'Guardians of The Galaxy' Director Talks Thanos, Rocket, and Groot

– by LRM

Marvel Studios Panel At Comic-Con Director James Gunn, in an hour-long chat with Kevin Pereira on the Pointless Podcast, opened up about his upcoming Marvel film, Guardians of The Galaxy. With the first trailer dropping last week, it looks like the folks behind the movie are ready to start peeling back the veil of secrecy that has surrounded the project since its inception.

Amongst the topics that were discussed was Thanos, the super-villain that was teased at the end of The Avengers in 2012. Gunn says that Thanos's "employees" will be primary villains in Guardians, and implies that we won't know too much more about the character's true intentions during this film. "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," revealed Gunn. He then continued, "What Thanos wants in the comics is not necessarily what Thanos wants in the movies; we don't know yet."

On the subject of the fan-favorite character Rocket Raccoon, who will be voiced by Academy Award-nominated actor Bradley Cooper, Gunn shed some light on the creatures origins and attitude. In his own words, "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. He's pretty sad."

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The director also revealed that Cooper and Vin Diesel (who'll be voicing Groot), were filmed as a point of reference for the animators, to help capture their characters' performances. On the subject of Diesel, Gunn was extremely complementary of the actors work with Groot's signature line. "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 work. Then Vin Diesel came in and, in one day, lied down all these 'I am Groot' tracks, and he's a perfectionist. He made me explain to him exactly what (Groot) was saying (before each delivery)," was what he had to say on the matter.

In a nice moment during the interview, the filmmaker opened up about a moment that brought him great joy as an artist and storyteller- a moment during production that he'd never had the opportunity to have before signing onto the Marvel project:

"There's one shot that I'm thinking of; the characters are imprisoned early on in the movie and there's this overhead shot of Peter Quill and he's sleeping on the floor in what we call the Locked Up Abroad shot. It's Quill surrounded on the floor with all these different aliens, disgusting, they're all sleeping, packed together like sardines. It was just a really beautiful shot and we have it overhead completely with the camera slightly revolving as he's sitting there wide awake and all these gross aliens are asleep around him. I was able to take time and compose the shot in the same way you would design a painting, and changing little guys. It wasn't like it took an extraordinary time to do it, but we took some time at doing and that was something that I'd had really never been able to do in my entire career."

Guardians of The Galaxy arrives this summer, on August 1.

Did you see the Guardians of The Galaxy trailer yet? What'd you think? Do you like how the project is shaping up? If, like me, you thought the trailer was a little "Meh," do Gunn's words help instill any faith in the movie for you? Sound off!

SOURCE: Comic Book Movie

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