James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Didn't Think It Was The "Best Idea" Initially

James Gunn sits down with Marvel and talks about what he thought of Guardians of the Galaxy initially, taking "twists and turns" and the most "James Gunn" moments in the finished film. Check it out after the jump.

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By Batarmor - 8/8/2014


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From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy's fate in the balance. (C) Walt Disney
 
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dio - 8/8/2014, 12:39 PM
Was glad it had the Gunn feel to it. Made my day : )
ALmazing - 8/8/2014, 12:40 PM
In your face James Gunn, James Gunn just proved you wrong!
MexicanSuperman - 8/8/2014, 12:42 PM
I'm glad it worked out.
McGee - 8/8/2014, 12:45 PM
Then they said "talking Raccoon and mildly retarded tree" and I was sold like Saudi oil!
0megaDaGod - 8/8/2014, 12:45 PM
Your damn right it was the best idea
DangerRoom - 8/8/2014, 1:02 PM
Strommy!
sKeemAn - 8/8/2014, 2:18 PM
AlexanderLykins - 8/8/2014, 3:02 PM
I would have pissed myself being that close to Ronan. Ronan had a pretty scary look.
driver - 8/8/2014, 4:45 PM
Guys were did you get this images of Star-Lord and Groot dancing? Was it in any TV-spot?
Mercwitham0uth - 8/9/2014, 12:43 AM
@driver

Looks like footage that was filmed in the theater. Notice how the baby Groot one is all shaky.
dethpillow - 8/9/2014, 4:44 AM
that's interesting. my worry about this movie at first, before we started seeing clips and longer clips from it, was that Gunn was not going to be able to make the jump over to what was needed.

he'd always come off as really great and obviously a sense of humor, but just too spiteful and kinda hateful about the human race to pull off something like this.

it's rad that he did. that's a pretty big breakthrough artistically. and I bet, really, he feels like he's 10 years older after doing this movie. not in a bad way, but just like he's grown up.

where his stuff before seemed too worried about itself and in that way, shooting itself in the foot. and I don't mean box officewise or success and all that, but actually shooting itself in the foot from being a better piece of art.

the thing that kept Super from being really great was this conscious kind of pissiness and wanting to not be what people want you to be. that kind of spite or hatred kept that film from being as good as it could have. cuz it really was almost great. but it wasn't.

and then now he can take what he's learned from GOTG back home with him. and really turn any kind of movie that he works on into something that affects more people, for what it is, and not just for what it's supposed to be.

I'm really glad this movie is being received so well, it must feel great for him to know that his instincts were right and that it pays off to try to communicate with people. that there's nothing wrong with pop songs.

there's lots of crap out there that calls itself a pop song. but it's not doing it right. if someone who actually has talent is lucky enough to knock out a pop song, it's a lot different. nothing in the world wrong with pop.
but that's hard to learn when you come from certain backgrounds.

that's what people don't get too, when they go like "Bayformers! Spooning Disney! Laugh Track-O-Rama, Shampoo Guardians! Shampoo Avengers!" hahaha. i mean however rad that language is,

they are completely missing how much more meaning something has when it doesn't try to have a lot of meaning. gimme Supergrass over Radiohead any day.
gimme Motorhead over Hawkwind. gimme The Cure over Sisters of Mercy. gimme Lil Wayne over whoever the [frick] is trying to be serious when they rap now.

serious stuff is always bullshit. it just is.
it's just that sometimes we're in the mood for it.
it's still a bunch of fakey lies, it has a purpose, but it's still a lie.

humor is actually real. that's why we love it. that's why we laugh.
humor is the way to get someone to cry. humor makes your dog love you and only you. humor is the way to get someone to sleep with you.
humor tells a story the way god sees it. serious only tells what you think.


dethpillow - 8/9/2014, 5:10 AM
Heath Ledger's performance saved TDK cuz it was the only spark of genuine life in that movie.

some of the dialogue was well written, but it wouldn't have come across very well if it was Bale and some guy acting like a psycho Joker.

Ledger was a comedy riot in TDK. in the total perfect good way. that's what you want him to be and he killed it. Joker in TDK is funny as hell. how is he not? every minute he's on screen is just happiness and it makes u laugh. Heath Ledger is a funny guy.

the worst parts of the movie are when he kind of capitulates to the dialogue. he can't fix everything. but that's when it's at it's worst and when Ledger is offscreen.

look at Dostoevsky. hands down, headz off, my favorite author ever. some people think he's serious. his books are crazy, and it's amazing cuz he's writing them 150 years ago, and everything about them still makes you laugh. they are the first clear examples according to some trains of thought of "modern writing". it needs an interpretor if you can't speak Russian, but aside from that, it's directly exactly the same thing that strikes us as pathetic, disgusting, sad, ridiculous, beautiful, conflicted and just crappy and rad in general.

Nabokov isn't serious. completely not. his stuff is great.
Shakespeare was the opposite entirely of serious.

who are the authors that are serious?

George Orwell,
Upton Sinclair
Stephen King
Isaac Asimov (in a way)
Anne Rice
Tolstoy
Turginev
dude that wrote Lord of the Flies or Scarlet Letter
all that stuff. all that crappy stuff. ( except Isaac Asimov but he's not really entirely serious, but i just tossed that in there to be nice.)


who's not serious....?
Henry Miller
Dostoevsky
Hunter Thompson
Marvel Comics
old DC Comics
Charles Bukowski
Knut Hamson
Salinger
Rimbaud
Sylvia Plath
Shakespeare
Byron
all fairy tales ever


is there an obvious difference here?
serious stuff just sucks.

it's tedious, it sucks, and it's fake as hell.
it's not the way people are.

serious movies are [frick]ing action movies. where we're supposed to be... dude, he's serious.

action movies. the stupidest kind of movie in the world. those are serious movies. dude he's serious, look, he's got nunchuks. watch out brah.
[frick] action movies.

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