James Gunn Talks Up Rocket Raccoon’s Importance And More In Guardians of the Galaxy

08 Jan

Okay I know I’ve been giving you a fair amount of film information to the point where it is kind of overflowing, but I have to say that it can’t be helped. When something interesting goes down in the world of film I just have to talk about it, especially if it is Marvel Studios-related. So today we’re talking more Guardians of the Galaxy news. The following information comes from ComicBookMovie:


“Speaking with Total Film magazine, Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige talked a bit about Guardians of the Galaxy. “Ninety-nine percent of the film takes place on the other side of the universe with all new characters and all new worlds, although through certain connective tissue – such as Thanos in Avengers and some surprise appearances,” he teased. Suggesting Marvel’s been building towards a full-fledged space adventure that’ll be Guardians, Feige says “we explored some of that in the first Thor, Avengers and then more so in Thor: The Dark World.” 

For his first interview since wrapping principal photography on Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn talked with British magazine Small Furry Pets. Revealing his brother Sean Gunn’s contribution to the film, Gunn also talks up Rocket Raccoon and his on-set model, a real raccoon by the name of Oreo. “We needed a raccoon to study how he looked and his behavior, so that our on-screen raccoon, which is generated through CGI will be realistic,” he explained. “Our Rocket is based on a combination of our voice actor, Bradley Cooper, our on-set actor, my brother Sean Gunn, the movements and behavior and look of Oreo, as well as my own animation… Bradley is one of those actors that can do drama and comedy equally well. He can do character work as well as being a leading man. These are important qualities in the role of Rocket – which is a lot more dramatic than you might think.” James Gunn once again dubbed Rocket “the heart of the movie” in a separate interview with Total Film magazine. “He is most representative of the Guardians in the fact that he’s this little mangled beast that was taken and experimented on and torn apart and put back together, and we have to feel that character’s soul,” Gunn says. “If we see his plight, and see why he’s such an angry little guy, then the movie will work.” 

Back with Small Fury Pets magazine, James Gunn was asked at one point if he would agree with the showbiz phrase ‘never work with kids and animals,’ considering the filmmaker’s Instagram shows him playing with mammals of various shapes and sizes. “In general, I enjoy working with kids and animals” he replied. “We have a child in our film, Wyatt Oleff, who is one of the most naturally talented actors in the film – and this is a movie with Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro. I’ve never had a problem with kids. Animals on the other hand – I love them more than anything- but they are, in general, terrible actors. They usually do what they want.”

I like what I am reading, I like it a lot. I want this film to come out now. 😛 But seriously this film sounds awesome, the way Gunn describes the film taking place is space, having connections to The Avengers, it all sounds quite fun and exciting just to speculate as to what these filmmakers are up to you know? I also love the fact that he’s not hiding Rocket Raccoon and is making sure that the character is just as relevant as the rest of the team. Also the fact that they’ve gone so far as to get a real raccoon for the film and researched its movements for the eventual CGI character tells me that they’re no messing around with how authentic they want the character to be.

Again this all sound awesome, but I’m still mindful of this film’s outcome. GotG could be the best thing ever or it could suck really hard and bite Marvel back in the ass. The Marvel Cinematic Universe rides on this one, if Marvel can make this work, then they can do anything in the future and they’ll become godly.

1 Comment

Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Films, Media


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One response to “James Gunn Talks Up Rocket Raccoon’s Importance And More In Guardians of the Galaxy

  1. Tim The Film Guy

    January 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Its a really highly anticipated film. I really want to see it because it is such an unknown. Talking racoons? What is this film? Haha 😀


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