Chris Pratt On The Importance Of Music In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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ooga chakaWe’re all anxiously awaiting the debut of the second full-length trailer for James Gunn and Marvel‘s space epic, Guardians of the Galaxy, but the cast and crew are still out and about teasing what we’ll be seeing this coming August. Chris Pratt recently accepted the award for Breakthrough Performer of the Year at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards in Las Vegas, and he spoke with the press briefly about Guardians. The Peter “Star-Lord” Quill actor touched on how important music is to his character and the film as a whole.

When asked about how he prepared for the film besides getting in shape, the Parks and Rec star said music helped him out as well as his intense physical workouts:

The primary focus was getting in shape, and also listening to the killer soundtrack that this movie has. It’s a big part of the story. When you see the movie, the music that’s involved-both for this character and for the movie itself. A big part of what makes Peter Quill, or Starlord, himself is this music that he got to listen to when he was a kid. And it accompanies him on his adventure through space and the team’s adventure through space. So you get to listen to some really killer music while watching the movie, which is really smart of James Gunn. So I listened to that soundtrack over and over and just worked out really hard and watched a handful of different epic space movies.

Being a kid in the 80s before being taken into space, Quill has to rely on tapes and his beloved Walkman. We saw his love of the old Walkman teased a little bit in the trailer. We also got to hear Blue Swede‘s Hooked on a Felling, which quickly topped the iTunes charts after the trailer got it stuck in everyone’s heads. Continuing on that thread of childhood memories, Pratt talks about his prior comic book knowledge:

There was a stretch in my childhood where I collected comic books…It was right around the early 90’s. There was a big resurgence in comic books in my town, where I grew up. I think Wolverine had just been reissued and there was a new reincarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy that had just come out. My friend Travis collected Guardians of the Galaxy from the first one on, and so it was a big hobby of ours to draw pictures out of the comics. We’d just sit around and draw…Coincidentally, [Guardians] was one of the comic books that I had bought a few of. But it was a different version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Starlord wasn’t a part of that incarnation, but he came in at a different time.

The actor finished up his Guardians teasing by touching on the film’s tone once again. While the trailer gave us a good indication of what we can expect, Pratt said that director James Gunn has made a film “loaded with lots of comedy, but takes its drama very seriously. It’s a spectacle, but also knows that audiences know what to expect from a spectacle movie, and uses that a little bit to create some comedy.” The song Hooked on a Feeling gives us a good hint as to what sort of music we can expect in the film, but what other songs would you like to see Star-Lord and company rocking out to in the deep recesses of space?

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