James Gunn Talks Up Rocket Raccoon's Importance And More In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

James Gunn Talks Up Rocket Raccoon's Importance And More In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

While Kevin Feige teases some surprise appearances, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn reveals his brother's role in the film (or on-set) as well as talk up Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon.

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.”

Meanwhile, here's a glimpse at the first bit of licensed merchandise for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Hot Toys teased the mask of Star-Lord's inevitable figurine, while Marvel Toy News has revealed prototypes for Funko's POP Vinyls! based on Star-Lord, Groot and Drax the Destroyer.

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 Peter 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. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gilian, Djimon Hounsou with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film opens August 1, 2014.
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Jollem - 1/7/2014, 2:03 PM
widdle groot is cute
McNyagano - 1/7/2014, 2:04 PM
“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,”

Already sounds better than Green Lantern. It's more cosmic than I though! Can't wait!!!!

Pasto - 1/7/2014, 2:08 PM
Happy new years from me and Trudy.

themidnightking - 1/7/2014, 2:08 PM
If only I could freeze myself until April 4th, then until August 1st
ATrueHero1987 - 1/7/2014, 2:10 PM
Damn, I'm so hype for this movie but....must.,,,have.....trailer....NOW!
MrCBM56 - 1/7/2014, 2:10 PM
Awesome!! I can't wait! Probably my most anticipated film of this year!
MrCBM56 - 1/7/2014, 2:12 PM
So Thanos will be in the film. I knew that rumor wasn't true.
Pasto - 1/7/2014, 2:12 PM
Guardians of The Galaxy is easily going to be the best CBM of 2014. DOFP can kiss it. So can TASM 2.
Kurne - 1/7/2014, 2:12 PM
Guardians takes place on the other side of the universe... But Tony Stark is still gon' be there.

ALmazing - 1/7/2014, 2:12 PM
DrDoom - 1/7/2014, 2:13 PM
The Guardians are going to take the universe by storm!

NovaCorpsFan - 1/7/2014, 2:14 PM
I want this movie naow! It just sounds so freakin' perfect in every way!

The child must be Quill when the Badoon kill his mother. Course that was obvious.
Supermandatory - 1/7/2014, 2:14 PM
This movie is already winning becuz it's not on earth.. Finally
VISIONaryNPa - 1/7/2014, 2:15 PM
This is gonna be banana-balls.
Omarvls - 1/7/2014, 2:16 PM
Biggest movie of 2014 not just because Marvel goes COSMIC but we get a teaser
From both Age Of Ultron and BvS
AmazingFantasy - 1/7/2014, 2:16 PM
Dont [frick] with Rocket
cipher - 1/7/2014, 2:18 PM
Fornication - 1/7/2014, 2:18 PM
Rocket Raccoon importance: Selling toys, comic reliefe and be Marvel's new mascot for the kids.

Jollem - 1/7/2014, 2:19 PM
i hope this isn't a clustermess with bad cgi and writing and plot stuff and all that
Joementum - 1/7/2014, 2:19 PM
Great, now all I can think about is a Howard the Duck Easter Egg in the Special Edition PhaseIII Blu-Ray DVD.

NuclearMan - 1/7/2014, 2:20 PM
Calling it. Stan Lee cameo. You heard it here first!
Kurne - 1/7/2014, 2:20 PM
Damn I just realised that Marvel still has a LOT to show at comic con:

- Guardians of the Galaxy panel and footage
- Avengers: Age of Ultron panel and footage
- Ant-Man panel and footage
- Phase Three (2016+) announcements

DCMarvelFreshman - 1/7/2014, 2:20 PM
@MrCBM56 It was never a rumor. The source only said that his sources hadn't informed him of whether Thanos will be seen in the movie.
NovaCorpsFan - 1/7/2014, 2:22 PM

Groot AND RR will provide comic relief. As will Star Lord. Drax and Gamora will just be badasses.
JoJo1982 - 1/7/2014, 2:24 PM
99% of it takes place in space and other worlds yea say!!!
*thumbs up*

I think Thor movies and Green Lantern need to take notes
Kurne - 1/7/2014, 2:24 PM

Loki or Kurse.

I see horns :P
NovaCorpsFan - 1/7/2014, 2:24 PM
I think it's Odin's helmet...
Fornication - 1/7/2014, 2:24 PM

I just hope the movie will be more serious, because it is impossible to have relief in a movie that never gets tense. That's why TTDW and IM3 were awful. And that's why IM1 worked so well. It was a more seirous and conteined film. It is still Marvel Studios's best movie to date.
Kurne - 1/7/2014, 2:24 PM
Or Heimidall.
TelaVizion - 1/7/2014, 2:27 PM
They better have a vinyl pop for Zoe...

Also it seems like maybe someone from the Thor movies will be popping up in this movie.
ATrueHero1987 - 1/7/2014, 2:28 PM
Hmmm a Mephisto tease(I doubt it)?
MsDarkPhoenix - 1/7/2014, 2:28 PM
Yeah, Howard the Duck would be great! I've missed him!

Sometimes I'm thinking that if I had a time machine and I went back in time and told the 10 year old me that the 17 year old me is more excited for a film about the Guardians of the Galaxy rather than an X-Men or a Spider-Man film, she would have probably killed me and she would wonder what went wrong with me.
NovaCorpsFan - 1/7/2014, 2:30 PM

Gunn has a sense of humour but he knows when to take things seriously. Just watch Super, that movie deals with some serious stuff and balances it well with the comedic aspect. He knows how to do this well and he brought in Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, so if he took tips and advice from them, this film will be golden.
JoJo1982 - 1/7/2014, 2:32 PM

That's what I've been hoping for

5-10 minutes of Thanos
Adam Warlock maybe playing a key role to the plot or teases what's to come
Nova Corp, we know are in the movie
Kree we know are in the movie going by the SDCC footage
Maybe a tease at Quasar in the future movies

This could b my fave movie of the yr
soforizo - 1/7/2014, 2:32 PM

Mmm... no. With a talking raccoon and tree, you need loads of humor unless you're going the LOTR route. If there was ever a MCU that needed it, this is it.
NovaCorpsFan - 1/7/2014, 2:38 PM

It's obvious the film won't take itself too seriously but I reckon the characters will be taken seriously.
ezio619 - 1/7/2014, 2:40 PM
oh great more" less humor, more serious", i get it, i do,its just im little tied of this complaint,i dont mean to attack anyone,its a personal taste thing,i get it,i like both tones of warner bros and marvel studios,anyway this film is looking good so far, i have never been this excited for a superhero film EVER. so hopefully it doesnt suck!!
Indy - 1/7/2014, 2:41 PM

erickrivers - 1/7/2014, 2:41 PM
IM1 best marvel movie to date?

ezio619 - 1/7/2014, 2:43 PM
novacorpsfan-yeah gunn always tries to correct people, people expect it to be full of humour but he says its a space adventure film , he says sure there is tons of humor in it because he just is aperson that has lots of humor in his films because humor is abig part of his life but keeps EMPHASIZING the drama, he keeps saying that it is more dramamtic then people think and will surprise them, fingers crossed man, hopefully he pulls it off
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