James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Says Rocket Raccoon Is the Heart of the Movie and It’s “Very Different” from STAR WARS

Posted April 19, 2013 by Rick in Movie News

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The process of filming is currently underway on Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, while the next film to start this process is Guardians of the Galaxy.  Casting has been gradually improving on the space-set film.  Chris Pratt plays the role of the Star-Lord, Michael Rooker is playing Yondu, Zoe Saldana plays Gamora and David Bautista is in negotiations to fill the role of Drax the destroyer.  James Gunn was interviewed and he spoke about his future plans for the film Guardians of the Galaxy.  He tells us that filming begins at the end of June and talks about the importance of the character Rocket Raccoon, how he gathered the cast and comparisons to Star Wars. 

“I do think we’re very, very different fromStar Wars. Some of the concept art that came out is under my tutelage, and some of it is before my tutelage…The Rocket that was by itself was an early version of my Rocket that I dealt with Charlie when developing. He doesn’t look so much like that anymore, but there’s a lot of similarities in that he’s more of a grounded, real little creature as opposed to a cartoonish thing.”

Gunn also spoke about how essential the character is to film in general:

“I’ve done a lot of studying with real raccoons, and we had real raccoons come in. We’ve done photography with them, I’ve played with raccoons, and fed raccoons, and dealt a lot with real raccoons to get some of the behaviour down, because it’s really, really important to me that Rocket Raccoon, who is the heart of the movie, is not a cartoon character, it’s not Bugs Bunny in the middle of The Avengers, it’s a real, little, somewhat mangled beast that’s alone. There’s no one else in the universe quite like him, he’s been created by these guys to be a mean-ass fighting machine.”

Gunn explained that we have to wait a while to see who will be playing the role of Rocket, but he did speak about how he came across Chris Pratt for the film’s lead role:

“We saw a lot of very famous guys for the role [of Star-Lord], a lot of very well-known people, and very, very good actors. We saw a lot of good performances, but it wasn’t until Chris came in and he read and I was like, ‘oh my God’, this guy has his own, very particular, amazing take on the character that blew my mind, blew me away. Then I thought, this is the first guy I could see sharing the screen with Robert Downey Jr. and giving him a run for his money.”