James Gunn talks Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy wrapped up filming last week, and now that director James Gunn has a little more time on his hands, he's been talking to Fandango about some of the challenges of bringing Marvel's lesser-known (and weirdest) superheroes to the big-screen.
He says that it's quite freeing to be in charge of a project where he's given the flexibility to do his own thing, because he's the sort of director who's most at home when he's molding the content to his own directorial style:
At the risk of sounding pompous, because it's going to be filtered through me, it's going to be its own thing no matter what. But I think it was a chance to do something that really could make people feel like I felt when I was a young kid and saw these big spectacular space epics and give them something of that. And that was an exciting thing to be able to do.
And, regarding the unlikely cast of characters including an American pilot and a group of futuristic ex-con superheroes, Gunn admits:
Oh, I had to do research because I'm very stupid. I don't have a very good memory. I had read, I think, most of the Guardians books. I was more up to speed on the [comics writers Dan] Abnett [and Andy] Lanning stuff. I had to go back and remind myself. I read a lot of the '90s stuff when it was out, but I had forgotten it by the time this came along.
The director also talks about how Chris Pratt - who plays Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the upcoming movie - fits into that bizarre Guardians framework:
I was not willing to settle for second best. We auditioned many, many actors, and a lot of big actors who came in and tried to get the role of Peter Quill, and we tested over two dozen people. And none of them were right. It just didn't feel right in my gut, and I always follow my gut. And Chris came in. He was pretty heavy at the time, and he read. But within about 30 seconds of him reading, I looked back at the casting director and I was like, 'What the--? This is the greatest thing ever!' I mean, I knew he was it.
Now that production has wrapped on Guardians of the Galaxy, I'm expecting to see the first teaser trailer for the Marvel movie in front of Thor: The Dark World in November. In fact, as the interstellar team has yet to be shown in public, perhaps the new Thor sequel will also feature a Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Egg... Here's hoping!