Bradley Cooper Says ROCKET RACCOON Is Kind Of Like Joe Pesci In GOODFELLAS


pesciWe had waited so long to hear from Bradley Cooper about voicing Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy after the news was made official a few months ago, and now it seems like he’s talking about the little, fury, gun-totting critter everywhere. While promoting his new film American Hustle during an interview with MTV, the star talked a little more about Rocket and how he thinks everything we’ve heard about him being the heart of the film isn’t entirely true.

Director James Gunn had said before that he keeps Cooper locked up in the recording studio for 8 or 10 hours a day until his voice is gone and he’s bleeding from his nose and ears, but Cooper said he’s OK with that. When asked what it was like working with Gunn and nailing the voice for the character, the actor says:

It’s been great. The great thing about him [Gunn] is that I tried to set the ground rules early. I said, ‘Look, you don’t have to sugar-coat anything. Just tell me exactly what you want.’ I think he was basically going, like, ‘Did you think I would do anything else?’ You cut to like 90 people watching and he’s like ‘I don’t know what you’re doing.’ [maybe sugar-coat it a little]. He’s been great. We’ve just been finding it. God, I just love Rocket. I do.

When presented with Gunn‘s multiple comments that Rocket was the heart and soul of the film, Cooper says he has to disagree on that one. He thinks that Chris Pratt‘s Peter “Star-Lord” Quill is the soul:

I’ve heard that too. What do I know…but, I don’t know. The Chris Pratt character. It’s like Han Solo and Luke combined. I think that’s the heart of the movie. I mean Rocket is dynamic. He’s the sort of Joe Pesci/’Goodfellas’ guy. You need Henry Hill.

Cooper also talked about listening to Rocky Raccoon by the Beatles on the set of American Hustle and then talking to James Gunn while recording dialogue and learning that the song was used as inspiration for the comic book Rocket Raccoon. You can read that section at the source link below. It’s interesting that Cooper sort of compares Rocket to Joe Pesci in Goodfellas. That would be incredibly awesome to hear Cooper, in a cockney accent, do the “How am I funny” dialogue. That kind of sums up Rocket‘s tough edge as well. Nobody has asked Cooper to do his Rocket Raccoon accent yet (not that he would), but hopefully he starts talking a little more about he and Gunn decided on the voice. What do you think about the actor’s comments?


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Source : MTV