‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Breaks Down Recent Trailer
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Last night the first trailer for the very highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy debuted. It pretty much lived to everyone’s expectations, despite it being a rough cut of what was shown at Comic-Con and D23 Expo. Needless to say, it was still very cool to see everything was coming together for one of Marvel Studios’ biggest gambles. Judging by the reaction on social media, it looks like it will pay off.
So you’ve seen the trailer, and you’ve probably updated your Facebook cover photo with one of the images from our gallery. Now read what director James Gunn has to say about why you didn’t hear Rocket Raccoon in the trailer, why you got a Raiders of the Lost Ark vibe from the first few seconds of the trailer, and much more after the break.
In an interview with Total Film, Gunn breaks down each aspect of the trailer.
On the Indiana Jones influence:
There is probably no film that influenced me more as a child – no film that excited me more or that I loved more – than Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
It not only influences how I see Guardians, it influences how I live my life (which means the way for a woman to win my heart is to paint “love you” on her eyelids. Yes, I’m still single, why do you ask?).
On why Rocket Raccoon (the voice of Bradley Cooper) did not speak:
We’ve recorded most of Bradley’s dialogue already. I suppose you would expect me to tell you he’s fantastic and his characterisation of Rocket will blow your mind – so don’t believe me and just wait to see (or hear) it for yourself.
In all truth, we hired Bradley because he’s able to do both comedy and drama – it’s the thing I look for most in the actors on all my films – and to truly sell Rocket – for you to believe a Raccoon can talk (and blow up and shoot tons of stuff) we need a well-rounded actor.
To create the line-up shot for the trailer, 15 people worked on Rocket and 15 people worked on Groot. That’s 30 people. For one shot.
I think its best that we didn’t hear Rocket speak in the first trailer. One reason is that the Guardians of the Galaxy is not a household name like Spider-Man, X-Men, or the Avengers. Another is that he would offset the tone, which was to introduce these characters. Revealing a talking Raccoon would either take away from that or worse annoy the viewer.
If you’ve watched Slither or Super, than you know that Guardians is a perfect fit for Gunn. As you have seen the edgy humor from Peter Quill/Starlord making an obscene gesture to Peter Serafinowicz‘s character calling the Guardians a “bunch of a-holes,” makes the film probably the most comedic of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The “bunch of a-holes” line is still in the trailer, which I love. That was an ad-lib I threw to Peter Serafinowicz on the day we were shooting. He wasn’t sure he wanted to say it – it’s not something British people say – but it works perfectly in the trailer.
The movie has a lot of edgy humour, unusual for a comic book movie. But we were encouraged by Marvel to take risks, so we did.
However, we never wanted the humour to get in the way of the fun or the emotional heart of the film – those things came first.
On seeing Nebula (Karen Gillan) for the very first time:
Well, a lot of shots in the Comic-Con trailer were simply shots from make-up and camera tests before we ever filmed.
I knew I wanted to add some shots of Nebula, as she’s super badass (we only had one make-up test of her in the Comic-Con trailer – and it wasn’t even Karen Gillan).
There is so much more to learn from this trailer breakdown, including why you didn’t see certain characters, which was his favorite shot, why a Sony walkman appears in the film, and more. Head to TotalFilm for the full trailer breakdown by director James Gunn.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on August 1, 2014.