Chris Pratt Talks About Most People Not Knowing Who The Guardians of the Galaxy Are
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.16.2014
It's why a certain scene made the film...
In an interview on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy (originally from September), Superhero Hype spoke with Chris Pratt about the various aspects of shooting a comic that's largely unknown to mainstream audiences. Here are highlights:
On the scene in which Korath doesn't know who Star Lord is: "That was actually, that idea was a collaboration I think. I don't think in the original script, I remember reading it and my thought was 'Why is he just saying I am Star-Lord,' and I talked to James (Gunn) and I was like maybe it should be this moment where it was like 'Who? Who is that?' I feel like that was something we collaborated on it. What's great is the stakes of what happens in the movie, legitimizes this nickname he'd love to have himself be called. I don't want to give away too much, but you see why he's called Star-Lord in this movie."
On making the character his own since most people don't know him: "I don't necessarily know if that effects me one way or another. I think it makes sense that…man, that's a good question. I think it probably is helpful that people don't know who he is, because it would be my intention to want to make this my own anyway. I feel like that's something Robert Downey Jr. did with Iron Man, he kind of came in and he IS Tony Stark, and he kind of is now because he could probably afford weapons systems. The guy could probably build his own suit now with all the money he's making. To be honest, I don't know Robert Downey Jr., but I'm just assuming. That may not be how he is at all, but to me it seems like Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark. He was a guy that, people obviously knew Iron Man, maybe not as much as Captain America and other characters, but that was something that I would like to be able to try and do. Keep it real and keep it close to who I am and maybe the fact that no one knows these characters, that will be helpful. It probably will be helpful because if you look at the Star Wars prequels that came out, there's a lot of expectation there, and to shoulder a project with preconceived notions, expectations and all these things, it makes it difficult. It makes it difficult if you're trying to satisfy what people think they know about a character. The very first Star Wars didn't have that problem because it was all brand new, you just take it for what it is. So what I'm saying is we'll be better than Star Wars."
On interacting with CGI characters: "It turns out it's kind of the same as it not being CGI. You're still kind of just standing there, looking at something and pretending and saying the words, you know? It hasn't been that hard. I think it would be a lot harder if we didn't have Sean Gunn (director James Gunn's brother) playing Rocket. Groot doesn't have that much dialogue in the movie, I don't know if that's supposed to be a spoiler or not. Everyone knows that he says 'I Am Groot,' and that's it? So much of what actors do is just listening and responding and so when you're working with a great actor, even when they're off camera it's very easy, just to listen to what they're saying, respond, understand that they're listening to you, there's this connection there that just happens when you're talking to people. That's been really great with Sean, like I said a lot of the stuff that happens with Rocket, there are moments of real drama and real emotion, and he has committed so hard to it so when he's off camera I'm responding to someone that I feel really bad for rather than like a tennis ball."