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While in L.A. for the Guardians of the Galaxy Press junket, I had the opportunity to talk to James Gunn, the Genius Director of Guardians of the Galaxy. He is such a great guy all around. James was SO excited to talk about this movie. He was almost giddy! I loved him and his energy. He really is a genius and extremely good at what he does. Wow does he have some serious talent.
I think the most interesting this I learned about James, was that as a little boy, he would keep a box of with the solar system and all the different planets. He would make drawings for each one of the different planets, and of the species that lived on that planet. And what their pets were. And what their houses looked like, and what their water systems were like. And this box became filled over time with this sort of universe inside of it, that he created. Isn’t that amazing? A little boy making small universes complete wih water systems! And this boy grew up to be James Gunn – an amazing producer. Love that!!!
Below are some of my favorite Q&A’s from our interview:
QUESTION: Do you have a love for dance?
James: Yeah, I do, yeah. When I say, Kevin Bacon is a great national hero, I mean it. I love dancing, and I, I love pop music. I
love super heroes and I love space adventures. And I love raccoons. So I have all the things I love in one movie.
QUESTION: You’re a director, producer, and you’re an actor. Is there anything that you don’t do?
James: [LAUGHS] Well, filmmaking wise, I could never be a DP. I’m just not able to do it. Yeah, there’s a lot of things I could never
do. I think really what I do best is picking other people. And finding what other people are good at, and sort of arranging those in a way that, makes a good movie. And I think that’s really what a good director is able to do. And then I have a basic knowledge of every, most parts of filmmaking. So that I can have a conversation with those people, just sort of bring a film to the desired place.
QUESTION: Who’s your favorite Guardian and why.
James: Well, the one I feel the most connected to is Rocket. I feel, the outcast in Rocket. And although I think that Rocket is the meanest Guardian, I think he’s the most selfish Guardian. I think he’s probably the Guardian that learns the least at the end of the
movie. He is the saddest. And, [LAUGHS] well, it’s very strange. Very strange I connected ’cause I started to get [LAUGHS] emotional. But I feel, I feel like he’s like [LAUGHS] — he’s just this little mangled guy that is completely alone in this world. There’s nothing else like him, he’s been torn apart and put back together again. He was originally an innocent little animal, I love animals to begin with. So he’s just a, you know, I’ve come to love him. And, and I think probably also because, I probably had the greatest time creating Rocket over any of the other Guardians. Rocket and Groot both. Because that really unlike you know, Star-Lord, Chris and I have to be on the same level. And see that we see things in the same way. I write his dialogue, he says it. I pull this stuff out of him, he adds stuff. We’re creating a character together, with Rocket, and there’s a lot more people involved. It’s, it’s much more like conducting a symphony, within one character. To make somebody alive and so they tend — it tends to become more of a real character to me.
QUESTION: With the Marvel cinematic universe expanding exponentially, Are there any couple characters you’d like to see together in a story? Or in a movie?
James: I would love to tell the Rocket and Groot story for sure. Yeah, I love them. But you know, at the same time, I’d love to tell the, to do the Drax movie. I’d love to do the Gamora film. I think they’re all interesting enough to me. I want to do the Nebula film. It’s something I actually think about a lot. I think that all those characters, have a deep enough, connection so that they could go off on their own direction.
QUESTION: With Rocket it was really interesting to hear that character. So how was it working with Bradley Cooper doing a voice-over for that?
James: Intensely. I think Bradley had the hardest job of anyone on this movie. Because I had such a specific idea of who Rocket was. By the time we recorded him, we had already shot the whole movie. My brother played Rocket on the set. He was an integral part of the team on set. And you know, you talk to the other actors, he — Sean is what creates the dynamic between those, those five characters on set. Bradley had a lot of, either expectations, hopes of mine that he had to fulfill. And the first time he came in, the first day he recorded, it was probably the most relieving day I’ve had on the entire film. Because I always knew the movie would work if Rocket worked. He worked very very well. And thank God, Bradley is a pretty egoless guy. Which is, strange for someone
who is as handsome and talented as he is.
If you have not checked out the movie yet, I highly recommend it!
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