Sandra Bullock has revealed that she once requested to be fired from a film because a “person of authority” pursued her and continued to make unwanted advances.
Bullock was discussing how, an incident that occurred in the early stages of her career, still lives long in the memory and praised the brave women how came forward to oust disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
“Very early on in my career I had a situation on a film, which was hard,” Bullock told the Sunday Times. “It came from a person of authority. I kept deflecting it with humour and it didn’t work. Finally, I said, ‘Please just fire me.’”
Discussing Weinstein directly, Bullock explained how she had never any encountered sexual misconduct personally but had heard speculation around his dealings: “I heard about Harvey and I was afraid of him,” Bullock said. “I wasn’t asked to be in that world. I learnt early on to shut things off so those things didn’t come my way. I only heard what Harvey wanted people to hear, and that made me so fucking angry. People would say, ‘Well, you know how she got that role? She fucked Harvey.’ I would say, ‘Shut the fuck up. You don’t know that.’ Then, later, to find out that woman was brutally attacked.
“They didn’t sleep with Harvey. Harvey wanted you to think that,” she added before discussing the impact of the women revealing the truth: “I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is amazing, but fuck, fuck, fuck, what if it doesn’t work?’” she said in regards to potential repercussions of a failed move to reveal Weinstein’s heinous acts.
“‘Please God, let it not swing the other way.’ We’re in such uncharted territory right now. I’ve seen a lot of fear and a lot of men of a certain generation not understanding.”