Rewind: Sandra Bullock is the Bionic Woman
By ROBERT PACE
April 20, 2012
Sandra Bullock has played a variety of roles over the years, from an impromptu bus driver in Speed to a hardnosed boss in The Proposal, but for this Pop Culture Rewind we take you back to a time when she was playing a superhuman role.
On this date in 1989, Bullock was being interviewed for Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman, a TV movie in which she played a bionic woman named "Kate Mason."
Although she's confined to the constraints of humanity as we all are in her actual life, the then-24-year-old actress explains how she relates to her character's personality. "She's just very blatant about what she feels and she's goofy too, which is nice," she says. "She makes mistakes and she's not embarrassed about it…I make a lot of mistakes, and I'm never embarrassed."
The TV movie was a collision of two 1970s television series: The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, which Bullock watched as a child and never imagined herself being the new bionic woman despite her affection for acting.
Although the original bionic craze has died out, it has evolved into the vampire craze that we are now experiencing in TV shows and films like Twilight, in which characters have superhuman powers.
"It's something to fantasize with," Bullock said of the popularity of bionic characters. "It allows you just to get lost a little bit. It's still within the realms of realism…It's not that farfetched. It's not like I can fly without wings. It's within a person's grasp."
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