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).
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.
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.
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--!'
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.