Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Michael Rooker is caught snoozing in a new blooper video posted by writer/director James Gunn. While he played more of a supporting role in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, Rooker no doubt became of the heart and soul of this summer’s superhero sequel as he joined the Guardians and stepped up and made the ultimate gesture of nobility when the group needed him most.
Of course, that also meant that Yondu had to make the ultimate sacrifice, which lead to a scene where the character had to be memorialized by Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voice of Vin Diesel). That required Rooker to lay motionless for an extended period of time, which sometimes can be more exhausting for an actor, concentration-wise, that any moments of physical exertion.
In a new blooper video shared by Gunn on his Facebook page, Rooker is caught snoozing during his memorial scene. The amazing thing is, instead of cracking up or interrupting the scene when unlikely things happen during a take, Pratt just continues on with his lines as if nothing ever happened. See the video in Gunn’s post below:
As to why the cast didn’t razz Rooker for sleeping, it could just be that Pratt and his cast mates, who eventually joined the shot, simply weren’t in the mood to laugh. After all, the loss of Yondu and his subsequent memorial were arguably the most emotional scenes in the film, and fun and games at that point simply would have sullied the atmosphere.
Fans, of course, have plenty of other opportunities to laugh along with bloopers from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which are included on the film’s new 4K, Blu-ray and DVD releases. And yes, among those bloopers are moments with Yondu, who in an alternate take from his laugh-out-loud funny Mary Poppins scene, hollers instead, “I’m Mary Poppins, f—ers!”
While Rooker was caught sleeping on the job, there’s no way Gunn and company are going to hold it against him. In fact, because of the wide range of emotion his longtime friend and collaborator brought to the film, Gunn is even on board with an effort to push Rooker for an Oscar nomination this coming awards season. The performance no doubt merits attention even if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences rarely honors superhero and fantasy films.
Source: James Gunn
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