Everybody’s favorite One Handed Zombie-Killin’ Redneck Racist from The Walking Dead, Merle (Michael Rooker) could be cast as the Furiously Furry, Fast-Shootin’ Galactic Guardian Rocket Raccoon, if Rooker has anything to say about it.
The director for the latest Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn has a history of using actors he feels comfortable with and has worked with before. This tendency has led many to look at prior actors Gunn has worked with including Nathan Fillion (who sited commitment issues) and now Michael Rooker, our favorite guy to hate on The Walking Dead.
Movieweb got a chance to talk with Rooker and asked about what role he would like to play in Guardians of the Galaxy if given the chance,
I love raccoons. Raccoons are my friends!
Oh, yeah. Most certainly. I know that James Gunn is doing it. He is directing it, and he is re-writing it. He is a very loyal director. He is a very loyal writer, when it comes to working with people that he knows and loves. He really appreciates the efforts that each actor puts into these roles. And I would be very honored and pleased to work with James Gunn again…Whether it will happen or not, I don’t know. But he is a dynamite guy, and we have remained friends ever since we worked together on Slither.
I haven’t done much research on it at all yet. Because I don’t know what is going to happen. I’m really crazy busy with The Walking Dead right now. But you know what? Write this up. Tweet the [frick] out of it. If the fans want me as Rocket Raccoon, Marvel will listen to you guys, I think, sometimes…Perhaps I will be lucky and blessed enough to go in there, and go at it with Mr. Gunn again, who knows?
What do you think about that? Rooker went on to talk about the work he’s done in video games and voice overs that would most likely play a big part in the role of Rocket Raccoon,
I have done a bunch of motion capture for Call of Duty. For the last ten months, I have been working on Black Ops 2, as Mike Harper. We’ve done many hours of motion capture and voice over stuff. All of my movements and facial gestures will be in the game. Expressions, voice, even my likeness, because it looks like me. He’s just younger.
Look, this is a major deal. They have really gotten into this motion capture for these games. The voiceover is just one section of it. Motion capture is a big part of bringing these games to life. And bringing the character to life. In Black Ops 2, we had a lot of people who lent their voices to different characters within the piece. There are multiple levels on these games nowadays. They are quite complex.
My first gig I did for Activision and Treyarch was part of Black Ops 1. I played myself. You get to play as Michael Rooker in a zombie map pack. That is part of Black Ops 1. They do different map packs over the run of the series, so they asked me to do one of them. My map pack was me, Danny Trejo, Robert Englund, Sarah Michelle Gellar, George A. Romero…We all did this game. It’s awesome. A very cool game. You get to play Michael Rooker, so it really looks like a game version of me. That’s when we first developed our relationship, me and Treyarch, and Activision. Then they asked me to do Black Ops 2. So now I am not just a game pack. I am in the whole game. I have been involved with the whole game now for about ten months.
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