It’s a special art of evasiveness that not all Hollywood stars have, supporting a movie that they know to be a turd. Some are good at it through the sheer forcefulness of their exuberant personalities (John Travolta, for instance, who certainly should have enough practice). Others — in roundtable interviews, say — are able to speak in coded vagaries about how much “fun” they had making the movie. When tangential anecdotes dominate the conversation, a smart interviewer knows it’s by design, not accident.
The TV circuit is another matter, because it’s so much more manageable. Still, Sandra Bullock is not at all convincing in her stumping for Premonition (nor should she be — it’s retarded). On The Daily Show recently she slipped into a bizarre slipstream with host Jon Stewart about their (individual, not shared) experiences with re-shoots, and each joked about smoking pot. Then, last night on The Tonight Show Bullock was lobbed a characteristic softball by Jay Leno — who really still is an awful interviewer, after all these years — about the production of the movie, and she had this to offer: “We shot it in kind of a way where the audience is feeling everything she is too… it’s trippy, [watching it] you feel like you’re going crazy as well.” Now there’s a ringing endorsement!