New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Details Regarding Star-Lord, Yondu, And Vin Diesel’s Groot

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guardians of the galaxy bannerThis week’s Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe special featured the briefest of glimpses at James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. There were some quick cuts of behind the scenes footage and a few words from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Gunn about the film. While the information was new, it wasn’t particularly meaty. Now some meatier details have surfaced thanks to some press notes for the film. Nothing seems too spoilery, but spoilerphobes might want to back out if they don’t want to know anything about the film going into the theater.

posterChris Pratt talked about his character Peter Quill and what sort of relationship he has with Michael Rooker’s blue-skinned Yondu. He says in part (via CBM), “He’s very much a kid at heart. He’s never known his fathe, he’s sucked away into space just as his mother dies and is raised by a blue-skinned humanoid. He has spent all his life being told to toughen up and has a false sense of bravado as a result. But deep down he is lonely, and while he’s a guy traveling in space getting to do whatever he wants, he misses his family, his community, and through the course of the story he learns to care again and that there’s more to life than just taking and doing exactly what you want.” While Pratt doesn’t say it outright, the blue-skinned alien is most likely Yondu. Comments from Walking Dead star Michael Rooker seems to confirm it, if you needed further confirmation. He says “It’s a beautiful story, a great uplifting story and I found the relationship between Quill and Yondu intriguing. He went to pick him up from Earth and for some reason he decided not to take him where he was meant to go and raised him himself. He made a connection with him, and Yondu now enjoys the fact that Quill has the courage to do his own thing.

Another set of press notes put the spotlight on Rocket Raccoon and Groot. We all know the long and complicated story about how Vin Diesel ended up with the role of Groot after a massive Facebook campaign, but Kevin Feige said of the Fast and Furious star “Involving Vin Diesel in this is great fun. He is an unbelievably passionate guy. When I called him and asked if he would be interested in playing a character that’s a tree and says only three words, without hesitation he said, ‘I’m in.’” The actor jumped in himself and offered up a rather interesting quote about Groot’s speech. He teases “How they were able to reinforce the theme, the meaning, and the message of the whole movie in one line of character dialogue impressed me. And how that line translates in the third act is really going to be something that allows the audience to feel like they are part of this world and understand the stakes that the characters are going through.” Director James Gunn added another layer to DIesel’s comments about a third act ‘translation’ by saying Groot’s story “breaks your heart.”

Bradley Cooper, Groot’s best friend Rocket Raccoon, praised the tiny gun-totting raccoon and director James Gunn in his section of comments for the film. He enthused “There’s a lot of humor and a lot of heart in this movie. All the relationships are very clear and emotional and the stakes are obviously high and with a flavor of James Gunn, it has a comedic appeal to it. I think people are going to be blown away by how unique and fresh this film is.” Along with the above comments, you can check out some high quality images from the Guardians of the Galaxy section of the Marvel Studios one-hour special that aired Tuesday. We get a great look at Star-Lord, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Glenn Close as Nova Prime, and even a quick glimpse of Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser. What do you think about the plethora of quotes? Are you ready to take a trip with the Guardians of the Galaxy August 1st?
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