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Guardians Of The Galaxy Press Conference

SDCC PRESS CONFERENCE


What’s the basic Moral Conflict Of Guardians Of The Galaxy ?

“Guardians is about a family coming together.It’s really about a group of individuals who have acted selfishly as individuals throughout their lives and learning something about themselves that makes them heroes”. – James Gunn


What’s the basic Moral Conflict Of Guardians Of The Galaxy ?

Director James Gunn: Man…That’s a good question before I flew here from London. Guardians is about a family coming together.It’s really about a group of individuals who have acted selfishly as individuals throughout their lives and learning something about themselves that makes them heroes.

Chris what was the extent of your training to get into shape ?

Chris Pratt … Peter Quill/Star-Lord: It was six months of lifting weights, cardio and really strict nutrition.It’s like really boring stuff (Some audience laughs) Basically I tried to get pounds off and running a lot.

James Gunn: He was very disciplined.His birthday was three…four weeks ago. We brought out a tray of vegtables that spelled Happy Birthday.

James, What about the tone ? Are you planning about keeping a dark comedic tone without wandering into the R rating ?

James Gunn: I don’t think it’s dark or comedic. I do think it’s me. There’s a lot of James Gunn in this movie. It’s a strange thing when I turned in the first draft, Kevin, Marvel And Joss (Whedon’s) biggest note was more James Gunn which freaked the hell out of me. So I gave them more James Gunn and that’s what’s in the movie. For every movie I do, I’m speaking to a certain part of myself and speaking to a certain audience. With a movie like Super, I’m speaking to a specific person that really appreciates it.When I’m making Guardians I’m speaking to a broader audience. A movie you’d go see on a Friday Night that everyone can appreciate. I appreciate both those types of movies.

Coming like a movie Like Super and then coming to such a big budget what was your experience like on set ?

James Gunn: It’s easier. A movie like Super, everyone on set thought that they can do a better job than I can. In a movie like this, we worked really hard to find the best actors and the best people for this movie,really hard. The best production designer,the best composer…They all make my job a lot easier.

A question for the cast, in the Marvel Universe, Captain America, Thor etc, Was it imtimading to step into these roles ?
Michael Rooker: No

Chris Pratt: There is nothing imtimidating about 200 people looking at you at a press conference. This is easy. I’m not scared. Being at Comic Con answering questions about a comic book movie. It’s super easy.

Zoe Saldana … Gamora: It’s exciting. Of course, you’re nervous. I consciously use the word intimidation because I don’t want it to be interpretated as inferior.I feel very exicited to join the Marvel Family of superheroes. I do believe that Guardians have bigger powers in a way.

I want to know if Benecio Del Toro is playing Khan in the movie. For all of you is there a great sense of pressure ?

Michael Rooker: No

Chris Pratt: I don’t think the reason that Marvel movies have been received so well is because is that they were such famous comic books. They were great stories. Iron Man Is Iron Man now because of Iron Man The Movie. It was a comic and people were familiar with it. They love and go back to it because it’s a great story. I think is the same with this. This is a really cool story. Marvel knows what they are doing and they know how to tell a story. I really don’t feel intimidated. If they told me Chris, you have to adapt Guardians Of The Galaxy on your own, but they’re doing it and It’s great to be a part of it.Wow great. I’m along for the ride.

For Chris what were some of the most challenging scenes and if anyone got hurt ?

Zoe Saldana: We still have 85% of the film to shoot.

(Laughter)

I think they’re be some soreness, muscle cramping and sweating. But it’s going to be great. We had training before rehearsing…Endless conversations about the actors and other departments about building this together. There’s going to be a lot of pain and work. I am just excited to be with something different. These characters are thieves, they’re rebels, assassins…And they’re going to be learning very big lessons.Because of James Gunn’s interpretation of Guardians, it will be revelant. My ten year old niece just visited the set. We both walked in for the first time together and we were drooling.

How strong is Drax and is he strong enough to beat both Hulk and Thor ?

Dave Bautista … Drax the Destroyer: I would have to say Yes on that.

Zoe Saldana: Have you seen his hands and those thighs ?

Dave Bautista: I appreciate you saying that. This project by far is the biggest thing I’ve ever done.

Dave, does this film mean you’ll look for more film roles ?

Dave Bautista: This is still new to me. I’m still learning. I’m not afraid to go up to the cast and pick their brains and ask for advice.

What is your favorite weird and wonderful aspect of your characters ?

Michael Rooker ,Yondu: Weird and wonderful ? There’s a lot of Yondu in me and me in Yondu. When I first read the script I noticed right away there were certain aspects of Yondu that were close to me. There was a tough love attitude I had to the other cast members…Extremely tough love. A lot of movies I’ve done, I haven’t worn much make-up except of course in Slither. This one not so bad. For me that’s a very interesting aspect. I will say that the make-up will not be minimal in this one. Sad to say..I mean happy to say.

Djimon Hounsou – Korath : I have a 4 year old son who’s read every superhero, Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, He has all of the costumes. He said to me that I wish I had light skin so I can be Spider-Man.Spider-Man has light skin. So that was the shocking but I am extremely estatic to be a part of the Marvel Universe and to hopefull y spread this diverse outlook of superheroes. I’m excited.

Lee Pace, Ronan the Accuser: It’s been around since 1967 before the Fantastic Four.I did a lot  of research. I start work this week filming this character. I’m really exicited to play a villain that is complicated.In his core, you can find something you can understand.

Dave Bautista: Drax The Destroyer is also a pretty bad dude.He’s full of rage. He’s hysterical without meaning to be hysterical. That’s what I love most about Drax.

Zoe Saldana: What’s wonderful is that she has grown up in a manner that has truly represented how she truly feels.

Chris Pratt: For Quill, there’s a petulance in him. He hasn’t been held accountable as An adult.He’s been kind of free in space and do what ever he’s wanted to do. That’s kind of fun because he’s slept with all of these super weird aliens.That’s my favorite weird element which is wonderful. When I first tried on my full wardrobe in the costume department it was like wow. I thought was pretty wonderful. I had a little extra bop in my day as I was walking.

Lee Pace, Ronan the Accuser: It’s been around since 1967 before the Fantastic Four.I did a lot  of research. I start work this week filming this character. I’m really exicited to play a villain that is complicated.In his core, you can find something you can understand.

Dave Bautista: Drax The Destroyer is also a pretty bad dude.He’s full of rage. He’s hysterical without meaning to be hysterical. That’s what I love most about Drax.

Zoe Saldana: What’s wonderful is that she has grown up in a manner that has truly represented how she truly feels.

Chris Pratt: For Quill, there’s a petulance in him. He hasn’t been held accountable as An adult.He’s been kind of free in space and do what ever he’s wanted to do. That’s kind of fun because he’s slept with all of these super weird aliens.That’s my favorite weird element which is wonderful. When I first tried on my full wardrobe in the costume department it was like wow. I thought was pretty wonderful. I had a little extra bop in my day as I was walking.

Karen Gillian, Nebula: She looks pretty weird. One of the the interesting thing about her for me is her very strange and complex relationship with Gamora.

Benicio Del Toro, The Collector: I play the Collector. The coolest thing is that he has his own personal zoo.

James Gunn: He says that the weirdest wonderful thing about the collector . He said, “My hair.”

Will there be any connection to the Marvel movies ?

Well we have Thanos. And he is the connection to the Marvel Universe. And in the future, we’ll see where that leads.But for right now,we’re psyched that he’s right here.

Please note: Due to the quality of my audio recording, I had to paraphrase some of the answers.

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