‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Stars Say Rocket Raccoon is Tortured, Lonely & Brash

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As the name might suggest, Marvel’s upcoming summer 2014 release Guardians of the Galaxy will be a team-up movie with an ensemble cast that includes Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) as interplanetary policeman Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as warrior Drax the Destroyer, Zoe Saldana (Avatar) as the green-skinned assassin Gamora and Vin Diesel (Fast &  Furious 6) providing the voice and motion capture for the walking, talking tree-creature Groot.

The real star of the teaser for Guardians of The Galaxy that screened at Comic-Con this year however, was Rocket Raccoon. The furry pint-sized fighter, set to be voiced by Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), won over fans thanks to a brief shot of him standing on Groot’s shoulders, firing a gun and roaring in defiance, because a raccoon and an anthropomorphic tree fighting side-by-side just isn’t something that you see every day.

The protagonist of the film, Chris Pratt, sounded very enthusiastic about working alongside his tiniest teammate in Guardians of the Galaxy when asked about the character by Access Hollywood. Director James Gunn has previously described Rocket Raccoon as being the “heart” of the movie, and Pratt echoed this particular sentiment.

“I could not be more excited that Bradley Cooper is voicing Rocket Raccoon, it’s a great character. It’s probably the best character in the movie, just because it’s not what you would expect.

“[Rocket Raccoon has been] tortured his whole life and no one else likes him, so he’s lonely and he’s angry and it’s like, [there are] all these elements [to the character].”

Pratt also indicated that the depth of the character is enough to keep audiences from getting caught up on the fact that he’s a talking animal, adding, “You think it’s a cartoon character, but it’s not, it’s a very real creature.” Presumably he’s talking about the way that Rocket Raccoon has been characterized and not speaking in a literal sense, though Gunn was pictured holding a live raccoon in the early stages of Guardians of the Galaxy productions. That was to design a more realistic animated character.

Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy teaser footage Guardians of the Galaxy Stars Say Rocket Raccoon is Tortured, Lonely & Brash

Rocket Raccoon in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ teaser footage

Actor Michael Rooker expressed a somewhat less favorable view on the critter in an interview with SciFiNow, although perhaps that’s to be expected since Rooker is playing a game hunter named Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy. Referring to his role as resourceful redneck Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead, Rooker admitted that he’d be more likely to skin Rocket Raccoon than make friends with him:

“Rocket and I don’t get along, he’s a bit abrupt and brash for my taste. I probably have a little Merle in me still, because I would roast him over an open flame and eat him for supper!”

In the comic books, Rocket Raccoon was granted the ability to think and walk on two legs through genetic experimentation, so that he could act as a ward to a race of mentally ill people dubbed the Loonies (apparently political correctness doesn’t reach that far out into space). By the sounds of it he’s been written as quite a straight-talking and abrasive character in Guardians of the Galaxy, which could make for some fun banter between him and the various other characters.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have already interacted with the Avengers in an episode of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, where they were greeted by Hawkeye saying, “There’s a tree and a raccoon scowling at us, man, are we firing?” We may well see a big screen version of this collision of worlds if the Marvel cinematic universe franchises continue to cross paths with one another, but for now the introduction of the Guardians is definitely looking like it could be a lot of fun.


Guardians of the Galaxy is out in theaters on August 1st, 2014.

Sources: Access HollywoodSciFiNow

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  1. I can’t wait for this! Really think that this movie will be a surprise hit.

    • I’m with you on this one brother. I knew nothing about GofG until after the movie was announced, then around the same time Marvel NOW got on full gear, and started buying the comics from number one, and it’s freakin’ awesome! I’m really looking forward to this movie.

      • You should really check out the 2008 series. It was a great story.

    • I know it won’t make more money than the avengers, but I have a feeling it will be an overall better movie than the avengers.

    • Totally!! This movie will blow people away and make the people who think a talking tree and gun heavy raccoon are ridiculous look stupid.
      GOD I CAN’T WAIT!!!

    • I 100% agree with this, it has the POTENITAL to become the second Avengers if they market the crap out of it like they did with Avengers

  2. Great report! I’m really looking forward to more news about Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon. Can’t wait to hear what he has to say about the role.

    In more excitement, can’t wait for this movie! This week’s comic book issue of Guardians was amazing!! Stark described Quill’s sense of humor as being like “4 Spider-mans” LOL

    • I want to see a trailer! Heck, I want to see the movie!! Is it August 2014 yet??

      • Have you seen he teaser? It’s floating around on YouTube.

        • the*

        • Thanks. That’s the first one where I’ve actually been able to see what the hell was going on.

  3. I’m surprised at how excited about this I am, given the fact that I’d never heard of guardians until Kevin Feige announced that they were looking into making the flm. Now it’s my most anticipated movie of 2014

  4. im geeked for this movie. It looks like its going to be bad ass while funny at the same time

  5. I liked that episode when GOTG met the Avengers in The Avengers:EMH.

    • You should check their guest appearance in Ultimate Spider-man too then…
      I’m not following that series, but their screentime was worth watching (especially because it has the same rooster as the movie team).

      • Your missing out on the new spider man cartoons. Its way better then I thought they would be. action + funny = good spider man cartoon

  6. For those wondering if Bradley Cooper could sound ‘british’ as Rocket, he did a very amazing British dialogue in one of the scene of The A-Team. Now I don’t mind if he’s not doing that, but if he does, rest assured it won’t be disappointing ;)

  7. Im sorry but this movie will be a major turdfest. I dont see how anyone would want to see a raccon or a tree fight.

    Garbage of the Galazy will be Marvels 1st Movie flop. Agents of Bullshield being their most recent one. And I’m not going to even bring up Antman This movie will be crap but i think it will be way better than Antman. And the Nova corps are a straight ripoff of the Green Lantern Corps. I cant wait for this turdburger to flop.

