Lee Pace And Michael Rooker Discuss James Gunn And Their GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Roles

While 'Yondu' Michael Rooker explains that Guardians of the Galaxy has always felt "like a James Gunn movie," 'Ronan the Accuser' actor Lee Pace praises the director for allowing him to really "go there."

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 11/23/2013


After playing the Elvenking Thranduil in The Hobbit trilogy back-to-back, actor Lee Pace was in store for something quite different when he signed on for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy playing the primary villain, Ronan the Accuser, who's a Kree leader and Thanos employee. “The characters couldn't be more different!” he told SciFiNow magazine recently. “I remember walking on set [of Guardians of the Galaxy], and I was like 'Very un-elfy, right guys?'” Pace said. “[Ronan] is a real psychopathic beast. I'm having the best time playing it. I kept looking over at James Gunn when we were shooting, 'Too much? Should I pull back?' He's like 'No, more, go for it!'”

Also joining the ranks of the villains (or antiheros) in Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the first few actors to join the film, Michael Rooker, who's playing the Centaurian game hunter Yondu Udonta.
“It's felt like a James Gunn movie as soon as he called me about it! I went out and bagged a comic just to see what he was doing, and I was like 'Oh my God, he's doing this!'” he says of his longtime friend & frequent collaborator. “I was very happy because he's a big comic guy, even as a young child he really enjoyed reading them, so it was great to see him doing something that really got his creative energy going.” As for why the director chose him for the role, Rooker says “He loves to torture me and make me look strange. Directors always love to tell actors what to do, and he loves telling me what to do, and that's why he hired me!” Coincidentally, James Gunn was asked moments ago on his Spring.me if he already had The Walking Dead actor in mind when he wrote the Yondu character. “Yes, I wrote the role specifically for Rooker,” the director replied. What do you think?

UPDATE: It appears the Spring.me account that's mentioned above is not James Gunn's, but actually a faux. Therefore, disregard that last quote about Yondu being written for Michael Rooker.

UPDATE #2: Now you can disregard the above update as James Gunn has taken to his official Spring.me to confirm that he in fact “wrote the Yondu role specifically for Michael Rooker.”

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” the next epic adventure from Marvel Studios, is directed by James Gunn from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn, and the film will introduce audiences to a whole new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro as The Collector, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close as Nova Prime, with Vin Diesal as Groot and Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is scheduled for release August 1, 2014!
Source: SciFiNow
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Kiltman - 11/23/2013, 5:51 PM
Can't wait to see Ronan....hopefully we get a trailer sometime soon
MrCBM56 - 11/23/2013, 6:15 PM
Trailer with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug followed by a Super Bowl TV spot followed by a Trailer in front of The Winter Solider.

Called it!
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 11/23/2013, 6:16 PM
James is an oddball. The epitome of hit or miss. I'm excited to see this, but I really doubt any of the cast has real chemistry and... I don't know, we'll see.
sanyaya - 11/23/2013, 6:19 PM
I have no idea who lee pace is
sanyaya - 11/23/2013, 6:20 PM
Seriously who is he looks familliar
marvelstudios - 11/23/2013, 6:20 PM
Can't wait for this movie. The only psychopath villain Marvel has had so far was Emil Blonsky; would love to see more.
MrMartinMarvel - 11/23/2013, 6:29 PM
Oh God Lee Pace just really got me excited for Ronan! Ronan better be the ruthless cold blooded killer Pace is promising or else I'm gonna…be very disappointed.
ATrueHero1987 - 11/23/2013, 6:33 PM
@0mega "Nice to hear Pace was able to go all out in the role, but I hope that they don't go overboard with Ronan. He's supposed to be a ruthless badass, but not an all out psycho"

I agree. In fact that's really the ONLY thing I'm worried about this movie. Loving all this GOTG news that we've been getting lately.

"Obviously, since we already know that Ronan will eventually end up not being the one that killed Drax's family"

lol, again I agree. Once I saw read what Drax storyline was, I know that Marvel didn't really change it and Thanos will be truly responsible.

I hope that toy description a few weeks back was right and we see a fight between Drax & Thanos
DelTorite - 11/23/2013, 6:35 PM
Lee Pace will be the next Hiddleston/Cumberbatch. Mark my words.
CharlesLord - 11/23/2013, 6:35 PM
i cant say enough how excited i am for this
CharlesLord - 11/23/2013, 6:35 PM
@omega cmon man dont bring it up bruh. Im over here depressed already lol
ATrueHero1987 - 11/23/2013, 6:36 PM
Now I'm getting the feeling that we will get a teaser trailer before the year is over with...
DelTorite - 11/23/2013, 6:38 PM
LittleDanglyThing - 11/23/2013, 6:40 PM
@ATrueHero

That fight would be sick! and I hope Thanos kicks his ass. What I'm most afraid of is Thanos being downplayed, if they treat him like Bendis did in Avengers Assemble then I'll be very very disappointed.
LittleDanglyThing - 11/23/2013, 6:42 PM
@Omega

Hopefully he won't take an ENTIRE season off and say he's "the best player in the league" then perform "OK" for 10 games and get injured again and then rinse and repeat. I hope Kobe is still good gosh darnit.
KeefNCookies - 11/23/2013, 6:49 PM
“Yes, I wrote the role specifically for Rooker,”

This is most disconcerting.
npamusic - 11/23/2013, 6:55 PM
this is gonna be banana balls amazing.
LittleDanglyThing - 11/23/2013, 7:01 PM
@Omega

Errr what?lol You know what he was averaging last year right?lol and how he single handedly took LA to the playoffs? Did you miss ESPN last season?
LittleDanglyThing - 11/23/2013, 7:03 PM
@Omega

