‘The Proposal’ solid remembers working with ‘consummate skilled’ Betty White and her ‘intelligent, soiled innuendos’

Actress Betty White arrives at the Hollywood premiere of

Actress Betty White arrives on the Hollywood premiere of The Proposal in 2009. (Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP by way of Getty Images)

Betty White‘s time on tv, from Life With Elizabeth and The Mary Tyler Moore Show to The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland and lots of extra exhibits, was properly documented. But it was her look in a film, the 2009 hit The Proposal, that fueled a late-in-life resurgence that included a Super Bowl industrial, a string of awards present appearances and a gig internet hosting Saturday Night Live (which netted her a fifth Emmy).

And her efficiency within the romantic comedy, wherein she performed Ryan Reynolds‘s grandmother, a lady simply as intelligent and humorous as she is kindhearted, stood out, even amongst a terrific solid that was additionally led by Sandra Bullock. White was unnoticed of the Oscar race in favor of extra dramatic turns, however she did benefit an MTV Movie Award and a few Teen Choice Awards. Pretty spectacular for an octogenarian!

In honor of what would have been the late star’s 100th birthday on Jan. 17, this is a glance again at what she and others concerned with the movie have mentioned about her time there.

‘Let her be Betty White’

The achieved actress felt compelled to do the film, which was written by first-time screenwriter Peter Chiarelli and directed by Step Up‘s Anne Fletcher, immediately.

Betty White and Sandra Bullock co-star in

Betty White and Sandra Bullock co-starred in The Proposal. (Photo: Sam Emerson/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)

“It sounds corny, but I get a lot of scripts sent to me,” White instructed Australia’s Female.com whereas selling the movie. “And some of them are not your cup of tea. You know. So I just say a polite, ‘Thank you, thank you for thinking of me. But I’m booked.’ But then every once in a while… I loved this script for The Proposal when I first read it.”

White defined that it was the juiciness of the position that attracted her.

“First of all, how many people at my age have a part in there as good as the part in this movie? You know, that doesn’t happen often,” she mentioned. “Usually the little old person comes in, says something outrageous, and splits. But I liked the romantic aspect. I liked the fact that they didn’t throw in a lot of garbage that so many other things think they have to include in that kind of thing. And I cared about whether these two people got back together. So, I got hooked on it then. And, of course, when I heard Sandra and Ryan were going to do it, that clinched it for me.”

And Bullock was tremendous excited to welcome her to the solid.

“With Betty White. I said, if you get Betty White, I want to be in that scene reacting off of her. I don’t want to be speaking,” Bullock defined. “You let her be Betty White, because that’s, that’s gold.”

‘Part of me hated her’

On the set, White made an indelible impression on the stellar ensemble, which additionally included The Office actor Oscar Nuñez. He performed Ramone, who had a number of jobs, together with one as a stripper, in Reynolds’s small hometown. There’s a hilarious scene wherein he takes the stage at a strip membership earlier than an viewers that features White, which he remembers fondly.

“I’m so glad I got to meet and work with Betty White,” Nuñez tells Yahoo Entertainment. “On my first day of shooting The Proposal, it was my strip dance scene. It was the most fun I had shooting a scene in a movie. And it was also a very long day. At the end of the day, we were still shooting that same scene, and we were all feeling very tired, but Betty White was the consummate professional who didn’t complain, who was positive and focused. She was ready to go again. And I thought, ‘If Betty White, who is in her 80s, can do this with such grace, so can I. Part of me hated her because I really wanted to complain. I love you, Betty White.”

Oscar Nuñez performs a strip tease for Sandra Bullock and the female cast of

Oscar Nuñez performs a strip tease for Sandra Bullock and the ladies of The Proposal. White and different ladies of the solid had been within the viewers. (Photo: Kerry Hayes/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Cast member Malin Akerman, who first encountered White just a bit earlier, says the very best a part of working with the TV legend was her “unbreakable and infectious positivity.

“I bear in mind being within the hair and make up trailer once I first met Betty,” Akerman shares with us. “I used to be making an attempt to be on my greatest habits in entrance of this legend and never let my trucker mouth get the very best of me, when, earlier than I knew it, Betty had us all in tears along with her off-the-cuff humor, full of impolite phrases and intelligent, soiled innuendos! A gal who knew the way in which straight to my coronary heart!”

Character actor Denis O’Hare, who played the immigration agent hot on the trail of Reynolds and Bullock’s Andrew and Margaret, also raved about having White around. 

“Working with Betty White was all the pieces I’d dreamed it will be,” O’Hare tells us. “She was humorous, fast fast fast with simply the appropriate flick of intonation to land a jeweled, barbed joke — all with a smile.”

Denis O'Hare plays the (rightly) suspicious immigration agent in

Denis O’Hare plays the (rightly) suspicious immigration agent in The Proposal. (Photo: Kerry Hayes/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)

The former Golden Girl was just as terrific as shooting came to an end, as Nuñez recounted.

“I wasn’t there to witness this. I actually want I had been,” he says. “I heard that on Betty’s final day of labor on The Proposal, she gave a farewell speech to the solid and crew. ‘Thank you all for a beautiful time… this was essentially the most enjoyable I had on any film set.’ She turned to depart. Everyone clapped and mentioned, ‘Aw.’ She turned again round and mentioned, ‘While standing up.'”

Betty White and director Anne Fletcher collaborate on set. (Photo: Sam Emerson/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Betty White and director Anne Fletcher collaborate on set. (Photo: Sam Emerson/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

‘She’s a [bleeped word] national treasure!’

The cast’s chemistry was obvious on the screen, but it shone through especially as they made the rounds to promote their movie. In one example, White and Bullock gave the crowd a laugh at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2010. As White accepted a Life Achievement Award from Bullock, she grabbed her hand and deadpanned, “Isn’t it heartening to see how far a woman as plain as she is can go?”

And White’s bond with the group continued in the years afterward.

For instance, Reynolds wished White happy birthday in 2021 by releasing a funny sketch the two had filmed with Bullock when their movie was released. It showed the funny trio, particularly White, in fine form, as the latter mistook Reynolds for an assistant, even though they had been working together for weeks. Still, Bullock reprimands her leading man for protesting. “She’s a [bleeped word] nationwide treasure!” Bullock snaps. “She is. You’re not.” 

And there have been extra laughs to come back. In an interview with People journal to mark her 100th birthday, White joked that Reynolds had been eager for her since they labored collectively. He had really referred to her as his ex-girlfriend. “I’ve heard Ryan cannot recover from his factor for me,” White said, “however Robert Redford is ‘The One.'”

When White died, Reynolds and Bullock joined the rest of the cast in paying loving tribute to her. “The world seems totally different now,” his began. “She was nice at defying expectation. She managed to develop very outdated and by some means, not sufficiently old. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you understand the key.”

Bullock gave an announcement to People: “I do not drink vodka… however I’ll tonight, on ice, with a slice of lemon with a sizzling canine on the opposite facet and simply be OK being unhappy. I’ll have to purchase some rose-colored glasses as a result of Betty was that for all of us.”

The Oscar winner’s former co-star, O’Hare, tells Yahoo Entertainment that he has special plans for Jan. 17, which also happens to be his own birthday. It stems back to his favorite memory of White.

“We had been sharing a van home after a day of taking pictures up on the shore north of Boston and we chatted. She requested me what I used to be doing and I mentioned I used to be simply gonna keep in. She mentioned, ‘I’m gonna have a martini and a Cobb salad,'” O’Hare says of White, who famously loved vodka martinis. “On January 17th, I do know what I’m going to do. I do not drink however I’m gonna have a particular virgin cocktail with a Cobb salad.”


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