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Journalist Asks Alfonso Cuar贸n How He Filmed 'Gravity' In Space (VIDEO)

It seems the critically-acclaimed visual effects in the space thriller 鈥淕ravity鈥 fooled at least one viewer.

During a press conference in Mexico City on Wednesday, a reporter asked the film鈥檚 director Alfonso Cuar贸n to describe the difficulties of directing a movie in space. In the recording by, the Mexican director first listens to the question and then is quick to offer a comical answer.

After 90 minutes of gut-wrenching space action, many moviegoers may have left the theater with some burning questions about the making of 鈥淕ravity.鈥 Reporter Carlos P茅rez for Mexico TV Azteca network was no exception.

鈥淚 think that all of us who love cinema, film professionals, those of us who perhaps make movies have the same doubt,鈥 P茅rez asked Cuar贸n during the press conference. 鈥淲hat were the technical and physical difficulties of filming in space? Perhaps we all have the same question, isn鈥檛 that right colleagues? Was it very difficult? Was it complicated to shoot in space? Did the cameramen get dizzy? I don鈥檛 know.鈥

While no other reporters chimed in to support P茅rez or clear up the confusion, Cuar贸n decides to give him an answer.

鈥淲ell yeah, we took some cameras in the Soyuz [spacecraft], russian missions. We were there for three and a half months, right? Three and half months in space,鈥 the Mexican director responded calmly.

鈥淧lus the training,鈥 someone chimed in as the room begins to fill with laughter.

鈥淭he training, yes I was very bad in the training. I did get very dizzy during the training. When I was up there [in space] not so much but el Chivo yes鈥 Cuar贸n continued also starting to laugh. 鈥淭hough in all honesty, I have proof that we were there. There is a moment in the movie where we let a reflection of the camera crew slip, I鈥檓 in it and so is Chivo floating in the reflection of the visor. Right there in space. I can鈥檛 tell you what part it is but with the DVD you can do the freeze frame and you鈥檒l see us. We were there.鈥

P茅rez doesn鈥檛 respond to the director鈥檚 explanation, and with a laugh Cuar贸n adds: 鈥淗e doesn鈥檛 believe it. Well you鈥檒l see.鈥

As the following journalist was called and introduced himself, the director interrupted to simply 鈥渃larify鈥 that there had been some issues with the focus while filming in space.

As news of the reporter鈥檚 gaffe began to circulate, P茅rez took to Twitter to defend himself.

鈥淔orgive me Twitter for being a professional committed to information鈥︹ the TV Azteca reporter wrote. "Don't tell me I was the only one who had that doubt."

UPDATED Oct. 17 at 5:50 p.m.: According to Latin Times, Carlos P茅rez is a reporter on TV Azteca's comedic talk show "Deber铆an Estar Trabajando" (You Should Be Working). Following the response on social media, the show dedicated a segment in which P茅rez comically responded to his critics on Twitter. While it seems the question may have in fact been a joke, it's still unclear whether Cuar贸n and the journalists at the press conference fell for the ruse.

Check out the audio of the exchange in Spanish below and a video of P茅rez answering tweets above.

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