In case you didn’t know, award-winning director Alfonso Cuaron’s most famous recent work is the epic space film Gravity (2013) with wild effects and a somewhat interesting storyline (I saw the film and I’ll leave out my reviews). However, if you were a true die-hard Harry Potter fan, you may be a fan of his. After all, Cuaron is the director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). I must say that is my favorite movie of the series. However, the magic almost never happened.
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When Cuaron was first approached about the film, much of the team found him to be an unusual choice. He even thought himself an unusual choice, since he was completely unfamiliar with the series. Say what?! And, apparently, the ever-talented director Guillermo del Toro really laced it into his friend when they discussed it.
According to AVClub, when Cuaron first told del Toro about the opportunity that he probably wasn’t going to take, the Shape of Water (2017) director flipped. He even called Cuaron a “fuckin’ flaco” (which is an insult meaning ‘skinny’ in English.) When del Toro asked if Cuaron read the books, to which the answer was no, his response was fiery. He said:
Fuckin’ skinny, you’re such a fuckin’ arrogant bastard. You are going right now to the fuckin’ bookshop and get the books and you’re going to read them and you call me right away.
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Obviously we’ve got a fan over here. Eventually Cuaron got through half of the third book before telling del Toro that “the material’s really great.” The response, he said, can’t exactly be translated into English. However, Cuaron explained that he learned a great lesson about humility and what truly strikes the heart of readers and people all over. And yes, we are pretty excited that Guillermo del Toro is a Harry Potter fan, and a fierce one at that! I wonder what Hogwarts House he’s in!
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