When Sandra Bullock first read the script for her new film Our Brand Is Crisis, she immediately wanted the lead role. The only problem? It was written for a man – and not just any man, it was written with George Clooney in mind.
But just because she pitched a gender-swap and ended up taking on the role, that doesn’t mean she stole the role from one of her closest friends.
Bullock explained that at the time she was cast, Clooney was not signed on to the film.
“He, at the time, was not attached to this film to play the role,” she during an appearance on the Today show Thursday
But don’t count her out of the stealing game completely. Bullock, 51, did admit that when it comes to things outside of their careers, it’s all fair game.
“I’ll steal something from George, it just wasn’t this role,” she said. “I’ll steal other stuff, like maybe a house in Italy.”
Bullock said that when she read the script for Our Brand Is Crisis, her love for the role had nothing to do with the gender of the character, but the connection she felt to the character.
“It wasn’t so much that I said it should be a woman, it’s that when I read it, I knew the voice and I knew how to play it,” she explained. “It was a human role, and it was one that I was very familiar with because I know some people that are like that, in that struggle – that are complex and irritating and aggressive and just powerful yet incredibly broken.”
The film, directed by David Gordon Green and based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, follows Bullock’s character Jane Bodine, a political mastermind brought in to help a Bolivian presidential candidate win his election.
Our Brand Is Crisis hits theaters on Oct. 30.