‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’: James Gunn Says Rocket Raccoon Is “The Heart Of The Movie”

by Brett White

The crew over at HeyUGuys got to speak with “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn at the UK premiere of “Iron Man 3.” This is the first time the director has spoke at length about the film in a while, definitely since all the casting and plot rumors started flying.

The entire exchange is worth a look, as Gunn responds to nearly every crazy news item that’s been released, even if he doesn’t confirm the involvement of Michael Rooker or Dave Bautista. He does mention that there’ll be an announcement about the actor voicing Rocket Raccoon in the next few weeks, saying that the odd character is incredibly important to the film.

“I’ve done a lot of studying with real raccoons, and we had real raccoons come in. We’ve done photography with them, I’ve played with raccoons, and fed raccoons, and dealt a lot with real raccoons to get some of the behavior down, because it’s really, really important to me that Rocket Raccoon, who is the heart of the movie, is not a cartoon character, it’s not Bugs Bunny in the middle of The Avengers, it’s a real, little, somewhat mangled beast that’s alone. There’s no one else in the universe quite like him, he’s been created by these guys to be a mean-ass fighting machine.”

Gunn goes into detail about casting Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, mentioning that he saw around 100 actors for the role.

“We saw a lot of very famous guys for the role, a lot of very well-known people, and very, very good actors. We saw a lot of good performances, but it wasn’t until Chris came in and he read and I was like, ’oh my God.’ This guy has his own, very particular, amazing take on the character that blew my mind, blew me away. Then I thought, this is the first guy I could see sharing the screen with Robert Downey Jr. and giving him a run for his money.”

But people expecting to see Downey Jr. in “Guardians” had better curb their enthusiasm. Gunn clarified by saying, “That just means that all our movies are connected, we’re created in a way that we’re very connected to the movies that came before us, we’re even more connected to ’The Avengers 2’ that comes after us, and so in that respect, what we would hope is that these characters would continue, and that at some point in time they’ll all meet up with different characters throughout the galaxy.”

The entire interview is great and touches on more topics, including Gunn’s take on the concept art that’s been released.

[via Comic Book Movie]

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