James Gunn Wanted David Bowie To Cameo In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’
Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 7:01 pm
David Bowie tragically passed last night at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer. We have already shared our thoughts on the legend, musician, and actor. Those who were influenced by his work have also shared their thoughts on Bowie’s passing giving their own tributes.
James Gunn, whose Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack most appropriately featured Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” from the classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album, shared his own thoughts about how the artist’s work helped shaped his career as a storyteller, and he also revealed that there were discussions about possibly having Bowie cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. More on the story below.
In a statement posted on his personal Facebook page, Gunn talked about how there had been a possibility of having Bowie make a cameo appearance in the Guardians sequel.
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.
As aforementioned, “Moonage Daydream” was a song that was featured on the first Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack (an album we talked about in detail). In the same post, Gunn talked about including that track, and how he has been trying to work in another song from Ziggy Stardust in the sequel:
Bowie was an idol of mine, huge and omnipresent. Few artists in any field have had as an indelible impression upon me as he has. To my mind, Ziggy Stardust is perhaps the greatest rock and roll album of all time. We featured “Moonage Daydream” in Guardians, but I always thought the album’s character was felt far beyond that, in the aesthetics, in the integral and seemingly-natural linking in popular culture of ’70’s rock and space opera. I’ve been trying to work another song from Ziggy into the sequel, which would make Bowie the only artist to have a song on both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. I thought this was fair and appropriate. Although I cut the scene it was used in from the script, we have the rights. Who knows. Maybe I can figure a way out.
It’s also fair that I come clean that the use of “Life on Mars” in Breaking the Waves was one of the linchpins for me and the use of music in Guardians: much of what I did was imitating that perfect blend of oddness and familiarity, of irony and aptness.
It really would have been a nice gesture to not only have Bowie make a cameo appearance, but also include one of his songs in the new soundtrack. Sadly, we won’t get the former. Still his influence on pop culture will continue to live on.
Here’s Gunn’s full response to Bowie’s passing:
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