The ending of Stanley Kubrick's science fiction epic '2001: A Space Odyssey' has been the center of debate since the day the film was released. A recently surfaced video, however, hopes to put the debate to restby giving you the meaning straight from the lauded director himself.

In footage that appears to show filmmaker Jun’ichi Yaoi on a telephone call with Kubrick, the meaning of the movie's cryptic ending may have been revealed. Yaoi tells Kubrick "the people are wondering, what is the meaning of the last scene," to which Kubrick responds: "I’ve tried to avoid doing this ever since the picture came out."

Stanley Kubrick on the meaning of the ending of 2001 in a rare 1980 interview.

Of course, since you can't actually see Kubrick on camera the whole thing could just be a hoax. But we'd like to believe that this is the real deal.