Actors who take on difficult roles often consult with people who have been in similar situations as depicted in the movies they will be in. Universe Today reported on September 27, 2013, that Sandra Bullock, who plays an astronaut who becomes lost in space in the upcoming movie “Gravity” was no different.
“Actors for a new movie coming out in October 2013 received tips about life in space from NASA astronaut Cady Coleman. ‘Gravity’ is the story of two astronauts (played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock) whose shuttle is destroyed by a run-in with space junk during an EVA, stranding them both in orbit and struggling for survival.
“While developing her role, Bullock gave Coleman a call while she was aboard the space station. At the time, the actress asked Coleman to elaborate on what it’s like living and moving about in microgravity. ‘I told her that I had long hair, and if you pulled a hair out and pushed it against something, you could move yourself across the space station,’ said Coleman. ‘That’s how little force it takes.’”
Of course Coleman nor any other astronaut has been in quite the peril that Bullock’s character is in the movie. She is beset by an explosion of a Russian satellite that trashes her space shuttle and damages the International Space Station, sending her careening into space, a captive of physics as her oxygen runs out. NASA takes great pains to explain the training and preparation makes such a situation extremely unlikely.