GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY looks really weird. It does, after all, feature a talking tree and a gun-loving anthropomorphic raccoon. Weird yes, but undoubtedly AWESOME. The film, which is likely going to be Marvel’s least conventional superhero movie yet, tells the story of a team of alien outcasts that defend, not the earth, but the entire galaxy from potentially apocalyptic threats.
In the past months we have been finding out more about GUARDIANS, which had been largely mysterious since its announcement. We even got an intentionally confusing teaser for it during the credits of THOR: THE DARK WORLD, which revealed that an odd-looking Benicio Del Toro is gathering together a collection of alien artefacts for some unknown and ominous purpose. Now, Chris Pratt, who portrays the Guardians’ human leader Star-Lord, has discussed with Fandango why the film and the character appealed to him:
“Just the fact that he was part of the Marvel brand was really exciting. I was signed up to do the movie before I was even allowed to read a script, so it wasn’t like something about this particular character that got me to do it. The fact that it was a Marvel movie is what got me to do it.
Granted, once I did read it there were so many things about the character that I love, and one thing is that he’s very much a kid at heart. He’s like a man-child. And I like the idea that he’s got a false sense of bravado. Deep down inside he’s lonely and desperate. But on the outside he walks around like he’s big and tough, and I don’t think he does a great job of convincing everybody that he’s not just a scared little child.”
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is directed by James Gunn and also stars Glenn Close (FATAL ATTRACTION), Karen Gillan (DOCTOR WHO), Djimon Honsou (BLOOD DIAMOND), Lee Pace (THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG), John C. Reilly (STEP BROTHERS), Michael Rooker (THE WALKING DEAD) and Zoe Saldana (AVATAR). It will be released from 1st August 2014.