So it looks as if George Clooney was responsible for one of the points near the end of the film that really make you wonder what was happening for a moment. With ‘Gravity‘ having set new box office records for October there’s a good chance you may have seen the film. If you haven’t I’m going to be talking about a very spoiler filled scene from the end of the movie that would very well ruin part of the climax.
So you’ve been warned, spoilers are ahead.
Which part of the film in particular did Clooney write? Right near the end of the film Sandra Bullock’s (‘Demolition Man’) character, Dr. Ryan Stone, has reached a point where she is giving up. It seems like a no hope situation on being able to return home so instead of delaying the inevitable, she shuts off her oxygen supply to asphyxiate and drift off into the great unknown. Only right as she’s fading away George Clooney‘s (‘Tomorrowland‘) character wakes her up and reminds her that she has one option left she hasn’t tried.
So the question is was Clooney actually there? Was he a figment of her oxygen deprived brain coming up with one last solution? Was it even possible that the entire movie from this point onward was just a figment of her dying brain shooting off electrons in random imaginations before fading to black?
It’s truly hard to tell but what we do now know is not only did Clooney write that scene, but here’s how he came to write it: According to writer/director Alfonso Cuarón (‘Children of Men’), he and his co-writer/son Jonas had hit a dead end. They couldn’t find a solid way to make the ending scene work:
“We were struggling with rewrites, we’d stripped everything, a lot of the dialogue; we knew that anything that was going to be said, it was going to have a lot of weight, There was one scene we were doing over and over and over, and George overheard that we were dealing with that. And then one night I receive an e-mail 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.”
Do you think the scene was a fitting way to move the film towards it’s closure? Does Clooney have a future in the writing business? Sound off below!