Alfonso Cuarón reveals that Guillermo del Toro called him an “arrogant idiot” for hesitating to direct the third “Harry Potter” film – El Diario NY

Alfonso Cuarón reveals that Guillermo del Toro called him an “arrogant idiot” for hesitating to direct the third “Harry Potter” film – El Diario NY

It is a secret to no one that Alfonso Cuaron He has established himself as one of the best directors on the current international film scene. However, and to the surprise of many, the Mexican was close to having a different destiny due to the professional conflict that caused him to “take the reins” of the project that catapulted him to the top: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, something that changed thanks to his friend Guillermo del Toro.

Through a recent interview with the media Total Film, the director of “Rome“He confessed the way in which the third film of the magic was offered to him through the producer David Hayman.

However, despite the attractive offer, the film writer also revealed that he hesitated to accept the film because he was not familiar with the saga of novels by JK Rowling: “I was confused because it wasn’t on my radar at all.”

Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro participating in an event.
Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro have been great friends for years.
Credit: Mezcalo

Within the same talk, Cuaron confessed that given the doubts he had about directing one of the films Harry Potterwas his friend and also director Guillermo del Torowho helped him make a decision thanks to his “words of encouragement.”

What did Guillermo del Toro say to Alfonso Cuarón?

According to the director of “And Your Mother Too“, tape that Heyman took as a reference to offer him the film of Harry Potter to Cuaron Due to the similarity of themes related to adolescence, Del Toro It was a decisive factor in venturing into the magical saga.

I talk to Guillermo often and a couple of days later I told him: ‘You know, they offered me this Harry Potter movie, but it’s very rare that they offer me this.’ He said: ‘Wait, wait, wait, you said you haven’t read Harry Potter?’ ”.

Alfonso Cuaron

Bu Cuarón posing on a red carpet.

As mentioned by Alfonso, the words of William had an almost immediate effect on his decision: “I felt like an idiot. I hadn’t seen it like that. I went to buy the books and read them one after another. And then I realized it was an incredible story.”

After taking the reins of the project, Cuaron managed to revitalize the saga of Harry Potter and convert it from a product in its infancy to a saga with international projection and greater maturity.

Thanks to this work, the Mexican director also placed himself among the best directors of the time, which allowed him to continue with other important projects such as “Children Of Men“, “Gravity” and “Rome”, the last two winners of the awards Oscar.

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