Monday’s premiere of Warner Bros.’ “Our Brand Is Crisis” at the TCL Chinese was nothing if not timely, what with the campaign for the 2016 election season in full swing.
Sandra Bullock, who plays a hard-boiled campaign strategist deployed to Bolivia in the film, said she had no guidance for the Republican frontrunner: “Donald Trump doesn’t need advice — he’s doing fine just being Trump.”
And Bullock has no desire to enter the field of advising candidates.
“I could never be a political consultant,” she noted. “I would never step into that world if you paid me. I couldn’t do it. The stakes are too high and I’m too softhearted. It’s really hard. I can do the little lies but I can’t do the great big ones.”
Bullock recalled that she approached producers George Clooney (who arrived with wife Amal Clooney) and Grant Heslov about this project three years ago because she wanted to do a comedy.
“That discussion took maybe two minutes,” Heslov said. “The movie turned out even better than we expected.”
Billy Bob Thornton, who portrays Bullock’s rival political consultant in the movie, opined that Hillary Clinton had delivered an impressive performance at the recent Congressional hearings and offered some advice for Trump. “I think Trump should sometimes take a beat before he answers a question.”
He also said the biggest acting challenge was to convincingly portray hostility toward Bullock’s character on the screen, asking, “How can you not be nice to Sandra?”
Zoe Kazan, who portrays an expert political researcher in the film, said she had little political insight to offer. “They cast against type,” she added.
Director David Gordon Green had one simple bit of advice to Clinton and Trump: “Hire Sandra Bullock.”
The post-screening bash maintained the evening’s international theme, taking place at the Chateau Marmont.
“Our Brand Is Crisis” is a fictionalized version of Rachel Boyton’s 2005 documentary about the 2002 presidential election in Bolivia. Its world premiere took place at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
The film, produced by Clooney and Heslov through their Smokehouse banner in association with Participant, opens on Friday.