Proposal, The: Comedy Starring Bullock and Reynolds

“THE PROPOSAL,” directed by Anne Fletcher and starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, is released June 19, 2009 by Disney. 

Bullock brings the comedy out of the hard-edged Margaret

The filmmakers tapped Sandra Bullock early on for the role of Margaret. “She’s really fun to play, because she’s in all of us,” says Bullock. “Margaret doesn’t try and rectify any of the wrongs. She doesn’t apologize. She doesn’t feel like she has to make the world like her. She has a job to do, and she’s gonna get it done. And there’s a large part of me in that.”

“I feel really lucky that we got her,” says producer Todd Lieberman of Bullock. “She’s a phenomenal actress and she can do any role, but she’s so good and naturally gifted at comedy. People love her even when she’s playing someone who’s as hard edged as the character Margaret.”

Producer David Hoberman adds: “Sandy gets to play a really fun character–there’s a lot of physical comedy in this movie, so she gets to do everything her fans want to see. She’s really smart and had really good instincts about her character, the script and the comedy.”

Fletcher was equally impressed by Bullock. “She’s a movie star,” says the director. “She comes to work, she knows why she’s there, she gets the job done. And her chemistry with Ryan is bar none.”

Reynolds’ Chemistry with Bullock

Ryan Reynolds portrays the put-upon assistant who ultimately turns the tables on his boss. And with the majority of his scenes opposite Bullock, chemistry was imperative.

“They have a rhythm, they have a friendship, they have a way of communicating with each
other–a sort of banter, a give and take,” says Hoberman of Bullock and Reynolds. “They found a groove in these two characters that really came to life.”

“Sandy and I’ve been friends for years–it’s great working with your friend,” says Reynolds. “My experience in a comedy is that you shoot the film and then halfway through you start to understand what your chemistry is with your co-star and you wish you could go back and re-shoot all that you’ve
already done. When you step on a set the first day and you already have that chemistry built in as Sandy and I did, you never experience that.”

Lieberman says both actors have
“complete command of what it means to be funny. We have scenes with the camera on Ryan’s face. He doesn’t say a word, but he expresses 100 different funny things. It’s unbelievable.”

Supporting Bullock and Reynolds is a stellar group of actors. “It’s a testament to the great script and our two strong leads that we were able to put together such a great group of people,” says Lieberman.