The director of the box-office hit “Gravity” was asked by a reporter Thursday what it was like filming in space.
“What were the technical and human difficulties of filming in space?” a reporter for Azteca TV asked (translated via Google Translate).
Director Alfonso Cuaron, actors Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and crew did not actually film in space. Unsure of the reporter’s sincerity, Cuaron responded in kind.
“Yes, we took cameras to the [spacecraft],” he said after a chuckle. “We were in space for three-and-a-half months. I got really dizzy while rehearsing.”
He also joked that they lost a lighting assistant in space, too.
After the humorous Q&A, some took to making fun of the journalist, but as it turns out, the joke might be on them. The reporter was revealed to be Carlos “El Capi” Perez, whom the Hollywood Reporter identified as a reporter for a comedic talk show, Deberian Estar Trabajando, which translates to “You Should Be Working.” So, take Perez’s seemingly serious question with that in mind.
On Twitter, Perez defended himself.
“Twitter Forgive me for being a professional committed to the information …,” he tweeted, perhaps still maintaining his sarcastic attitude. “Do not tell me I was the only one who really did that doubt.”
“What Mr. Capi did was to be irreverent,” Ines Gomez Mont with the show told the Latin Times. ”Mr. Cuaron fell for it and did it very politely by replying to that question. The media, some took it aggressively while others not so much, but this is the show and we are happy that you are here.”
Watch the infamous Q&A, which drew laughs (note: it’s spoken in Spanish):
The actual filming of “Gravity” involved animation and then shooting with the actual actors in a box that projected the environment of space around them, according to Wired.
Check out the official trailer for the film: