Sandra Bullock Once Shared the Failure of ‘Speed 2’ Changed Her Career for the Better


<p><a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/actors/”>Actor</a> <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/sandra-bullock-start.html/”>Sandra Bullock</a> has starred in several hit movies in her long and notable career. But not all of her films have been home-runs, including and especially the critically panned <em>Speed 2</em>. </p>

<p>But the film, which was considered one of Bullock’s worst, may have had a surprisingly positive impact on the actor’s career.</p>

<h2 id=”h-how-sandra-bullock-was-cast-in-the-first-speed”>How Sandra Bullock was cast in the first ‘Speed’</h2>

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<p><em>Speed</em> was one of the most important movies in Bullock’s filmography. Similarly to what <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/speed-turns-25-what-you-didnt-know-about-the-keanu-reeves-sandra-bullock-blockbuster.html/”>it did for Keanu Reeves</a>, <em>Speed</em> did wonders for Bullock’s celebrity profile. Although she was already a fairly known actor before, <em>Speed</em> gave her an exposure she would’ve never seen coming.</p>

<p>“I don’t think anyone had any idea what was going to happen with that film,” Bullock said in a 2014 interview with <a href=”https://uproxx.com/hitfix/sandra-bullock-keanu-reeves-and-jan-de-bont-look-back-at-speed-20-years-later/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Uproxx</a>. “If someone says they did, they’re lying – unless in the editing process they felt something come together. But I certainly didn’t feel it. I think we were sort of ridiculed a bit for being the ‘low budget bomb-on-the-bus movie.’ Not that I cared. I was just so happy to have a job and that I got to work with Keanu. I was grateful no matter what it was.”</p>

<p>It was a role she won after the film’s director, Jan de Bont, vouched for her. The studio behind <em>Speed</em> saw bigger names in Bullock’s future role. But fortunately for Bullock, de Bont couldn’t see anyone but the actor in the part.</p>

<p>“Initially every studio wants bigger stars for lead roles, and I understand that,” de Bont said. “But I could not see Julia Roberts driving this bus. I could not see several other actresses. I would never believe they would ever even be on a bus. I felt I needed an actress who you could believe would have taken the bus, and Sandra had this kind of every day look – I mean that in a good way – in the way she dresses, the way she behaves, very casual.”</p>

<h2 id=”h-sandra-bullock-once-felt-speed-2-cruise-control-changed-her-career-for-the-better”>Sandra Bullock once felt ‘Speed 2: Cruise Control’ changed her career for the better</h2>

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<p>The movie’s sequel, <em>Speed 2</em>, wouldn’t achieve the same level of success or status as its predecessor. Bullock saw herself reprising her role in the second film. But with <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/why-keanu-reeves-really-turned-down-speed-2-cruise-control.html/”>Reeves declining <em>Speed 2</em></a> due to its script, the movie rested squarely on Bullock’s shoulders. Initially, it wasn’t Bullock’s finest moment as an actor, as the movie under-performed both critically and financially.</p>

<p>But in hindsight, Bullock felt the movie offered invaluable insight to her career that only improved it later on.</p>

<p>“The best learning experience I ever had was <em>Speed 2</em>. If not for it, I wouldn’t have changed the direction of my career. I wouldn’t have known what not to do,” she said in a 2010 interview with <a href=”https://www.mtv.com/news/lvxgid/interview-sandra-bullock-talks-the-blind-side-and-award-nominations” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>MTV News</a>.</p>

<p>In a resurfaced interview with the <a href=”https://www.tampabay.com/archive/1998/10/18/sandra-bullock-takes-a-break/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Tampa Bay Times</a> many years prior, Bullock confided that <em>Speed 2</em>’s failure gave her a degree of much-needed freedom.</p>

<p>“I just didn’t know when to step out of a project if I felt the script wasn’t being developed properly. I went into it with the best intentions, but its failure was the best thing for me on a lot of levels,” she said. “It proved a lot of things that I felt to be true to begin with, and it placed me in a situation that I was more comfortable with because nobody cared about me after it was done. . . . I failed and was on the outs and I was able to go back and concentrate on things I loved.”</p>

<h2 id=”h-sandra-bullock-is-still-embarrassed-by-speed-2″>Sandra Bullock is still embarrassed by ‘Speed 2’</h2>

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<p><em>Speed 2</em>’s mistakes may have helped Bullock in a lot of ways. But if the Oscar-winner had it her way, she still would choose not to do the film if she could rewrite history. Even decades after it hit theaters, <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/sandra-bullock-calls-out-speed-2.html/”>Bullock’s sore spot for <em>Speed 2</em></a> remained intact.</p>

<p>“I have one that no one came around to, and I’m still embarrassed that I was in, it’s called<em> Speed 2</em>, and I’m very vocal about it. Makes no sense: slow boat, slowly going towards an island,” Bullock remembered according to <a href=”https://ew.com/movies/sandra-bullock-embarrassed-she-filmed-speed-2/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Entertainment Weekly</a>.</p>

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