Sandra Bullock in her most iconic roles
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There was once a time when women over the age of 35 were branded too old to secure film roles of any substance. But, on her 54th birthday, multi-award-winning actress Sandra Bullock continues to prove the absurdity of that dated myth. Bullock’s established career has seen her transform into a vast array of characters from nearly every genre, proving her versatility and desire to deviate from her comfort zone. In celebration of both her acclaimed career and 54th birthday, here are five of Sandra Bullock’s most iconic film roles. 1. Debbie Ocean – Ocean’s 8 (2018) Bullock’s most recent role sees her organising and executing a grand-scale jewellery heist straight out of prison. Debbie Ocean, the younger sister of Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13’s Danny Ocean is just as deceitfully charming as her older brother but holds her own as a captivating and complex character. Leading a group of female con artists right into the heart of the Met Gala is no easy feat but Ocean’s persuasive and organised nature makes her the perfect criminal boss. And Bullock steps into this role with such ease that you won’t be leaving your favourite necklace lying around near her anytime soon. 2. Jane Bodine – Our Brand is Crisis (2015) Taking a dive down the political drama route, Our Brand is Crisis showcases Bullock’s transformation into political campaign strategist ‘Calamity’ Jane Bodine. Arguably one of Bullock’s most complex characters, Bodine is flawed but quick-thinking, irresponsible but also determined, instinctive and manipulative. These conflicting characteristics make her a woman of intrigue. Bodine keeps the election campaign moving but also the film itself, keeping viewers on their toes from the start. Despite her flaws and questionable strategies, it is not hard to get behind her journey and, when it comes down to it, Bodine owns her mistakes and has her morals in order. The powerful but flawed female modern cinema needs.
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