Guardians of the Galaxy Interview: Chris Pratt Talks Marvel Contract and Co-Stars

Published 3 months ago by , Updated July 25th, 2014 at 12:11 am,

When it comes to the pre-release excitement for Guardians of the Galaxy, no one is more genuinely enthusiastic about the film and its potential than leading man Chris Pratt. Vin Diesel’s excitement comes in at a close second, but we’ll get to that in a later post. The enthusiasm is apparently warranted, given the very positive screening reactions, leading us to believe that Guardians might very well be Marvel’s next best thing.

We sat down with Pratt recently during the Guardians press day for a brief chat about how many Marvel movies we can expect to see him in, the identity of Peter Quill’s father, geeking out over meeting Diesel in person and how he’s going to deal with potential superstardom (Hint: It may or may not involve throwing tantrums over bottled water).

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First time you saw it, what did you think?

The first time I saw it I was blown away. I couldn’t believe it, I can’t believe it. I knew we were doing something really special when we were shooting in London but I had no idea.

Dave [Bautista] said that there’s enough material from bloopers and outtakes and deleted scenes and such to make another movie.

[Laughs] Probably true. Yeah, we were, I was given freedom to just go for it and do a lot of different things, we had a lot of fun. I think the first cut of this movie was like five hours long so they got it down to the perfect time of I think two hours and a minute and in that time there is so much movie happening, so much story being told, visually it’s just a masterpiece.

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How much do you know about Peter Quill’s dad?

I don’t know anything about Peter’s dad. I know a little bit of what I’ve heard, I know there are several incarnations of the character and I know some of what I’ve read from the comic books or know from the comic books but I’m not sure this incarnation what they’re going to do, I hope we get to find out more.

Can you hold yourself back from doing too much of the Marvel deep dive in learning everything there is to know about the characters?

Oh I’m totally okay not knowing, I find it’s better to service the screenplay, that’s just my process. Some people want to have control over everything, I put trust in the director i put trust in people I’m working for and when I show up all I ask is that they put trust in me.

So how many Marvel movies did you sign on for?

I don’t know exactly it’s either seven or eight thousand, it’s between seven and eight, I don’t know exactly, but I hope we get them all done.

Ah terrific. I think I could watch seven thousand, but not eight.

Thank you yeah, once you’ve get past 7,000 you’re like ‘I need to see something different,’ but until then you’re hungry for more.

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Chris Pratt at World Premiere

Are you excited to spend time with Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper in person, since you only worked with their voices?

Yeah I already have. I had the most surreal moment talking to Vin Diesel yesterday. He was calling me out, ‘Dude you’re so great in this movie’ and I was just like, ‘Oh my God, it’s Xander Cage. [He] thinks I’m awesome. My mind just blew up. I can’t talk, is my jaw open? Close your mouth, you’re talking to Vin Diesel.’ It was freakin’ awesome.

I hope you get to do a turn at Comic-Con, but maybe not?

I think we’ll be in the UK, but last year we were in the UK and they flew us to Comic-Con, so…

Fingers crossed then, you’re so humble you deserve a little bit of the hero worship. We’ll have to call you on that if it changes though.

Yeah yeah, you’ll have to. They’ll be reeling me in in no time. I’ll be like, ‘Get outta here! Is this Fiji water? Bullsh–!’

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More: Chris Pratt Set Interview

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Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014.

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  1. The dude is so well spoken and humble. He is very likeable.

  2. This interviewer is weird..lol Needs to speak up…

    • Yeah, I found her pretty weird as well. And what was with that thing she said after Chris completed each answer? I couldn’t even understand what she was saying.

      • yeah that was hella weird! she was mumbling “thats so awesome” like an embarrassed teen groupy trying to keep it together.

    • Just was thinking the same,strange woman ! A bit like a Psycho !

  3. I just came home from an advanced screening of Guardians of the Galaxy and it rocked! It’s hands down my new favourite Marvel movie, pushing The Avengers to the second place. The best things about Star Wars, Star Trek and Firefly rolled into one. Amazing. And the end there was applause. I gotta watch it at least once more when it officially opens!

    • I hope your not pulling our leg bro…

      I’m excited for this movie. The only thing that is off for me (in the previews I’ve seen) is Coopers voice acting as Rocket. It just seems, forced. Or maybe I can’t put my finger on it.

      Maybe its the way the preview is put together with just random cips of him talking.

      • The voice works so much better on screen, the scenes are cut too much on the trailer, once he is up there and talking you don’t want him to stop. It sounds a lot sharper and more animal.

        • I agree. I had concerns about Coopers voice, too, but it totally worked in the movie.

          • They get the Groot/Rocket connection so right, it’s all in the details. The expressions on Groots face as he goes from intense violence to calm serenity is priceless.

            • That moment got scene applause in my screening.

      • By the time act 2 starts you will get used to cooper’s voice.

    • Yesss! I was hoping it would be that good. Where do you think they’ll go with the sequel?