    • I would quite like to see a raccon fight.

      • Dont get your expectations up for a good show.

      • What did you think you saw in Green Lantern if you saw that film? DC comics has odd looking characters as Marvel does.

        • Touche Castle Touche

    • People, there’s a troll in the house.

      • While I won’t be nearly as brash as Superlad,I have to agree with him.

        I have very little interest in this or Antman.

        I just watched a bootleg teaser on Youtube,and it just looks like another Marvel comedy.

        I really hope Thor is good,because Marvel is 0 for 1 in “Phase Two”.

        • Fair enough. I don’t mind comedy so long as there is serious moments as well. Iron Man 3 just had way to many comedic moments, but it wasn’t horrible, just all right.

        • Completely disagree here. Phase 2 has been 1 for 1 in my view and it seems the people not giving Guardians a chance must have no sense of humour whatsoever and are probably bitter and sad.

          • that’s very true dazz. Its funny how in real life there is comedy in weird moments but if they do that in the comic books its so bad??!!??. iron man 3 was a good movie it just wasn’t the movie ppl thought would come out after avengers. it was more a tony starks movie but I liked it. I guess for these dc fan boy tards unless its the greatest movie ever they will hate it and if its the greatest movie ever they will still just say its ok because they are just gay for dc

            • Marvel explicitly stated (multiple times) leading up to the movie that IM3 was not an avengers movie; it was a tale of Tony Stark and that’s it. If people expected otherwise, they weren’t paying attention.

              And the Mandarin twist was great. Anyone who doesn’t think so lacks a sense of humour and touch with reality. The real Mandarin would be way too racist to fly in modern culture. The backlash would have been astounding.

              • Just because Marvel stated it, doesn’t mean it was good. IMO the Mandarin thing was awful, unfunny and I could see it coming a mile off. That doesn’t mean I lack the humour to get it. I have no idea what reality has to do with it.

        • You may not know who Ant-Man is but do you not know who Edgar Wright is? Guy is a genius and Im pretty sure Ant-Man might be Marvels best film next to Iron Man and Avengers. And I dont understand how you think Guardians looks like such a comedy from the trailer, theres only one joke at the end and then amazing looking action throughout. And Rocket and Groot look amazing. Also, the cast is absolutley amazing for Gurdians, like its actually one of the best cast of 2014 as a whole. How are you not excited for it, I jjst dont undersrand.

          I do agree with one thing, Marvel is 0 for 1 in my books so far for Phase 2. Iron Man 3 was a huge dissapointment.

    • wow

      • I guess you have been living in a cave and havent seen Man of Steel. I guess some people cant handle the truth

    • sounds like some one got turned down by stan lee for an autograph . Your argument is fanboy-retardedness . GotG is going to be bad ass. You would have to be the most flaming dc fan boy to think the way you do. And about nova being a rip off of green lantern, did you see the green lantern movie? any thing would be an improvement over that. you could have a contest to direct the gotg movie on this site and that movie would blow away the green lantern. Plus half the sups in comics are rip offs. dc does it and marvel does it. Go cry to your mommie

      • When you come back to reality August 2 2014 I will be there with a big a told you it was gonna be a turdfest so dont worry

  8. “Tortures, lonely, and brash”…hey, I could play Rocket Raccoon!

  9. Ricky raccon is a homo

    • Actually, genus Procyon, not Homo.

  10. I didnt know nothing about Gotg until Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 was announced and there he was.. Rocket Racoon.
    The movie looks so promising.

    Hey and about Reilly…What´s his role again?

    • I think hes the captain of the nova corps or something.

    • @Hyoga1001, I’m curious to know where you found out about John C. Reilly being in the movie, without reading about Rhomann Dey lol

      Any who, Dey is a Nova Prime. A leader of the Nova Corps. However that’s in the Comics. In the MCU, Glenn Close is currently the Nova Prime. So maybe we will see her pass on the torch to him more toward the end or something.

      All in all, Dey eventually passes on his power to Richard Rider. Therefore we might get a Nova movie for Phase 3.

  11. Michael Rooker’s comment cracked me up. I’m glad they’re making the characters more three dimensional. I love Rocket. He’s sort of the Wolverine of the group. Well, he’s a raccoon but you all know what I mean.

  12. Wow, what a coincidence. That’s totally what your dad did to have you :)

    • what a dumb asse you are to respond to a troll. clearly you fucc goats.

  13. Lonely is an understatement, he was enhanced through science, alone in his superracoon intelligence. Is he even attracted to normal racoons anymore? Poor little guy… that’s it, pick up the guns… shooting them takes the pain away. Awwwww.

    This movie reminds me of an old PC game called Callahans, a space diner with galactic mysteries galore. Like the creature cantina meets the hardy boys.

  14. Marvel is 0 for 1 for now. Probably 0 for 2 after Thor. I just have never been a fan of his.

    But GOTG seems like it has potential to be a really good movie. I will be seeing this one when it comes out.

    I am also an Edgar Wright fan… but Antman??? I will wait for some footage before a make a guess on how this will turn out.

  15. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this film, and like 90% of that is for Rocket.

    Every scrap I’ve seen, from the first concept art they released days after the Avengers broke, to the casting choice (I still wish it was Charlie Day though), to the set photos, and just EVERYTHING has been spot on with my expectations.

  16. Is he mentally tortured, or physically tortured? Or is it both?