GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Chris Pratt & Michael Rooker On Bradley Cooper's 'Rocket Raccoon'

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Chris Pratt & Michael Rooker On Bradley Cooper's 'Rocket Raccoon'

Revealing details about Rocket Raccoon's place within the galaxy, Star-Lord actor Chris Pratt talks about Bradley Cooper's casting, and not wanting to maintain his Guardians of the Galaxy physique.

With filming for Guardians of the Galaxy now finished in the U.K., Chris Pratt recently returned to the United States where he attended a Parks and Recreation 100th episode celebration yesterday. Access Hollywood had a great chat with the Star-Lord actor about Rocket Raccoon, the "heart" of James Gunn's Marvel adaptation, and Bradley Cooper voicing the gun-toting creature. More below...

“You think it’s a cartoon character, but it’s not, it’s a very real creature,” said Chris Pratt. “[Rocket Raccoon has been] tortured his whole life and no one else likes him, so he’s lonely and he’s angry and it’s like, [there are] all these elements [to the character],” he continued. “You sort of forget about that, you wouldn’t think about, [and] hopefully will come to life. I think it will and that’s why they hired a really good actor to do the role. I could not be more excited that Bradley Cooper is voicing Rocket Raccoon, it’s a great character. It’s probably the best character in the movie, just because it’s not what you would expect,” Pratt added.

Speaking about his major physical transformation for his role as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Chris says, “I used to have a six pack [during filming], I have a one pack now. I don’t want to go crazy and be someone who’s primary focus in life is fitness, life is too short to spend it always trying to work out,” he said. “But at the same time, I want balance… I want to be somewhere in between being super fat and being not super fat and so, just kind of fat, I guess.”

Meanwhile, Michael Rooker, who plays Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, also has a few words about Rocket Raccoon. “Rocket and I don’t get along, he’s a bit abrupt and brash for my taste,” the Walking Dead actor told ScifiNow recently. “I probably have a little Merle in me still, because I would roast him over an open flame and eat him for supper!” Speaking more about his character, Rooker says, “The paparazzi have a bunch of photos of Yondu – I think Yondu was the first of the characters that got totally exposed – and you can see the character looks totally different from the comic.... the blue [paint] is simple, it’s beautiful. The colours that we use in Guardians are just exquisite. When everything is put together – when you have wardrobe on and the lighting’s going – man oh man it’s beautiful, it’s going to look fabulous.”

“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. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slated for August 1, 2014!
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Highflyer - 10/17/2013, 10:37 AM
ruadh - 10/17/2013, 10:44 AM
Just kind of fat works for me.
LordMushu - 10/17/2013, 10:47 AM
Hahahah nice
TheAntiGrif - 10/17/2013, 10:56 AM
Bradley Coppers Scene in the A-Team when he was in the Press tent he certainly had the british accent down
MrCBM56 - 10/17/2013, 11:03 AM
Wow. Rocket will be badass.

Can't wait to see him and Groot interact.
Kayo - 10/17/2013, 11:07 AM
yeah baby!!!.............good stuff
HulkbusterNYC - 10/17/2013, 11:12 AM
Yea this movie can't get here fast enough. Definitely my most anticipated film for next year.
JoJo1982 - 10/17/2013, 11:21 AM
Rocket raccoon will own 2014!!!
revloveR - 10/17/2013, 11:22 AM
chris pratt is my god damn spirit animal.
marvel72 - 10/17/2013, 11:35 AM
this movie will be massive in 2014.
TheePeterParker - 10/17/2013, 11:39 AM
I'm pretty sure this movie with resurrect a lot of fans who were drawn away..

