What James Gunn Told Us on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Set

We've heard thought the grape-vine that we might get to see a Tango and Cash reunion in this movie...

James Gunn: Uh uh...

Kevin told us that...

James Gunn: [Laughs] There's so many things that you guys have heard.

What's it like going from being a fan of Kurt Russell to directing him?

James Gunn: It's pretty crazy. It's pretty crazy. Especially, Escape From New York, to me is like one of those bible movies as a kid. It's like one of the core experience films. So working with Snake Plisskin has been quite an experience. But he's great. I've worked with a few actors who I've admired a lot. Benicio [del Toro] was like that. Glenn Close was like that. Kevin Bacon was like that. Those are people who I really admired as actors, and it wasn't like coming into work with somebody who was more of a contemporary. It was somebody who was famous and successful long before I was. Not so Benicio, but he was pretty young when he became successful.

And working with Kurt, he's been the most down to Earth. And maybe it's also because I'm more confident than I used to be, but I think he's been down to Earth. And he's funny as shit, and we laugh hard. And he's filthy.

[Laughs] Is Wesley [Von Spears] going to be back in this movie?

James Gunn: He might. He might, we'll have to see. My dog, he loves to appear in movies.

I mean, he and Baby Groot would...

James Gunn: [Laughs] I don't think he could handle the CGI. Working besides the CGI character.

Glenn Close as Nova Corps in Guardians of the Galaxy

You mentioned Glenn Close, they said before it's not 100 percent sure that she'll be back, but they were talking to-

James Gunn: Who said that?

I don't want to blame everything on Kevin [Feige], but it was sort of a, we don't really know if she's-

James Gunn: Yeah, we're going to shoot with Glenn Close.

Can you add any context to the scene we watched before. Them going on to the ship, Kurt Russell's ship.

James Gunn: Yeah, that's it. They're taking a trip on Kurt Russell's spaceship. His freaky, creepy, sixties pop-art spaceship. At the beginning.

But Quill looks unsure, something-

James Gunn: Quill does?


James Gunn: Yeah, I think they're all a little unsure.

Are they first meeting each other?

James Gunn: It's not too long after they meet each other. It's not too long.

In the first treatment you mentioned there's a character that got cut, wasn't really necessary, was that another Guardian eventually be in the future?

James Gunn: Yeah. Yeah for sure, I love the character actually. I loved everything about the character, I just didn't have room for him.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 BTS Set Photo - Milano Chris Pratt James Gunn
L to R: Executive Producer Jonathan Schwartz, Director James Gunn and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) on set.

Was it a classic Guardian?

James Gunn: I don't know what you think is a classic Guardian. You mean Yondu, Starhawk classic Guardians? No.

So, you can't tell us a lot, but seeing what his ship looks like and the weird loungey design he's got going on, what can you tell us about the character formerly known as J-Son?

James Gunn: Umm

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Really by the time we write this the trailer's going to be out and it's... We signed non-disclosures.

James Gunn: I know. I know. I know. I know, I know you guys.

Like his characteristics. Like what kind of guy is he?

James Gunn: He's a lot like Kurt Russell.


James Gunn: And he really is a lot like Kurt Russell. So, he's a very interesting guy. And I think he's a very thoughtful guy. And I think he's a very gregarious guy. And I think we get to see Kurt Russell in his full glory expressing himself.

Is there any name value attached to that role that is part of why you're nervous about revealing who he is? You mentioned that there wasn't so much that with Mantis, because there's different depictions. So I'm curious with this person.

James Gunn: Listen... Oh, you guys...

We care.

James Gunn: [Laughs] You care. You do care that's nice, that's nice. So, that's good.

That's not what's at the front of my mind. Really, at the front of my mind is just creating all of them as the fullest on-screen personalities as I possibly can. And being as honest and as true as I honestly can. And having it being something relevant to our own emotions and our own world today.

Key Release Dates
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
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