George Clooney clarified the comments made by director Alfonso Cuaron about getting help from the actor when they struggled with a pivotal scene in "Gravity". Cuaron's statement led people to think that Clooney helped re-write the whole sequence, but the actor insisted that was not the case.
"I didn't write any scene," Clooney told The Wrap as he played down his involvement in the re-shot, "That scene was there from the minute I was handed the script. The problem they were having was afterward." He added, "Alfonso's such a sweet guy. He hands out credit to everyone all the time."
"I said, 'You guys are struggling, here's an idea,' " he recalled. "So I wrote out a scene, and there's a portion of it in the movie about [SPOILER ALERT] Sandy wanting to live. They were struggling with how to tell people she wants to live, and I said, 'Maybe you say she talks to her little girl and says Mommy loves her.' "
"I sent him the scene as I was leaving out of London - I said, 'Maybe this helps. Maybe this will fix the problem.' Alfonso said they shot a version of it," Clooney went on to describe his contribution. But he humbly insisted, "I would never write myself a scene to come back in."
Cuaron previously credited Clooney for fixing the key scene during an interview with Vulture. "There was one scene we were doing over and over and over, and George overheard that we were dealing with that," the Mexican director opened up.
"And then one night I receive an email 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," the "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" helmer added.
"Gravity" stars Clooney and Sandra Bullock as two surviving astronauts from a damaged Space Shuttle who are left stranded on the outer space. Robert Downey Jr. and Angelina Jolie were initially linked to the roles.
It debuted to a record-breaking $55 million, marking the biggest October opening of all time surpassing the $52.6 million debut posted by "Paranormal Activity 3" back in 2011. Made on a budget of $80 million, the movie already raked in almost $100 million worldwide.
"There was great deal of concern at the studio and at every level that it would be a very expensive art film," the "Up in the Air" actor admitted, before adding, "Alfonso just shrugged his shoulders and got to work."
The effort took a toll on the director, the actor said, "It was a very frustrating process for him. He stuck with it. I couldn't in a billion years dream of doing what he did." But all their hard work paid off, as the movie was raved by critics and generated Oscar buzz, besides making an impressive Box Office debut.
One glowing review came from Steven Spielberg who was left speechless after watching the film. "I was talking with Spielberg the other day. He said, 'I can't speak after seeing this movie. What were you guys doing?' I said we didn't know," Clooney recounted his conversation with the movie veteran.
"We were floating with this weird equipment with a computer geek behind our heads. Alfonso and (cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki) Cheevo running things. We'd say this was crazy. They knew what they were doing."