His mother was a projectionist in a mountain village. When she married Gicu – a truck driver – he threw away her entire picture collection of famous actors, claiming she was now a married woman and should dedicate her time to more serious business. One night, when she was going home from a movie projection, she ran into some guy she knew, who apparently got her pregnant. When Gicu found out, he banished her. When the mother arrived in Bucharest, she gave birth to a baby boy whom she named Oscar.