Most of you know that I was in Los Angeles earlier this month to be at Disney Studios for the #GuardiansoftheGalaxy Event as well as some other movie screenings. On the last day of the event I had the opportunity to be able to interview a number of the cast members and director James Gunn as a part of the press junket that would lead up to the world premier of the movie. I have to be honest and say that Seeing the Guardians of the Galaxy Movie and meeting these actors and Director James Gunn was probably the highlight of the trip, though everything was equally amazing! I wanted to take a few minutes to be able to reflect back on the interviews that I was a part of with the group of amazing bloggers that I was with.
One of the interviews that we had for the #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent was with Director James Gunn. As a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy and the Marvel Universe I was very excited to hear from James Gunn about his motivations as well as the interconnection between the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises.
From the moment that James Gunn entered the room there was an energy that surrounded him and the conversation. He came in loud and energized and he was excited to be talking to us about the movie itself! With a HUGE smile on his face he was definitely surprised by the number of people in the room, but once we started talking to him, our enthusiasm about the film was contagious and you could tell he was pleased by this.
We talked to James Gunn about what role he likes best in making movies because he has done so many different things. While he stated that he loves directing, he said that what he really is best at is picking good people for the roles that are available in movies. I have to agree in regards to this movie, as the people picked for the acting roles truly felt correct to me, especially after seeing the movie and experiencing the true symetry that seemed to happen between the characters in the movie.
James Gunn mentioned that he loved that he had the opportunity to create a new wing for Marvel, especially in the fact that through the Guardians of the Galaxy he was able to not only create a new wing, but he was able to create new worlds, new characters and even new species of characters. As a comic book fan James Gunn said that this was the most exciting for him in being affiliated with this movie.
We asked James Gunn which character in the movie was his favorite, and while he said that each character had their own things that made them unique and fun, that his favorite was probably Rocket as he was the outcast, he learns the least by the end of the movie, and he is the saddest character in regards to his backstory.
James Gunn said that making a family film was very satisfying for him. He equated this experience back to his own childhood and favorite movies from then. He stated that he wanted to be able to make Guardians of the Galaxy into a movie that allowed fans to have a similar experience to what he had with his own favorite movies. He also hoped that people would leave this movie with the understanding that this film was not just about superheroes. The movie instead is about family, friendship and caring.
I was interested to hear whether there was much interplay between James Gunn and Joss Whedon as the the Avengers are definitely connected to the Guardians in the actual comic series. While James did not go into a lot of detail about the future projects in the works, he did say that conversations definitely happened between both he and Joss Whedon, especially in regards to Thanos as James said he wanted to make sure that he remained true to the Thanos’ character as it was introduced in the Avengers and other related movies.
In talking about the future for the Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn said that there are a ton of possibilities. He said that he would love to be able to tell the story of Rocket and Groot or Gamora or even the story of Nebula.
As we heard from Dave Bautista, James Gunn mentioned that his favorite antics moment though was the dance-off that he orchestrated with all of the cast. He said that it was so much fun and that he loved seeing all of the cast and crew having fun.
Meeting James Gunn was SO exciting and I loved hearing about his love for comics and how doing something like this was a dream come true. James was so down-to-earth and the smile that never left his face was proof of his excitement about the movie and what it brings to the Marvel Universe!
Want to learn more? The transcript of the full interview can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zv13kfar6y8hxqk/GOTG-JamesGunn.doc
About the Movie
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.
James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and is now playing in U.S. theaters everywhere.
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