Director Alfonso Cuaron shot his acclaimed outer space thriller Gravity right here on Earth. However, it would seem that not everyone is aware of that fact.
While promoting the flick in Mexico City, a reporter attending the press conference asked if the filmmaker had any trouble shooting in the far reaches of space. Not one to miss an opportunity for a witty retort, Cuaron fired back with an appropriately goofy response.
“What were the technical and human difficulties of filming in space. Was it very difficult, very complicated to film in space? Did the camera operators get sick?” Carlos “El Capi” Perez asked the Gravity director.
Cuaron’s response: “Well, yes, we took some cameras there aboard the Soyuz. We were in space for three-and-a-half months. I got really sick during training.”
According to Gawker, the guy who asked the question is the host of the talk program You Should Be Working. Although his show is rooted in comedy, reporters in attendance at the recent press conference seemed to think that Perez wasn’t trying to be funny. In other words, he was dead serious.
If Perez was asking a legitimate question, then it’s because Cuaron did such an amazing job of making the audience feel as though Sandra Bullock and George Clooney were in outer space. The director recently told The Huffington Post that he wanted to make the physics as real as possible.
“We went through pains to make sure that the behavior of objects in micro-gravity and no resistance was as accurate as possible,” he told the website.
“But what’s great was I received an email this morning from French astronaut Jean-François Clervoy — he’s seen the film already twice. He said, ‘I used to tell people that if they want to get an experience of what it is like to be up there, they have to see one of those IMAX documentaries of footage shot by astronauts. But now I can tell them to go and see ‘Gravity.’ The vision and the sound is what he says are so accurate.”
Did you catch director Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity in theaters? Do you think the movie made you feel as though you were actually in outer space?
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