Guardians of the Galaxy is now officially one of the biggest movies of the year. Loud and brash, it is packed with action as the strange crew of characters tear ass across various worlds and the deepest reaches of outer space. Such endeavors, of course, require spaceships, of which there are many. One of the most prominent is The Milano, and now Chris Pratt, who plays the owner and operator of the vessel in question, gives you a personalized, sort of, tour of the craft.
Framing this behind-the-scenes video like an episode of MTV’s Cribs makes a lot of sense because the Milano also happens to double as Peter Jason Quill’s (Pratt), aka Star-Lord, living quarters. He gives you a guided look around the premises, including the bed, where all the magic happens. And from what he says in the movie, it sounds like there’s a lot of magic going down when Star-Lord is in the house.
Quill may live in space now, but he does in fact hail from Earth. He left Terran soil all the way back in 1988, so his awareness of pop culture runs out after a certain point, which also explains the custom cassette deck. This is illustrated in the name of the ship, which I recently learned is named after one of his childhood crushes, none other than Who’s the Boss? star Alyssa Milano.
During the tour Pratt takes great pains to point out all of the practical stuff that could very easily have been added later with special effects. You also get to see just how big the set of the Milano is, and how much of what you see in the finished movie is actually physically there. This kind of effort is part of what helps Guardians of the Galaxy feel more real than its counterparts, and it lends and air of the concrete to the proceedings.
The James Gunn directed Guardians revolves around a rag-tag group of space outlaws who must come together save the galaxy from being overrun by the nefarious Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Comprised of Star-Lord, green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana); big, blue, vengeance-driven madman Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista); an anthropomorphic raccoon named Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper); and an eight-foot-tall alien tree named Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), this is totally as much fun as it sounds. And we’re not the only ones who think so, as the movie topped $90 million at the box office over the weekend, obliterating the previous August box office record holder The Bourne Ultimatum.