“Crash” is rated R for language, sexual content and some violence and is distributed by Lions Gate Films.

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