We met the newly introduced cast of Guardians of the Galaxy at Comic-Con to talk about the Marvel Studios film that introduces a whole new set of heroes. As they sit merely feet away from us and the studio released not only the Guardians of the Galaxy logo, but also the Guardians of the Galaxy concept art, what was once a fantasy is now a reality.
Chris Pratt, who is set to play Star Lord, reminded us that although not as many have heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man was once lesser known as well.
“Iron Man is Iron Man now because of Iron Man, the movie. It was a comic and certainly people knew it, but they love it and they go back to it because it’s great storytelling. It’s the same thing with this. This is a really cool story,” Pratt said.
“Marvel knows what they’re doing and they know how to tell a story and they know how to make this movie.”
If he was nervous about joining the Marvel world, he says he isn’t now, given the family of filmmakers that is used to crafting brilliance. “I really don’t feel intimidated. If you told me, ‘Chris, you have to go adapt Guardians of the Galaxy into a movie on your own,’ I would be super intimidated,” Pratt admitted. “But when they’re like, ‘We’re doing it and we’d love you to be a part of it,' it’s like, ‘Wow, great! I’m along for the ride!’”
Zoe Saldana, who has signed on to play Gamora, said that unlike Pratt, she was filled with anxious anticipation.
“Of course you’re nervous, but I would be cautious to use the word intimidating because I don’t want it to be interpreted like I feel inferior. I feel very excited to be joining the Marvel family of superheroes,” Saldana said. “I do believe that Guardians have bigger powers, in a way. If we were up against Captain America or Thor, we’d totally kick his ass!”
Director James Gunn (Super) was there, so we had to ask about the casting of the Rocket Raccoon character, something that will be CGI with a voice-over.
“Pretty soon. Not now-ish. Tomorrow-ish, next week-ish, next month-ish,” he said. We’re thinking it will be revealed at next month’s D23 Disney fan festival.
Since this is a new Marvel effort, the elephant in the room question was answered in terms of what on earth this film will be about.
“Guardians is about a family coming together,” Gunn said. “It really is about a group of individuals who have acted selfishly and only as individuals, throughout their life. And they learn something about themselves that makes them heroes.”
Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer, despite all his success so far… seemed truly humble at his appearance at Comic-Con about being in a Marvel movie.
“This part is, by far, the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my life. To be a part of this is really a dream come true,” Bautista said.
Pratt had to get into fighting shape to take the lead role, something that he is still maintaining in terms of lifestyle today as the film is only four days into shooting. “Oh, man! It took about six months, and a combination of different things, like lifting weights, cardio and really strict nutrition. It’s some really boring stuff. Basically, I cried 40 pounds off, and the rest was being hungry and running a lot,” he said and laughed.
Saldana, a veteran of the Star Trek movies, admits that she knows there will be a lot of aches and pains making a movie like this… a small price to pay for art.
“I think there is going to be a great deal of soreness and muscle cramping and sweating, but it’s gonna be great,” Saldana said.
She feels that this will vividly stand out, not only from other superhero movies, but from everything that is out there… period. “This is sort of like the anti-hero, hero movie. When you meet these characters, they’re thieves, they’re rebels and they’re assassins. Because it’s a James Gunn interpretation of Guardians, the levity will be very abundant, and that’s what keeps it awesome.”
Michael Rooker (Walking Dead), recently announced as portraying Yondu, found that his character shared many personality traits with himself. “When I first read the script, I noticed right away that there are some aspects of Yondu’s existence within this universe of ours that were very close to me,” Rooker said.
Djimon Hounsou had a much more personal reason to tackle the role of Korath and it came from home. “I have a four-year-old son who loves all the superheroes from Spider-Man to Batman to Iron Man. He’s got all the costumes. And one day, he looked at me and said, ‘Papa, I want to be light-skinned, so I can be Spider-Man ‘cause Spider-Man is light-skinned,’” Hounsou said.
“That was a shock to me. I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Marvel universe, so that I can provide a diverse outlook of superheroes or bad guys in those stories. It’s important for us to be part of that, and specifically for me. That was my in ticket to the Marvel world, and I’m excited.”
Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014.