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When it comes time to one day look back on 2014, and get all nostalgic about the most awesome moments of it, it's probably a pretty safe bet that Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be at the front of a whole lot of people's minds.

After all, the movie was downright fantastic - and, simultaneously, proved that Marvel could successfully bring a far wider range of less well-known characters to the big screen than previously thought. So, when we're settling down to watch Howard the Duck 3 in 2032, we know who to thank.

It's not too surprising, then, that Guardians has become one of the most talked about movies of the past year - but there's also, as it happens, a whole lot about the making of the movie that isn't quite so well known. Like, for instance, these eleven fascinating facts...

11. Vin Diesel Had Way More Lines Than You Think

Now, admittedly, they were pretty much all 'I Am Groot', but all told, the actor delivered the line well over a thousand times, in several different languages.

So if you ever want to hear Vin Diesel say 'I Am Groot' in Mandarin, that's totally a thing that can happen.

10. Rocket is Based on a Real Goodfella

Specifically, Joe Pesci's character Tommy DeVito in the movie Goodfellas, who Cooper apparently modeled his voice-work on.

9. This Was Totally Improvised

Because of course it was.

8. Dave Bautista is Ludicrously Tough

The actor reportedly had to spend five hours a day in make-up.

Standing up. With his arms out like the image above.

And never complained.

7. ...Though His Reaction to Getting the Part Was Adorable

He immediately broke down crying.

And then started taking more acting classes (because he might be emotional, but he's clearly a smart dude).

6. Zoe Saldana Broke Chris Pratt

That's right, Pratt forgot to wear his protective gear during a fight sequence with Saldana - and her kick to his ribs left a bruise that lasted for the rest of the shoot.

5. Rocket Raccoon is Real

Or, at least, is based on an actual raccoon. Named Oreo.

4. Star-Lord Has Some Interesting Influences

Chris Pratt was apparently inspired by Han Solo...and Marty McFly. Which, in fairness, sounds about right.

3. There's a Reason Korath Seems so Pissed Off

Djimon Hounsou's costume was apparently so uncomfortable, he ended up using the irritation and pain as part of his character.

2. The Milano Got Its Name...Pretty Much the Way You Think

Yup - from 'Star-Lord's' childhood crush, Alyssa Milano.

No comment as of yet as to whether that particular crush was shared by director James Gunn...

1. Stan Lee's Cameo Was Originally very Different

He was originally set to have been captured by the Collector - and to appear giving him the finger.

Disney execs were apparently...not so much on board with it, so it was changed by James Gunn.

What do you guys reckon, though? Are there even more interesting Guardians facts out there? What other movies are hiding a bunch of awesome trivia?

Join the debate at - and try and get some good raccoon jokes in while you're at it!

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