It’s been mostly quiet on the Guardians of the Galaxy front lately, with the film more than halfway through principal photography. However, actor Michael Rooker — who is playing the blue-skinned Yondu — recently “hijacked” Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment Twitter account to answer any fan questions.
Rooker fielded fan questions about both Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and AMC’s The Walking Dead (Valhalla Entertainment produces AMC’s zombie drama). While Rooker didn’t reveal any plot details about the upcoming Marvel Phase 2 movie, he playfully answered questions about his day-to-day while working on the film. Here are some o the questions and his responses, via GuardTheGalaxy.com:
- When asked what movie he would like to do after Guardians of the Galaxy, Rooker answered, ‘Another Guardians. Duh.’
- Rooker said that it takes “about an hour and a half and two more days to make sure” his blue body paint (for the role of Yondu) is all off.
- While talking about joining the Marvel universe, Rooker jokingly said, ‘I’m in a Marvel movie and its paying my mortgage right now. Love Marvel. Sh*tYes!!!!!!’
- Rooker first heard about Guardians of the Galaxy from director James Gunn.
- When asked if he had to learn a new skill for Guardians of the Galaxy, Rooker joked, ‘No, I showed them a few.’
The first tweet above teases the possibilities for more Guardians of the Galaxy movies. A few weeks ago, Rooker hinted that Marvel and director James Gunn are very interested in making more Guardians movies, assuming the first film is successful. Apparently, the film could explore more of Yondu Udonta’s allegiances as a hero or villain. Rooker told SuperHeroHype:
When I first got the role of Yondu, [director James] Gunn was like, ‘Don’t read any of the comics!’ but it’s beautiful stuff. Whenever you do a film of comic book characters and stuff you don’t know how much you can show, you don’t know how much is going to be brought out. Nowadays movies are done and they already have two or three others planned out. So stuff you do in this one, you ask, ‘Why aren’t we doing this?’ and they say, ‘Well be patient!’
If you’re curious, Yondu Udonta is one of the film’s villains, but in the comic book, the Centaurian was one of the founders of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team, and even a member of The Avengers in the 1960s. Whether or not Rooker’s character will eventually embrace his heroic side on the big screen remains to be seen.
As for the film itself, the cosmic team of peacekeepers has finally been fully assembled, with the last addition being Bradley Cooper, who will be playing the intelligent, gun-loving Rocket Raccoon. Cooper will join Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and Vin Diesel as the treelike alien Groot.
James Gunn describes the Marvel movie as “a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.” The film also stars Benicio del Toro as The Collector, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and Glenn Close as Nova Prime.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014.