12/16/2011 12:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sandra Bullock On 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close' Screen Time, Comeback (VIDEO)

Following her Oscar win for 2009's "The Blindside," Sandra Bullock decided to leave show business for a little while. With a new son and a divorce, she had a lot to deal with, to say the very least. Now, she's making her comeback, but instead of a major starring role, she's playing support in an upcoming ensemble tearjerker.

Bullock co-stars in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" as the widow of a man, played by Tom Hanks, who died in the September 11th attacks in New York City. She has only 24-minutes of screen time, as she mostly plays guide to her on-screen son Thomas Horn as he searches for a secret he believes his father left for him before he died.

The Oscar-winner spoke with the Today Show on Thursday about the decision to star in the Jonathan Safron Foer novel adaptation, eschewing ego for a chance to feature in a film that really moved her.

"I've already had those moments [as a leading lady], I think," she said. "I mean, there might be more, I don't know, but I don't know how many moments and opportunities like this there'll be -- with stories like this, with directors and casts like this -- It's like the rare moments in life where all the elements are there, and they all come together for some strange or bigger reason. You can't say no to that."


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