The Guardians of the Galaxy are back and we can’t wait to dive into action with them again this month! Before the movie is out though, here are some fun facts you might not have known about our favourite A-holes.
It takes about 5 hours to do Dave Bautista’s make up
the most time-consuming makeup job was on Dave Bautista. Playing Drax the Destroyer, Bautista’s makeup required five makeup artists working for five hours a day to apply 18 prosthetic pieces.
Since Drax wasn’t a single color, like Gamora or Ronan, Bautista’s makeup job required various paint layers and chemicals to be added to his skin, which meant he couldn’t sit for the entire five hours.
Jason Momoa turned down the role of Drax
Jason Momoa was all set to star as Drax before cameras rolled. With deals in place and negotiations ongoing, Momoa eventually dropped out at the last second. Though it’s not sure why, some reports have claimed that negotiations for a higher pay fell through, while others say that Momoa didn’t want to get typecast as the big brute following his role as Drogo in Game of Thrones.
None of the Guardians team were from the original comic book series
Knowing they were already gambling by making a risky Guardians film, Marvel largely ignored all of the original run of Guardians of the Galaxy comics, despite their team existing in the pages of Marvel history since 1969. While that original team shares little similarities with the team from the film, the interesting thing is that not one of the main characters even made an appearance in Marvel’s first Guardians film. Between Major Victory, Martinex T’Naga, Starhawk, Aleta, and Nikki, none of these characters are known among even the most well-versed Marvel nerds despite part of the original Guardians team, and Marvel decided to embrace the weird and jump straight into the Guardians’ most obscure (but marketable) characters: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket.
Bradley Cooper wasn’t originally considered for the voice of Rocket
the first people they went after to voice Rocket were Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler, two of the (once) biggest names in comedy that would’ve leant some high-energy shenanigans to the character. While it may be tough to imagine anyone other than Bradley Cooper voicing the lovable but insane genetically modified raccoon, these castings actually aren’t that weird when we look at the finished product.
Many people auditioned for the role of Star Lord
Eddie Redmayne, Lee Pace, Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden, Jim Sturgess, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aaron Paul, and John Krasinski were all rumoured to be strongly considered for Quill at one point or another during pre-production.
Playing Groot helped Vin Diesel deal with Paul Walker’s death
Vin Diesel said that his performance as Groot helped him through the difficulty of losing his friend, Paul Walker. Citing Groot’s perspective on the world, Diesel said, “It was the first time I came back to dealing with human beings after dealing with death, so playing a character who celebrates life in the way Groot does was very nice.”
Marvel only has 12% of a plan
While devising his plan to stop Ronan, Quill admits to only having 12% of a plan, the same percentage Tony Stark gives Pepper Potts in planning Stark Tower in The Avengers.
Wanna get a Walkman?
The cassette player Peter Quill/Star-Lord uses throughout the film is a Sony TPS-L2 released in 1979. It was originally called a Soundabout, and the name was later changed to Walkman.
Yondu plays both sides
In the movie, Yondu (played by Michael Rooker) is portrayed as a mercenary and… pretty much a villain. But in the comics, he is not only a proud member of a tribal warrior race, but he’s actually a founding member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, which we see in Vol. 2
Everyone wanted to be Gamora
After Olivia Wilde turned down the role of Gamora, Gina Carano, Rachel Nichols, and Adrianne Palicki also auditioned, with the role eventually going to Zoe Saldana.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 opens in cinemas 27 Apr 2017
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