might be known for delivering some pretty gritty and tense movies, but don't think he doesn't have a sense of humor - albeit a very dark one.
The Gravity director recently took to Reddit to do an Ask Me Anything session in the run-up to the BAFTAs and Oscars. If you're a big fan of his work, like me, then you'll no doubt want to scroll through the entire thing. But let me pick out some of his best bits for you below.
Firstly, when asked if there was an alternative ending to Gravity, Cuarón explained:
We had an alternative ending in which after landing on Earth, Ryan will get back on her feet and as she's walking away Matt Kovalski falls from the sky and crashes her to death. And then cut to black. Create scroll in silence.
Now, unbelievably, some outlets have suggested Cuarón was being serious here. But I think it's absolutely safe to assume he's joking. Indeed, his Reddit AMA was filled with many hilarious answers to various questions. For example, when asked if anything from his childhood had affected his film making, he responded:
I really don't believe in all of these Freudian things because they are not always penis I mean real.
And answering the odd question of who smells better, or , he answered:
Both smell fantastic. Clive smells like Cinnamon with hints of clove and citrus. George smells like red woods with vanilla and a hint of tequila.
Enlightening stuff, I'm sure you'd agree.
However, it wasn't all fun and games. Cuarón also provided some insightful answers to serious questions. For example, when asked how he viewed the next 10 years of film making, he stated:
There used to be only one paradigm: the experience of going to the theaters. Later on, that paradigm was dual: people would watch movies in the cinema and also on TV. Later on came home video and now we have all these different formats. There used to be only be visuals, then there came sound, and then color. Now we're making the transition into the digital formats where everybody can have affordable systems in their homes. What I believe is that, because of the new ways of production and distribution, multiple paradigms are going to be created. They are going to co-exist. Each one of these paradigms is going to constantly evolve and go in many different directions. I think all of this is very exciting because it's going to challenge our current conceptions of cinema in which the format of experience of film and/or the length are going to very diverse.
And when talking about reviewing his former work, he provided quite a surprising answer:
Once I finish a film I don't ever see it again. As I have said many times before, as opposed to some of my friends that consider their films like their babies, for me my films are like ex-wives. I loved them so much, they loved me so much, I gave them so much, they gave me so much- but now we have parted ways.
Alfonso Cuarón recently took the BAFTA for Best Director at last weekend's award ceremony. The BAFTAs are often seen as a strong indication of what could occur at the imminent Oscars. Do you think he deserves to take the gong for Best Director at the ceremony? Let us know below.