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Music and Rock lost a legend when David Bowie passed away earlier today at the age of 69. But even more so, Science Fiction lost a great influence. When news of Bowie’s passing reached James Gunn, he took to social media to share some news about how he and Kevin Feige were actually working on getting the Starman to make a cameo in the next installment of Guardians Of The Galaxy. Sadly, audiences will never see it, but at least they’ll learn about it and what could have been.

In a post on his Facebook page, Gunn got personal and shared how Bowie had not only influenced some of Guardians, but his personal life as well,

“Just a very short while ago Kevin Feige and I were talking about a cameo role in Guardians Vol. 2, and he brought up Bowie’s name. I told him nothing in the world would make me happier, but I heard from common friends he wasn’t doing well. We heard back that he was okay and it could potentially happen. Who knows what that was about? But, for whatever reason, it made my Twitter revelation more of a surprise.”

To know that Bowie was willing to make an appearance while being sick makes this news all the more heartbreaking. Who knows what Gunn and Feige had planned for? Several possibilities come to mind as to who Bowie could have been in the movie. Since it was just a cameo, being Starlord’s father would have been out of the question, but it’s still a fun thought. The best guest would have been that Ziggy Stardust would have been brought to life. Of course the album with the same name also featured the song “Moonage Daydream” which was in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 1.

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Gunn continued to talk about the personal influence that Bowie had in his younger life. When Gunn had hit rock bottom during his younger life due to drugs and alcohol, it was Bowie’s music that was playing in the background.

“My pop cultural connection to Bowie goes deeper as it was the music that was playing the night I hit bottom on alcohol and drugs as a very young person. I got sober that night, and those songs – “TVC15”, “Star”, “Suffragette City” – are now deeply embedded in my psyche. They all have a frightening, almost-religious context in my personal history. I’ll have to save those stories for another time.”

In the closing of his post, Gunn went on to thank Bowie for almost everything in his life.

“Thank you, David, for all you’ve given to my life, my relationships, and my career. Thank you most for helping me to make it through high school. Your music let me believe there was something magic out there, I only needed to hold on a few more years to experience it. I’m glad I did.”

Music, film, or science fiction, this is just one example of how Bowie’s influence resonated with someone and how it will be passed on for others to enjoy for generations to come.

Source: Slashfilm

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