25 Fun Facts from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Press Conference
With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opening tonight across the United States and Canada, I decided that now would be the perfect time to talk a little bit about the film’s press conference which I attended last month. Instead of trying to summarize the event, which took place on Thursday, April 20, 2017, I have decided to revisit my experience and make mention of 25 of the most interesting facts or things that I learned from the conference.
Because the Marvel Studios Family has gotten so big in terms of their cast, the press conference was actually broken up into two separate conferences. This means that just like the conferences, I will be breaking up this list two into two separate parts.
The first conference featured Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Kurt Russell (Ego), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Elizabeth Debicki (Ayesha), Director James Gunn and Producer Kevin Feige.
25. Kurt Russell never saw the original Guardians of the Galaxy before getting hired to play Ego in Vol. 2.
24. Chris Pratt recalls meeting Kurt Russell for the first time and mentions that he felt like he had to act like a fan towards him otherwise he wouldn’t feel genuine. He went on to point out that he and Russell went became good friends on and off the set.
23. James Gunn didn’t want Vol 2. to be a rehash of the original film. He wanted it to be unique and different.
22. Kevin Feige and James Gunn talks about creative freedom while making Vol 2. Gunn mentioned that he was given complete freedom to do whatever he wanted to do but there was one thing in the film that he and Feige disagreed on. Neither would reveal what moment it was but Feige admitted that he left Gunn keep that particular moment in the final cut of the film.
21. There is a scene in Vol 2. where Yondo comes into a scene and yells “I’m Mary Poppins, y’all.” Rooker stated that he had done the scene several times with various ad-lib versions of the line. Gunn adds that he has a lot of behind the scenes footage of Rooker saying that line complete with every curse word imaginable.
20. During the conference, a question was asked about objectifying men which lead to various responses from the men on the panel. Debicki responded to the question as the only woman on the panel and stated, “I just wanted to say that I think it’s a really interesting question, but it always has to be about context. And for me as an actress, whenever I’ve made the choice to do something like that, it’s always about the context you’re shooting it in, about the story, about what you’re trying to say with your direction and the other actors, and I have personally never felt objectified.
19. When asked about one of the film’s five post credit scenes, Kevin Feige confirmed that Stallone’s character Stakar is, in fact, part of the original Guardians of the Galaxy. He also noted that Ving Rhames is Charlie 27 in this specific end credits scene.
18. Kurt Russell has worked with Disney a lot of the years as an actor. When asked about his experience working with Disney again on this film, he responded with “You have to make a company feel good about the decision to hire you even if you are well established.”
17. Gunn thinks of both Guardians of the Galaxy films to be movies about outcasts, for outcasts.
16. When shooting scenes that involved Baby Groot, the cast talked about how they had a statue of Baby Groot on the set. Pratt mentioned that after filming each scene that involved Groot, he would say “Damn it, he’s going to steal this scene again.”
15. In the usual Kevin Feige fashion, he hinted upon the various Easter Eggs within the film. He says that many of these characters will appear in some of the upcoming Marvel Studio released films.
14. James Gunn and Kevin Feige when discussing female characters in the MCU that they want the women characters to be fully developed characters, just like their male counterparts. Gunn points out this is why Mantis is given a lot of screentime and story.
The second conference featured Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Sean Gunn (Kraglin), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Sylvester Stallone (Member of Nova Corps), and Producer Kevin Feige. I was actually able to ask a question during this conference which I will note at the end at the end of the fun facts.
13. Bradley Cooper only does the voice of Rocket Racoon. Sean Gunn is the one who brings Rocket’s on-screen presence to life.
12. Being a big fan of mythology is what ultimately made Sylvester Stallone want to take on the role of Stakar Ogord.
11. Zoe Saldana loved the relationship between her character Gamora and Gillian’s Nebula. She mentioned that she could really relate to their struggle because she has sisters.
10. In the film, there is a dark side of Nebula that is shown. Feige and Gillan both suggest that this “dark side” might be explored further in another Marvel film.
9. When asked about the topic of family, which is such a big theme in both films, Dave Bautista says that he loves his dogs and that they are some of his favorite things in the world.
8. Pom Klementieff said it took three and a half to four hours for the make-up artists to do Mantis’ makeup each day.
7. It seems unlikely that we will ever see another Howard The Duck movie but Feige mentions that he will continue to pop up and appear in other Marvel Studio films.
6. Just like Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone was not aware of the Guardians of the Galaxy prior to being in the film. When asked about his favorite superheroes, Stallone joked “I grew up with horrible superheroes like Elastic Man and things like that. They’re really horrible.”
5. Sean Gunn loved being back for the second film and said that his favorite part of the project was just being able to work with everyone again.
4. Karen Gillian said that Zoe Saldana really helped her learn how to fight in the film. She would guide her on how to move her body and what her actions should be.
3. Dave Bautista’s real laugh is nothing at all like Drax’s laugh in the film. He points out that he is a very understated person with a very understated laugh.
2. The cast spoke out about how much they enjoyed the fact that James Gunn would actually play the score and soundtrack to the film while the actors were on set.
1. Sean Gunn loves Tyler Bates’ score in the film as does Kevin Feige.
And lastly, my question.
SCOTT MENZEL: This question is for Karen. My wife is such a big fan of Dr. Who and I’m still mourning the loss of Selfie.
KAREN GILLAN: Oh, thank you. [LAUGHS] You’re the only one. [LAUGHTER]
SCOTT MENZEL: I know. How is it being back into this universe and how is it different from being in the Dr. Who universe?
KAREN GILLAN: Oh, I mean it’s amazing to be welcomed back into this. I mean, I had such a good time on the first film. I was this evil villain, kind of watching from the sidelines a little bit and so to be so involved this time around, right, just like a complete honor… It’s pretty different to Dr. Who. I mean, I’ve spent some time in space, so I’ve become accustomed to that. [LAUGHTER] And, but I don’t know, I mean it just feels like this whole other thing. I mean, I’m an alien, I played a human before, so that kind of just frees me up as an actor. I mean, I can sort of just make any choice, I guess and it could be valid. [LAUGHTER] And so that’s quite fun as an actor. But I guess it has its similarities as well. It has such a loyal fan base and that’s the most exciting thing, to actually be in something that people care about, which is quite rare and people are so passionate about it, so that’s what I love about sci-fi in general.
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