Gravity director opens up about Jolie & Downey, Jr. casting

Award-winning Gravity filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi thriller might have looked very different if Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey, Jr. had stuck with the movie. The Latino director initially cast the two superstars in the doomed astronaut roles that were eventually picked up by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and now he tells The Hollywood Reporter why the film never got made with Jolie and Downey, Jr.
Cuaron reveals Jolie was simply too busy to wait for him to get to grips with the film’s technical issues, and she quit the project for a Disney movie, while Downey, Jr. was simply not a great fit.
The director says, “It became very clear that, as we started to nail the technology, or narrow the technology, that was going to be a big obstacle for his performance… I think Robert is fantastic if you give him the freedom to completely breathe and improvise and change stuff. (But) we tried one of these technologies and it was not compatible.
“We (had a) week that we pretended as if nothing was happening and then we talked and said, ‘This is not going to work. This is tough’.”