Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock get star billing but play supporting roles in Warner’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”
At Thursday’s Ziegfeld preem, Hanks surmised, “I just say yes to the role and the marketing department has fist fights about everything else.”
He took the brief role of a father who perishes in 9/11 “because of the source material and what it was trying to do. The whole gamble is, Are we right on time? Are we too early? Or too late? It’s Stephen Daldry’s responsibility to make sure we’ve made a movie that is worthy of being made.”
Bullock wondered rhetorically, “Absolutely, it’s a supporting role, but you saw the film. Did you doubt my decision?” She paused briefly. “Exactly! It’s the director, the story, the timing. Timing is everything! It felt like the thing I wanted to be part of.”
For the pic’s real leading player, Thomas Horn, billing was the last thing on his mind, “The big surprise was that I was cast in the first place, frankly. Two years ago I had no idea I would be an actor,” said the 14-year-old thesp.
After the preem, at 583 Park Avenue, Gayle King proved to be the social butterfly of the party, chatting up Rita Wilson and Christiane Amanpour in the Hanks section before segueing to a talk with pic’s Viola Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon.