Sandra Bullock Is (Bleeping) Tired of Romantic Comedies

Reynolds, wed to Scarlett Johansson, can't deny the appeal of a macho dude who is supposedly related to the same-name outlaw and custom-builds motorcycles that sell for up to $150,000. "She knows I call him my husband. No other guy on Earth can walk into a room and make every other male blush. He is the modern incarnation of McGyver and an amazing businessman. He looks tough, but when you meet him he's a puppy dog."

The Time Off Helped

Type-A perfectionist Bullock might have suffered from career burnout in 2002, which led to a year-and-a-half break from movies. But she is in a better place, whether it's in Long Beach, Calif., where she and James live across the street from his first wife, Karla, and their kids, Chandler, 14, and Jesse Jr., 11.

Or it's in Austin, where she has made her home for the past 11 years and finds satisfaction in Bess Bistro, the eatery she owns and designed.

Though she continues producing films — her next release is "All About Steve," an offbeat tale of a crossword expert who latches on to a CNN reporter that opens Sept. 4 — she devotes herself to other interests and causes.

She adopts handicapped dogs from local shelters and is addicted to "buying and restoring old architectural gems that are left dilapidated and finding ways to use them." She's rebuilding a New Orleans high school wrecked by Hurricane Katrina, and is about to restore her first Big Easy house as well.

Told that it will take more than a romantic-comedy hiatus for the actress to lose the title of America's Sweetheart, Bullock makes gagging noises before striking a compromise.

"If a sweetheart can drop the F-bomb every once in a while, I accept that. I'll (bleeping) take it and I'll (bleeping) run with it and I'm (bleeping) happy you said that. And I'm so (bleeping) tired of answering questions about being (bleeping) naked. Thank you."

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