By Armando Tinoco, Oct 16, 2013 07:33 PM EDT
(PHOTO CREDIT: Wireimage)
Director Alfonso Cuarón is in his home country of Mexico promoting his hit movie "Gravity," which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The film is set in space and follows two astronauts as they attempt to return safely to Earth after their space shuttle is destroyed by debris flying at high-speeds. Although the film looks realistic as if it was shot in space, this was not the case. The live elements were primarily shot at both Pinewood and Shepperton Studios in the UK. During the press conference at the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City, a reporter from Azteca's "Deberían Estar Trabajando" ("You Should Be Working") seemed to have believed that the sci-fi motion picture was actually shot in space. "What are the technical and human difficulties of 'recording' in space," the reporter asked. Alfonso smirked probably thinking and asking himself if this guy was being serious. Due to the serious tone that was used by the reporter, Cuarón scratched his head and played along answering sarcastically, "Yes. We took cameras to the Soyuz [spacecraft]. We were there about 3 months and a half in space." At this point reporters at the event started laughing and Cuarón continued, "I really got dizzy during the training..." (WATCH CUARON'S REACTION DOWN BELOW) UPDATE: Alfonso Cuaron Feels Bad For Scrutiny Azteca Reporter Went Through After Asking About Difficulties Of Filming 'Gravity' In Space [VIDEO]
The "Deberían Estar Trabajando" reporter incurred in two mistakes when asking his question. First self-proclaimed himself as a film lover and filmmaker and if you are either of those you know films are filmed not "recorded," although with advances in technology digital cameras are becoming a norm, so the term could be correct in this case. The second mistake was the obvious, just pulling up the Wikipedia page dedicated to the movie you can find out where "Gravity" was filmed and should have honored the title of his show and "should be working" in doing research before the press conference. The Azteca talk show is characterized for managing a sarcastic tone where they constantly make fun of each other and play practical jokes. Those present at the scene felt the reporter was being serious and did not feel this was a joke for the cameras. He did not follow up with another question after this. LatinTimes.com has reached out to the production for comment, but we have yet to hear back from them. It was admirable how Alfonso Cuarón kept a straight face throughout his response, which made for a memorable press conference. To be fair, if the reporter was fooled it's because that was Cuarón's intention all along as he explains in an interview with Space: "I thought the film would be a lot simpler," he says, "It was not until we started trying conventional techniques that I realized … we were going to have to create something entirely new …We wanted it to look like we took our camera into space."
Carlos Perez is the name of the reporter that asked Cuarón the question. His most recent tweets seem to be about the incident where he says, "Sorry Twitter for being a professional committed to the information. Don't tell me that I was the only one that had that doubt."
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This is not the first time that Cuarón has had to play off an uncomfortable question. A few weeks back an intrepid reporter from Univision's "Despierta América" asked the director to weigh in on a photo montage that soap star Lucía Méndez uploaded to her Twitter account. On the caption she claimed to have taken a picture with Clooney and Cuarón during the red carpet for the 70th Venice International Film Festival. The Mexican actress became a joke on the social network after it was discovered that she was Photoshopped in place of Bullock. When asked, the director laughed it off and was sure that the picture was only a joke. Cuarón excused Méndez and said it wasn't her fault as it was her fan club that made the image and felt sorry for the actress. "I don't have the courtesy of knowing Lucía, but I would gladly take a picture with her of course," Alfonso said. "I'll even wear my Manchester." This last part was in reference to a brand of men's button up shirts that Lucía was the face of in the 80s during the peak of her career.