Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi thriller Gravity may have managed to rake in an impressive $55 million from the box office but little do people know that one of the most ‘controversial scene’ in the movie was actually written by George Clooney himself.
According to the director, the team was smashing heads to come up with a possible way to make a ‘specific’ scene at the end work and thanks to Clooney, the movie managed to come through. Before heading further know that what follows comes under major spoilers. So turn back if you’ve yet to catch the movie.
The scene in question involves the return of veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), who in actuality is dead. Late in the movie, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) has extinguished all possible means to return home and in a fit of defeat, she shuts down the oxygen to her capsule and gets ready to be asphyxiated. At the moment she’s woken by Clooney who reminds her of one last option she hasn’t explored.
“We were struggling with rewrites, we’d stripped everything, a lot of the dialogue; we knew that anything that was going to be said, it was going to have a lot of weight,” Cuaron said. “There was one scene we were doing over and over and over, and George overheard that we were dealing with that. And then one night I receive an e-mail from him, saying, ‘I heard you were struggling with this. I took a shot with the scene, Read it. Throw it out.’ And we ended up using it. This was exactly what we needed.”
Assuming you’ve seen the film, what’s your take on the rewritten scene? Would you have wanted it to end differently and if so how?