As the August 1st release date for James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy comes ever closer, we’re starting to see more and more of the actors involved discuss their roles and experiences on set. This time around we’ve got Michael Rooker and Zoe Saldana in the hot seat.
Michael Rooker recently sat down with the folks over at Total Film and had this to say about his role as Yondu (Pictured above):
It’s challenging. You have to forget that you have all these issues like three hour make-up and stuff, once you get that stuff on you have your own down time. You forget you have it on. You just play the role and you have great time doing it.
Will the movie version of Yondu have the same powers and abilities as the comic book original? Rooker replied:
I don’t think I’m at liberty to discuss any powers of any sort. Y’know, most of the roles I play, just by it being who I am normally they’re somewhat formidable individuals. That’s just sort of my look and my build. So we utilize that in almost everything I’ve done, and it’s the same in Guardians.
I’m very interested in seeing how Rooker pulls off Yondu, he was a scene stealer in The Walking Dead with his character Merle and I’m expecting to see some of that same scene stealing intensity with Yondu.
MTV caught up with Zoe Saldana, and discussed her role as Gamora and how it all fits together.
Here’s the gist of what she had to say:
A new way to view superheroes. I mean I love sometimes the consistency of what the classics have left behind, but I need innovation, and you can only have so much of ‘I’ll save you!’ after a while it’s like ‘Oh god, does he go to the bathroom? Is he hungry? Does he cry? Does he feel?’ Not only do we cover that, we’re making heroes after thieves and they’re Robin Hoods and I love that because I’m an underdog. I always like the longer route, the hardest route, because that’s the only one that’s going to teach you great lessons in life and these characters are absolutely amazing and they have a full blown redemption. So to be able to sink your teeth into such meaty characters and to be a part of such a story that is very unique and obviously has everything that I love: it has space, it has a cooky director, it literally has just cojones. It has amazing actors that you would have never thought to put them all together and somehow we’re all here, giving 150% and loving the story that we’re doing.
It’s gonna be very (good) – I hope, I never like to shoot myself in the foot to seem that confident that I may come across as arrogant, but I’m rooting for it, a great deal because it was amazing. What we shot and we left on the screen there were pretty amazing things and I have a feeling that James is going to capture them very beautifully. I’m happy to have worked with someone like James, because not everyday do you meet somebody that is absolutely who they are and you cannot compare them to anybody else. There’s only going to be one James Gunn and I like that.
Gamora is an ass-kicker for lack of a better term. Seeing Saldana take a more active action role should be a lot of fun. She finally got some action time in the latest Star Trek and we should expect to see a lot of crazy space kung-fu fighting from her character in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy hits theater screens August 1st, 2014 starring Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Djimon Honsou, Gregg Henry, Glenn Close and John C. Reilly.