James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Thanos, Groot, And More

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After a large drought or not seeing or hearing anything about James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the last week has seen the floodgates open. We saw the first amazing trailer for Marvel’s first trip to the cosmos and then we got a series of character videos introducing us to Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destoryer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. Now we hear a little more about the movie thanks to James Gunn’s recent appearance on the Pointless Podcast. We heard a snippet of the interview last week, but today saw the full episode released. You can listen to the entire thing below, but be warend the language and subject matter makes it incredibly NSFW.

One of the things Gunn was asked about first was that big talking tree, Groot. Gunn talked a little about the Vin Diesel voiced characters, but the director mainly praises Diesel himself. He says “The ways in which Vin Diesel says ‘I am Groot,’ I am astounded.” He goes on to reveal that Diesel was really the only choice for the character after hearing other people fail to astound: (transcript via SHH)

All of the ‘I am Groots’ that were earlier voices didn’t sound very good at all, they sounded like sh*t. It just didn’t really work. Then Vin came in and in one day, laid down all these ‘I am Groot’ tracks, and he’s a perfectionist. He made me explain to him with ever ‘I am Groot,’ exactly what he was saying…..Then Vin would sit there and he would do it and he would it again and again and again, and his voice is so rich and so beautiful and he really opened up and was this character. It was amazing when we first put that voice in there how much the character changed and how much he influenced the character.

Gunn went on to reveal that the motion capture for both Diesel and Bradley Cooper isn’t as extensive as we thought. They mainly recorded the actors and used their gestures and mannerisms as reference when it was time to digitally create Groot and Rocket:

We’re doing some mo-cap. What we’re doing basically with Bradley, and my brother Shaun, and with Vin Diesel, we film everything that they do so we can use it as a reference. So while they’re recording in front of a microphone we’ll have Vin acting out everything and doing all the acting and we’ll record that.

The director did add a new quote about that rascally little Raccoon that he has repeatedly described as the heart and soul of the film. Gunn says of the experiments that creates the critter “Rocket is a result of countless and cruel, illegal genetic experiments, where he’s been turned–from an innocent little creature, where he has an IQ of three, and he becomes this thing that’s completely alone; this gnarled little beast.” While folks are excited to see Rocket, they’re probably more excited to see Thanos. The Mad Titan turned and smiled at the end of Avengers, but Guardians will give us our first look at Thanos in action. Gunn said the purple menace’s goals may be different than what we’re used to seeing. He says “Here’s the thing, truthfully the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes out of both the 616 and Ultimate Marvel Comics universe, and then they recreate some elements themselves. What Thanos wants in the comics is not necessarily what Thanos wants in the movies; we don’t know yet.

Gunn drops a few more Guardians nuggets about the Nova Corps which you can hear in the podcast below. That first trailer gave us a good glimpse at what the film will be like, and it seems like it’s going to have a truly epic scope. What do you think about Gunn’s comments?


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