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.
Guardians of the Galaxy took over Halloween 2014
Marvel wasn’t sure what to expect and probably didn’t invest enough into their GotG Halloween costumes. But, each of the Guardians became one of the most popular costumes worn the 2014 Halloween season, especially Groot. There were Groots everywhere.
Guardians of the Galaxy set Box Office Records Globally
As of November 2014, it was the 31st highest grossing film of all time in the United States making over $331 million dollars stateside. It was also the 51st highest grossing film of all time worldwide, making over $770 million dollars total.
The Score for Guardians of the Galaxy was Pre-Recorded
Unlike with most films, the score by Tyler Bates was written BEFORE the cameras started rolling (along with the soundtrack being pre-selected). That way the actors and crew could get a feel on-set of what they were going for tonally.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack Made History
The film’s soundtrack, Awesome Mix Vol. 1, reached number one on the Billboard charts, making it the first film soundtrack to ever do that without a single original song. The soundtrack was also nominated for a Grammy in the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Visual Media category.
James Gunn Gave Out Play-Doh as a Reward
James Gunn kept a pile of Play-Doh canisters on set and would give them out whenever someone did an amazing job that day. Everyone from an actor, a grip, a stunt man, or a PA was eligible. During the 85 day shoot, with a crew of over 200, he gave out just 40 or so Play-Doh rewards.
Gunn said, “I love the smell of Play-Doh, opening a new container and smelling it puts me in a creative, child-like place. Who doesn’t love playing with Play-Doh?”
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