This movie will really be epic!
TheePeterParker - 10/17/2013, 11:39 AM
SageMode - 10/17/2013, 11:42 AM
RR is gonna be the breakout character. Watch.
Dandy - 10/17/2013, 11:53 AM
I love how gungho the entire cast is. They all seemed like they had a blast on this set and I can't wait to see what the actual movie is like.
BaneSmash - 10/17/2013, 11:56 AM
Looking forward to this movie.......
BaneSmash - 10/17/2013, 11:57 AM
Don't forget TMNT will be out a week after.
GinjaNinja - 10/17/2013, 12:03 PM
rocket will become a popular character after this movie. I mean a racoon with a gun? Whats better? How can you hate on him? when the main character says someone else is the best character in the movie, you know he's going to b good.
ParisSun - 10/17/2013, 12:18 PM

It doesn't matter, his fame will get him that little tasty morsel next to him on the beach. I'm sure he can pull better as well.

To many women a wealthy or powerful ugly dude will trump a poor model looking burger flipper any day.
lapress - 10/17/2013, 12:21 PM
How is Bradley Cooper supposed to fit in a Raccoon suit?!
superotherside - 10/17/2013, 12:26 PM
I honestly haven't heard a bad thing from this movie. Besides the haters that don't like anything. This movie is going to be mind blowing IMO. Can't wait.
DocDrop - 10/17/2013, 12:28 PM
@ParisSun That's his WIFE, Anna Faris. So, yeah, pretty sure he "got" her and won't be "pulling" better ones.
NovaCorpsFan - 10/17/2013, 12:30 PM
TMNT will be shit, though.
macfint - 10/17/2013, 12:35 PM
i am pumped
TheAntiGrif - 10/17/2013, 12:42 PM
@blackandyellow before he talks to the girl he had the accent
DioFoRio - 10/17/2013, 12:49 PM
@Whysoserious ..that's an old pic. Anna Ferris is hot
DioFoRio - 10/17/2013, 12:51 PM
I hope this movie isn't fun.
GinjaNinja - 10/17/2013, 12:52 PM
exactly mac. Just wondering, why wouldn't he want to stay ripped? I mean the dude looks great wit that six pack.
thunderforce - 10/17/2013, 12:54 PM
These guys should just tell the truth . I couldn't stay huge because I didn't want to stay on the steroids for too long it is not good for you . lol.
GinjaNinja - 10/17/2013, 1:03 PM
how cool would it be to have Jackmans voice for RR? Its an awesome voice.
revloveR - 10/17/2013, 1:21 PM
@lapress maybe he can give mario a call.

googled tanooki suit.

CharlesLord - 10/17/2013, 1:54 PM
Cant wait. Ive been reading Marvel Now GotG in the respective actors voices (or at least trying to) and picture the shit Rocket says with Coopers voice and delivery is hilarious
AvengersRock - 10/17/2013, 2:07 PM
Really looking forward to each movie for different reasons. This one is going to be awesome and probably needs to be seen on the biggest screen possible. It has the chance to be a huge blockbuster, but only time will tell.

Can't wait for the first trailer. Probably won't be attached to Thor:TDW, but I'm still hoping it is!!
Wallymelon - 10/17/2013, 2:25 PM
chris pratt is awesome. super excited about james gunn really bringing rocket to life.
Cartoon22 - 10/17/2013, 2:54 PM
DioFoRio - 10/17/2013, 3:22 PM
good find DCM. Now I wanna see these guys interact!
kevberg - 10/17/2013, 4:01 PM
yeah.. thats dumb on prattss part...its gonna be that much of a bitch when he gets older to lose it if GotG is a hit.

have fun buddy.
hawkeye2012 - 10/17/2013, 5:21 PM
This movie is going to be awesome!
MightyZeus - 10/17/2013, 5:57 PM
Damn. He's lonely. Poor RR.

However i'm hyped to see my favorite character on the big screen. Also hyped to see this movie.
OriginalGuardiansPlease - 10/17/2013, 7:47 PM
Yondu looking really different...i hope he's just talking about the wardrobe. He needs his fin or he's just a blue alien that happens to have the same name.

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