Fanboys were thrown for a loop when it was announced that Bradley Cooper is Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. For months debate raged about who had the best baritone (or cockney accent) to bring Rocket to life in convincing fashion, with guys like Jason Statham having their names thrown around the Interwebs. When Cooper was announced, it was sudden wake-up call that Marvel is likely going in a different direction with the character.
Or are they?
The conversation that Collider had with Cooper was vague at best, as Cooper clearly had that signature Marvel Studios defense shield go up as soon as Rocket's name was mentioned. It's at least clear that Cooper and Gunn have talked about the infamous "Cockney Rocket" approach to things; at the risk of being presumptuous, it's probably been conversation regarding why the hell a space raccoon would ever have such a distinct earthly dialect and accent.
To be fair, though, even the image below depicts Rocket with what could be interpreted as a voice translator - an easy plot device to circumvent the issue of alien-to-alien linguistics and communication. It's easy to believe that Chris Pratt's character, Star-Lord, could have his own internal translator, and the reasoning why he would want a raccoon to sound like an Englishman holds some pretty potent comedic potential. The skittish squeaks of a furious raccoon suddenly transformed into a thick Cockney brogue? That already has me chuckling...
One thing people may not know: Bradley Cooper is as adept with voice acting as he is regular acting (and I don't mean that sarcastically, either). He is a noted impressionist, and can really bend his vocals to suit some pretty unorthodox styles and tones - so what he'll do to fully embody the lonely and tortured soul who is Rocket is anyone's guess at this point.
No doubt that Cooper's Raccoon voice will be a highlight - and then, heated topic of debate - whenever that Guardians of the Galaxy trailer eventually drops.
Guardians of the Galaxy will be in theaters on August 1, 2014.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.