      • It’s hard to say. They really could go anywhere with the ending of the movie. Suffice it to say the movie ended with the words “The Guardians of the Galaxy Will Return”.

    • Did you see the credits scene(s)?

      • No, the after credit scene was omitted, but there was very funny credit scene

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        I tiny Groot sapling in his pot is dancing to the Jackson 5. Totally crazy but hilarious
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        • I bet money that they are in production now and will be on the shelves in weeks.

          • They’d be crazy if they weren’t. I think I’d buy one! :D

    • Just got back from a screening as well and I’ll back up everything TheLostWinchester said. Best Marvel movie to date, and one of my favourite movies ever. It has everything

    • I just got back from a preview screening in London as well, I can’t express in words how much joy I got fromm watching this film. It looked fantastic, the set design and production is part of what makes this film so great, it’s almost a character in itself. Totally on board with the Star Wars comparison but at the same time it is it’s own thing entirely. The humour is spot on and Rocket just steals every scene he is in. This is going to stand up to so many viewings as there is so much going on in every scene, it’s almost too much to take in, the Collector’s scene alone deserves a frame by frame breakdown on blu-ray. For me the introduction of Star Lord at the start prior to the scenes we saw in the trailer was one of my favourite, it sets up the tone for the entire film.

      • Yup. When Quill…

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        grabs that little creature and uses it as a lipsynching mic while dancing to his prize, listingen on the Walkman, I was sold. :D

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        • Such a great introduction, I just pre-ordered the soundtrack. I like the way that they used the scale of some of the shots as well by having huge, expansive wide angles with a solitary human figure in the middle or small space ships. It looked incredible.

          • Yup, the look of the movie was fantastic all around. No comparison to the TV look of the Thor 2 after credit scene.

            • In my opinion this craps all over Thor 2, it doesn’t even compare. There are no third act problems with this either, Marvel have managed to step out of their ‘formula’ and make something unique. In fact it doesn’t really feel like a superhero film at all, it’s a sci-fi adventure, with a bit of the old west added in, maybe a bit b-movie too. I have massive hopes for this post credits sting now, my mind is racing, I hope it’s not a let down.

      • Don’t spoil it but Im hoping Nebula got good screen time and they bring Karen Gillen back! Please tell me her character survives!
        She looks so badass.

        • There wasn’t as much of Nebula as I had hoped (love Karen Gillan) but she definitely has a few awesome scenes.

          As for her surviving or not:

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          She did, minus a hand.

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          • Damn I shouldn’t have read the spoilers! I love Karen Gillan too. Marvel better keep her around for a while.
            Man I can’t wait for this!

            • Sorry. Perhaps Screenrant should open an early GotG Spoiler Discussion, considering that there were over 4.000 preview guests in Germany alone today. ;)

              • I know man, far too much to talk about. I quite liked Ronan too, didn’t know him from the comics. As i said, too much to talk about…

                • Yeah, Ronan and Nebula gave me the biggest Star Wars vibe. They could have been characters from one of the Knights of the Old Republic games. Only the lightsabers were missing. :D

  4. No credits scene on my viewing, they had the decency to tell us all at the start though rather than at the end…..

  5. This guy looks and sounds like an amazing guy who you really want to be best buddies with…. *sigh*

  6. Not long back from the Nottingham screening – my thoughts:

    Quite simply the funniest film I’ve seen at the cinema in years – genuinely laugh out loud funny thanks to a number of incredible comedic performaces.

    Voicing a raccoon and a tree respectively, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel are show stoppers by themselves, but aided by the brilliant deadpan delivery of Dave Bautista as Drax it’s a great group performance. Chris Pratt’s biggest role to date certainly isn’t one that passes him by – the glue that keeps the Guardians together delivers just as many laughs.

    Karen Gillan and Zoe Soldana are both fantastic as the dualling daughters of Thanos (Josh Brolin) who’s fleeting glimpse is an intimidating one, but it’s the performance of Lee Pace as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best villain yet – Ronan The Accuser – who heads things up on the bad side of things.

    Guardians excels in it’s own right as a standalone entry, irrespective of all that has come before it. Director James Gunn has crafted a spectacular entry in the MCU where negatives are a real struggle to find. Certainly there are none that even come close to derailing things though.

    As ensemble movies go, Avengers Assemble set a pretty high benchmark, one that Diesel’s Groot even pays a great homage too. But Guardians Of The Galaxy clears it by quite some distance.

    Shell out the little extra for the 3D experience too, view this film in every inch how it was intended!

  7. For the people who saw the film already, how was Zoe Saldana’s performance?

    • Saldana was good, so was Batista. Both of those characters had their moments and their personalities worked in the group it’s just that they aren’t the ones you leave the cinema talking about. I suppose it depends on if you have a particular fondness for them going in.

  8. i am jealous much if anyone asks!

  9. With his style of humour it makes sense he is married to Anna Faris.