James Gunn is a bigger MARVEL fan than we are. He is so full of joy when he talking about both of the Guardians films. You can see his passion bleeding through. During our set visit last year he was super busy, but he still took the time to sit down with us for a quick interview:
Q: How are you feeling today?
JG: I’m good. I’m really good. Yeah, we’re pretty busy today. We have two different sets running at the same time so I run back and forth between Kurt Russell on one set and then everybody else on the other set. So it’s fun mostly.
Q: When did you come up with the sequel idea?
JG: A lot of the sequel ideas (are) about, Quill’s relationship to his two fathers, basically Yondu and Kurt – the character Kurt Russell plays.. The mythology of all of that was something that was written before the first movie was written. I knew basically where he was going. Basically who his father was. Basically what Yondu’s relationship was to his father. So a lot of mythology came then.
Then the story started to ferment like during the first movie I was always taking notes and thinking about it. And I knew this was a story. I wasn’t sure if it should be the sequel. I wasn’t sure if it should be like a third movie in a trilogy. And then when it came time to actually write the screenplay, I’m like, let’s just go for broke and do that story that I had in my head, which was this one. Which I really started actually physically writing the treatment on the first day, on the day the first movie came out.
Q: Why is music such an important character in this story?
JG:Well I think that music is really the character of Peter Quill’s mom, so that’s his relationship with his mother is through the music. Music’s an important thing in my own life. And so I think it’s something that keeps that relationship alive. And that relationship is very much kept alive in this second movie. His relationship with his mother as well as his relationship with his father and what that is exactly. And that’s told through music.
I think in the first movie, there’s another practical reason which is that people were going into this movie, different planets, different worlds, different characters from other planets, and the music was a way we kept everybody grounded in something that was attached to earth, something that was familiar in the midst of all this unfamiliar stuff. Something that was an emotional tether, basically, to earth.
Q: When we last talked to you, Rocket was your favorite character.
JG: He’s still. Baby Groot, He’s pretty awesome. There’s times when we’re shooting and it’s nothing. It’s like either a little stick, or I’m like describing it and then like afterwards the guys are like, Oh, dang. The stick guy- Baby Groot’s gonna steal the whole movie. And he’s not even there. And I can tell you on the first movie, we were barely aware of Groot.
He wasn’t that present on set. I mean my brother, Sean, played Rocket. So he was always there and everybody knew Rocket as a real character. But Groot wasn’t there, and then we kind of start putting the movie together and creating Groot in post, and it was like, oh wow, the character really fills out once we started to create him. But they would just forget about him, which, it happens in the first movie ‘cause a couple times Groot’s like, what- what about me? I’m over here. I want my share of things. And that’s really what we were treating him like. So I love Baby Groot.
But Rocket’s the one. I just relate so deeply to Rocket and, I think something that we succeeded a lot at in this film is each character has their own story. I think that’s been more true for the other non-star lord characters in this movie than in the first movie. And I would say especially for Gamora and Rocket. They have their very specific stories that are about them.
Watching the Filming of a Scene
See this picture? This is from the last scene in th superbowl spot:
This picture was when we were on set and watching them filming the scene. Before visual effects got a hold of it. Which gives you a small picture of what the actors work with and also what “movie magic” is added to make it comlplete. The area we were in was literally was made to look like another planet with blue screens behind them. It was fascinating because you could see enough to visualize you were something else, but then seeing everything put together like in the next photo shows just how incredible the final look is.
We also saw a glimpse of each actor’s stunt doubles hanging back to film certain parts. They were ready to pop in when needed. James was directing Dave Bautista aka Drax doing some cool stuff with wire work. It’s amazing to see the cast, crew, stunt doubles, and everyone else who contributes to making this great film we will all experience. So may people. All in all, it was a fantastic day.
About the Movie
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017
Just like that our coverage about all things Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. and our set visit is at an end. I hope you enjoyed following our adventures as I did sharing them!
***Disclosure: I attended the #GOTGVol2 Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***