George Clooney and Sandra Bullock were accepting congrats at Friday’s swanky Toronto after-party for “Our Brand is Crisis,” where producer Grant Heslov told Variety that Bullock “kicked us in the a–” to get the project in motion.
Heslov and fellow producer Clooney had been nurturing Peter Straughan‘s script for years when Bullock asked if the central role could be played by a woman instead of a man. Heslov said the transformation was simple, and improved the whole thing.
The party at restaurant Montecito was crowded, but so was the entire Toronto Film Festival schedule. No less than four big Hollywood films were premiering within a few hours Friday night: Aside from Warner Bros.’ “Brand,” festgoers had to choose among Fox’s “The Martian,” Lionsgate’s “Sicario” and Sony Classics’ “I Saw the Light.” The stars and filmmakers of “Sicario” took their party to Toronto’s Soho House before the screening. Emily Blunt kicked back with co-stars Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin, and hubby John Krasinski. Also in attendance were Lionsgate’s Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman, director Denis Villeneuve, writer Taylor Sheridan and d.p. Roger Deakins.