Michael Rooker has literally been one of my favorite character actors for years. The few times I’ve interviewed him he has been such a ham and a cutie. Sean Gunn is the brother of brilliant director James Gunn, but he’s becoming a force to be reckoned with in the character acting world himself. These two guys together make up one of my favorite teams in the Guardians Universe. Yondu and Kraglin. When I was out in LA for the Press Junket these 2 lovable anti-heroes sat with us Mom Bloggers to chat. So let’s get straight to the interview!
Q: Can you tell us about the makeup process?
MR: Oh, you know what? Yeah, the makeup process is awesome. It took about, maybe a three hour process to put on and four or five, six layers of different shades of blue and gold and silver and yellow, flax and all kinds of stuff. I’m like, what color is this? It’s gold, and they just, sometimes they just flick it on with a brush. They put it on the brush and they just go and they just flick it and it’s like little, little spackling all over your face, but tiny little dots that helps to bring out the depth of the, of the paint so it looks like, it just looks like real skin and I mean, it feels like real skin, too.
Q: How was it working with the false teeth?
MR: We both could answer that stuff. Oh, we both had some grills, baby. Do we not? You had more of a problem with it than I did, but Yeah.
SG: Yeah, the teeth can be tricky. I tried to get the teeth made a good several months before we started so that I could just put them in and work with the, the talking. I, because I think talking through the teeth was like, in the first movie, it was one of the most difficult things I did.
MR: It was. But I didn’t have a problem with it because my, you know, everybody’s different. Sean can speak English. I cannot. Sean’s, he, his consonants are, you know, his, he uses consonants. I do not almost never and my quality is more throatal and glottal. His is not. I mean, he can do that, of course. We are trained actors, but his is just my quality in that’s how I do it, so thereby, the teeth are up in the front, so I form my words and my consonants and sounds more back, so it didn’t’ bother me at all with the speaking. What it did do, was it’s very difficult for the whistle. A whistle’s all in the front right where the stupid teeth are and these, we got to fix these because I got to whistle. So they did and they did pretty good and I had to relearn a little bit of where I focus. Where I focus the sound for the whistling and stuff.
SG: I sort of worked with it.
Q: What is your favorite character besides your own and why?
SG: I don’t know. I like ‘em all in different ways. I love Drax. I mean, I think, I just, I loved sort of the journey that I’ve seen Dave take from his audition for the first movie through this, like, I think, magnificent performance he gives in this movie and so I don’t know. I guess if I had to choose, I’d say Dave, but I love all the characters in the movie.
MR: I would say, I don’t like working with real humans. Never have. I’m going to go with Rocket and Baby Groot are my favorite, you know. But that being said, Rocket is my friend right here and we worked together day and night doing this. He does all the and all the voice stuff for Rocket.
SG: Well, that’s mean. On set, yeah.
MR: And I mean, several times. We, we go through like, how many times we do, when we’re doing a scene, it takes like, four or five times. Four or five good ones to layer all that, all that stuff and you can, you can probably talk a little bit more about that layering stuff.
SG: Yeah, yeah. We have to do several takes for anything that Rocket is a part of. Chin group. We do a reference take. We’re in there and we make sure we get one or two good ones of those and then we have to do one with, a light. I’m just doing the lines from just behind the camera.
MR: A light. That’s right. Got to do one with a stick. With a piece of tape.
SG: Got to do one that’s totally empty. Yeah, all that. All that kind of stuff so it’s all, it’s a whole process.
MR: So, the process for doing this kind of movie with such heavy CGI and also characters that don’t truly exist, you know, it’s like doing five movies, for God’s sake. I will forever get a whole hell of a lot more money if I ever have to do this again. That being said, I’ll probably never get hired again. For this kind of movie, but if ever I do, trust me, guys. Producers out there, you better know you better come with your best offer because I know how this shit works now. And it is hard. It’s difficult.
Q: What has it been like to transition from a behind the scenes character to an onscreen character?
SG: Yeah, well, to the first point about working with my brother, I mean, we’ve been working together in various capacities since we were little, so it’s like, I have an easier time working with him than just about anybody because we have such a shorthand for communicating with one another and I know for the most part, what he’s looking for. When I read scenes, I have a pretty good feel for what he’s going for. I think that we work together really, really well. I’m certainly grateful that he gave me such a nice role in this film. I have so much to do. I really am happy to be part of it. I know that that’s kind of what I’m supposed to say, but it’s true [LAUGHS]. It’s a great franchise and I think that the movies are made with a lot of love and a lot of heart and I’m very happy to be part of that.
Well, these guys, what they go through with makeup and stuff is amazing. You hear Rooker talk about having hours worth of makeup and it’s really impressive. I mean, because he never complains and, and so it’s not just going through the makeup process. It’s then also being ready to go and ready to perform and focus and so, what he and Dave and Karen and Zoe go through every day. And Sully on this movie, too, is like, is just so intense, so I was very glad that he gave me, he let me play a humanoid character in this movie and that I like. In every other I’ve had to do, either a lot of makeup or I get killed, so I’m glad.
Q: Do you see the potential of expanding Yondu’s back story into its own movie and would you like to be a part of that?
MR: Well, any kind of extension and of Yondu would be good. I wouldn’t mind that at all. You know, I’m used, as we’re just speaking, I’m used to the makeup. I’m used to the character. I already know it.
Q: You just have to get paid more, right?
MR: Yeah, oh, I will get paid more, yes.[LAUGHS] But you know what? This is, have you ever spoke with these ladies before?
SG: No, I don’t think so.
MR:This is the, like, best, this is the pinnacle of all the interviews that we have done.
SG: I agree. I know. We should just do this all day.
Why thanks you Mr. Rooker and Mr. Gunn. I couldn’t agree more. I love interviewing the Guardians Cast and Crew. Top notch people and fun interviews….always.
About The Movie:
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***Disclosure: I attended the #GotGVol2Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***