But yea that ruptured achilles is no joke. If he comes out suckin then I'll just cry and watch the Clippers saying "This could have been US!" whenever I see Chris Paul get a triple double.
OdinsBeard - 11/23/2013, 7:05 PM
omega, yeah that sucks man. too bad if you're a bulls fan. even i was looking forward to that guy's future. i guess there's still hope?
LittleDanglyThing - 11/23/2013, 7:09 PM
Bulls will be good with or without him. That D stands for D**k and the put it in everyones Offense.
BANE5000 - 11/23/2013, 7:31 PM
After seeing the look and feel of the mid credits scene in Thor TDW, I hope they make it so that it fits the already feel and look of the res of the MCU, I hope people know what im trying to say here. It did look kind of off but Ill hold my judgement till the movie comes out.
MightyZeus - 11/23/2013, 7:46 PM
This is great news. I'm really hyped to see Rooker in the role since he's actually read the original Guardians of the Galaxy. For Lee Pace i'm intrigued to see what the actor can bring to the table as he plays Ronan the Acuser.
AUSSYACE - 11/23/2013, 8:12 PM
This should be a lot of fun movie...
DurtyTalynt - 11/23/2013, 8:18 PM
Thats awesome that Gunn wrote the part for Rooker. Missing him and Shane on the Walking Dead but im glad he got this part as well.
ezio619 - 11/23/2013, 8:18 PM
OMEGA-this is great news,i do hope that they keep the ronan angle, the whole he does things for the good of the kree empire,but i they have to change around things for the good of what story they wanna tell, Lee pace has said " he is a complicated kree" so hopefully he has some depth to him,i think he means that ronan is aggressive and brutal,both in combat and his demeanor,i think they are just really passionate about what they shot and what it to turn out good,all of them keep saying that james gunn is the right man for this job and they trust him completely and james gunn is know to be avery specific guy, he wants his story,characters etc, to be a specific way, they way he sees fit so hopefully it will turn out great,pace was a weird choice for ronan,but then again who would have thought andy from parks and rec would be star lord, glenn close would be the leader of the nova corps etc, this film has been filled witha weird cast and i really hope this pays off.
ezio619 - 11/23/2013, 8:22 PM
i think once we get a trailer, which is hopefully soon as in next month,peoples fears will either be quelled or rise even more
ezio619 - 11/23/2013, 8:38 PM
i think the footage we will see will be similar to the comic con footage with maybe a few new snippets and the next trailer will be alot of new footage
ezio619 - 11/23/2013, 8:43 PM
im trying REAL hard not to get too excited for this so i dont end up getting dissapointed but every news that comes out revealing more about the characters and plot ...i cant help it,its sounds so good
AlexanderLykins - 11/23/2013, 8:50 PM
So when can we realistically expect a trailer?
ezio619 - 11/23/2013, 8:53 PM
Alex- i think january with Jack Ryan or february at the most with Robocop
ezio619 - 11/23/2013, 9:01 PM
Omegadagod-haha,yeah its weird but lee pace is a really good actor,james said that he audtioned for the role of tar lord but he didnt feel he was right, but he thought he could play ronan and then he audtioned him for that and he landed the role
ezio619 - 11/23/2013, 9:01 PM
Alex-what did u think of the 4 superhero films this year?
AlexanderLykins - 11/23/2013, 9:02 PM
@ezio619
This trailer better deliver. This is the biggest Marvel risk since Iron Man. To be honest I'm extremely nervous about how this movie is going to effect the MCU. In many ways this the next part of the bigger story Marvel is driving towards. A lot rides on this film.
ezio619 - 11/23/2013, 9:02 PM
Alex-im nervous too and i think the trailer will be good, lets just hope the movie delivers
ezio619 - 11/23/2013, 9:05 PM
Alex-they recognize this is arisk,fiege has said he knew the reaction to the midcredits scene would be"what the hell is this" and they recognize the silliness of this so yeah,james gunn has said,he wants the characters to be there, he wants to create a world that is unique and out there but it is grounded with the characters that we can relate to
AlexanderLykins - 11/23/2013, 9:14 PM
@ezio619
I liked all of them. Again, if I'm being honest, I feel Man of Steel delivered better than all of the other films. It felt fresh and it was a much needed reboot. Iron Man 3 was okay. I think I went into that movie expecting too much and left disappointed like many others. It was still a decent movie but it didn't feel right to me. Thor: The Dark World was pretty good. I was skeptical with all of the Loki but they pulled it off perfectly. It felt like we were going back to the MCU. In Iron Man 3 it felt completely disconnected. Not sure if you are referring to Wolverine or Kick-Ass 2 for the last movie so I will touch on both. Wolverine was another pleasant surprise. The movie was a little slow but Hugh Jackman carried it as best he could. Kick-Ass 2 was violence for violence sake, but it was still entertaining.
AlexanderLykins - 11/23/2013, 9:17 PM
@ezio619
All of the Phase 1 movies did a good job of meeting at Marvel's The Avengers and not skipping a beat. I know Joss and Feige are doing so "controversial" things right now but I have faith they'll put their collective stamps on Guardians of the Galaxy so it will fit into the MCU.
ezio619 - 11/23/2013, 9:26 PM
Alexander-well it has thanos as the"emperor" of this franchise, the mastermind pulling the strings so it will fit into that story, it is supposed to be 95% percent in space,feige has ssaid so it might not tie in with the the heroes on earth or the events going on there,which makes sense because they have to set up this character
OriginalGuardiansPlease - 11/23/2013, 9:58 PM
hey guys sorry about the confusion with that spring account. I was the one who asked but for some reason i ended up asking the wrong account even though i follow the correct account. i have no idea what they put in the water in my area but it must be good stuff :)
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