14 Facts About Guardians of the Galaxy That You Probably Didn’t Know4 min read

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well

Hailed as the biggest box-office surprise of 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy has gone on to be one of the most popular films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I wanted to put together a brief list of Guardian of the Galaxy facts and interesting snippets.

14 Interesting Things about Guardians of the Galaxy You More Than Likely Didnt Know

There Was A lot of Competition to Play Star-Lord

Joel Edgerton, Eddie Redmayne, Jensen Ackles, Lee Pace, Wes Bentley, Jack Huston, Cam Gigandet, Sullivan Stapleton, Logan Marshall Green, Garett Hedlund, Chris Lowell, James Marsden, Jim Sturgess, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Aaron Paul, Michael Rosenbaum, John Krasinski, and many others all auditioned for the role of Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Though Chris Pratt got the part, Glenn Howerton from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was the second choice pick.

To Play the Role of Star-Lord, Chris Pratt Lost 60 Pounds

Chris Pratt told director James Gunn he’d need six months to lose the 50 pounds for the part. In the end, he actually lost 60 pounds, thanks to a strict diet and a torturous workout regimen. He said it was worth it to see the best possible physical version of himself.

Chris Pratt Wasn’t Shy About Basing his Star-Lord Performance on Harrison Ford’s Han Solo

Chris Pratt very proudly likened his role as Star-Lord, and his portrayal of the character, to that of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. Harrison Ford was 35 when he first donned the Solo vest, and Pratt was 35 when he first donned Star-Lord’s.

Djimon Hounsou Took the Role Because of His Son

Djimon Hounsou said he took the role of Korath for the sake of his son, who is a huge comic book fan. He also said he used the discomfort of the character’s rigid costume and makeup to fuel his performance.

Playing Groot Helped Vin Diesel Deal with Paul Walker’s Death

Vin Diesel said that his performance as Groot helped him through the difficulty of losing his friend, Paul Walker. Citing Groot’s perspective on the world, Diesel said, “It was the first time I came back to dealing with human beings after dealing with death, so playing a character who celebrates life in the way Groot does was very nice.”

In His Role as Groot, Vin Diesel Recorded His One Line Over 1,000 Times

Vin Diesel recorded all of his “I am Groot” lines in several languages including Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French so they could use his real voice in every rendition of the film. In all, he ended up recording the line over 1,000 times.

Ranger Rick Isn’t Just a Nickname, It’s a Magazine

At one point Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord calls Rocket Raccoon “Ranger Rick,” a reference to an educational children’s magazine starring a cartoon raccoon with that name, which was popular during the 70s and 80s.

James Gunn’s Brother Played Rocket on Set

Adam Sandler, David Tennant, Sharlto Copley, Jim Carrey and H. Jon Benjamin were all considered for Rocket Raccoon before Bradley Cooper was cast. Many fans lobbied for Jason Statham since Rocket is described with a similar accent in the comics.

James Gunn’s brother, Sean, played Rocket on set during filming, with Cooper’s voice added later.

Dave Bautista’s Makeup Took Five Hours a Day and He Never Sat Down

It took makeup artists five hours a day to apply the 18 prosthetic tattoo pieces and full body makeup onto Dave Bautista. Chris Pratt said Bautista stood the entire time, holding onto rails with tennis balls in his hands, silent and never complaining.

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