Some actors fall into the Legendary status. They have proven through the years that they can do pretty much any kind of genre and succeed. They have a fascinating life and are just incredible people when it comes down to it. When I heard Kurt Russell was going to be playing Ego aka Chris Pratt’s dad in the newest Guardians of the Galaxy I was crazy excited. I can see no matter how they go with the story Kurt is going to be bringing his A-game.
Almost a year ago now I was lucky enough to travel down to Atlanta and go on a super secret set visit while they were filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. in between takes we had a moment to chat with the cast, crew, and director. It was a wild time. Mr. Kurt Russell himself took a few moments to chat with us Mom Bloggers. So let’s get straight to the interview:
Q: Tell us about your role.
KR: Yeah, it’s just I’m his father. He’s a man of adventure and it’s a very full role. You have to play a lot of different types of scenes where we are emotionally very different. We get to explore I think a lot of Peter Quill’s past. You’ll learn a lot about where he comes from and why he is what he is and he’s coming from a position of having wondered about who his father was all his whole life and it’s me, so.
Q: What made you wanna take this role?
I was doing a publicity trip for Hateful Eight and suddenly one day all the reporters and whoever else I ran into everybody was saying so are you gonna do Guardians of the Galaxy? I’d never heard of Guardians of the Galaxy. Are you gonna be Peter Quill’s father? I was like but Sam who’s done Fury, he said oh, that’s a little different stuff. He said this is big audiences. I said is it fun?
He said oh, yeah, it’s fun and I started learning about (it). I had never been involved being asked about a character before I’d done it as much as that and I suddenly realized that this movie must have been very popular and for some reason, the audience cared about who his father was gonna be. So I said well, gee I don’t know I’ll see what it’s like. I read the script and because I hadn’t been sent a script or anything. I didn’t know anything about it. So I said well I’ll read it. So I read the script and I said well I need to see the movie. I watched it for about eight or nine minutes. I was watching it with Goldie and I just immediately — as soon as he kicked one of those things I said I watched the movie and I got the jest of the feeling of what the Guardians of the Galaxy world is like. I’ve done a lot of movies in the past, connect some dots there. I get very much why I’d be a good person to play the dad with the script that I had so that was why. This is gonna be fun to do and it’s turned out to be a blast, yeah, really fun. Chris is great and the whole cast is great and James is really — it’s fun to always work with someone who really knows what they wanna do and what they wanna show and pull off and try to create.
Q: Peter’s mom has the story line of music and it evolves around the movie. Does your character have any connection with music and are we gonna learn about that?
It will be quite important. You are gonna get (it in) the movie. There’s a strong connection to music, particular songs. It’s a big part of this world and he continues that theme very, very strongly.
Q: Standing in a room that’s obviously a blue screen. What is it like to have a set like this?
You know, it’s funny. I was doing Disney gags. We call them wire gags and this is where we were. Just been the last few days. You can see some of the wires that are left. Wire gags have always been the same ever since probably the 30s and 40s but the technology around the wire gag itself has improved so much and the wires have improved.
Well, they’re on computers. Now sometimes so you work out what you’re gonna do and they dial it in. You got much better precision but the technology of what they can do, you know, around you, that’s improved greatly ‘cause it used to be that you get a line around you and if you moved too much you’d get some rippling effect. It wasn’t very good. But I started doing those in the 60s, early 60s with Disney and they haven’t changed really that much but having said that we’re getting further and further into — we’ve been talking about this, getting further and further into this world where it’s this, you know, and this will look obviously completely different right.
I’ve always been an actor like many actors who respond to their surroundings. There’s the spontaneity is different. On a movie like this is really understanding. When we did Tombstone there was a scene where I was walking with Dana Delany. The wind was blowing that day a little bit and so it was blowing some of the cotton woods around, cotton wood, you know, like little things and one was gonna blow on her face so I just picked it like that and it was just part of the scene and it was very organic.
It was very good. That won’t happen. So you have to invent that. That’s kind of fun to do. We did some stuff, he and I. Chris and I did some stuff where when we first got together and he really knows that he’s my son and that I’m his father and I know that he’s my son and we’re doing this really cool thing and there’s nothing there. He and I looked at each other and we sort of — we were imagining things but we were imagining the same things so that was fun to play with so it’ll be fun for us to see that physicalized and then see if, you know, we told them what we were thinking so then they’ll include that.
Q: What do you hope the audience gets out of the character?
Well, good question actually because, number one, when you’re planning a character I think you try to find things that’ll be entertaining and do the them in a way that’s entertaining. That’s fun to watch and yet, you know, in movies like this it’s easy to sort of be frivolous and just look at it as comic book venue and I think comic books, especially science fiction. There’s two worlds where you can ask these big questions and one of them is westerns and one of them is science fiction. You can get away with asking the big questions, especially in westerns. You can get away with asking big, American, political questions because it’s so, it’s deeply engrained in American persona, even in children. Cowboys are a certain thing to us. The women who are connected to cowboys are a certain thing to us.
In science fiction, you can ask what would you do if you could be invisible? They let you ask these huge connections. And within the confines of this one, this story, what if you were Peter Quill and this happened to you, this marvel comic book world that Guardians of the Galaxy is and you never knew who your father was but like real life you have created in your mind someone who put on a pedestal which I think is a very important thing to talk about when you talk about children who don’t know who their parents are. Their father has left or their father never existed or their father was never in their life or maybe he was there for a short while and he left. Are you responsible for that? All those very real human things.
So when you say what do you get out of that, hope to bring for the audience, I do hope to have all the entertainment value that you should get in movie like this but underneath is the reality of when you’re playing it is the reality aspect of the relationship that is important to that person that’s real, that has consequence, that’s not comic book, that’s not cartoon. It’s not funny even though some of it is gonna end up very funny but that’s life. So that’s why I think one of the reasons James Gunn wants to get Kurt Russell to play the part because I’m gonna go in there and do that.
See what I mean. He’s a LEGEND. I can’t wait to his character and the charter of Star-Lord going at each other. That banter is going to be priceless.
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
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***Disclosure: I attended the #GOTGVol2 Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***