What Zoe Saldana Told Us On Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Set

How does Zoe feel about Kurt [Russell]?

Zoe Saldana: Well, Tango, was he Tango? Tango and Cash, come on people, I'm an '80s kid. I love all my cheesy '80 movies.

He's Jack Burton to us.

Zoe Saldana: From?

Big Trouble in Little China.

Zoe Saldana: Okay. But I do love Big Trouble in Little China. I am a fan of his. To get to work with a veteran of that scale and I'm really humbled. And he's fantastic. An incredible human being. And I've been also a great fan because he's always been someone we've always talked about, my family on about being a good Father. A really good man to his family. So I get to work with a decent human being. I'm really happy about that. When you get old, you know, your time starts to mean everything to you. So how you spend it and who you spend it with is very important. And if I'm gonna spend 16 hours of my day at work, I better be fucking spending it with great people. And Kurt Russell is a great person I have to say.

One of the things that Chris [Pratt] was saying was that when they first wrote these characters, they didn't have actors in mind. And this time coming back they had some of your voices and were able to help use that to develop the characters some more. So do you see that in what they brought to Gamora this time? And are they playing off of you more?

Zoe Saldana: Yeah. There's a lot more freedom that James is giving himself in letting us kind of improvise. And kind of test how well we know our characters and how well he wants to push us as our characters. And we've been having a lot of fun. So obviously Gamora's not known to have a sense of humor. So that has been a challenge for us. But we've been enjoying experimenting with her and seeing what he's gonna be able to keep in the editing room. It's always a treat.

They said at the beginning that they're almost arrogant. Like they're conceited 'cause of their success.

Zoe Saldana: They're super yes, and they're so annoyed with each other. And oh man, I love them to pieces, these characters but if I had to like be roommates with them, I don't know what I would do. Like in a group that stuck with like Peter, Drax for the love of God and Rocket.

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What about Groot, Baby Groot?

Zoe Saldana: Oh thank God there's Groot.

They feel like a team that really cares about each other.

Zoe Saldana: Yes, through the way they put each other down. Which I think it's great. I think it's a really interesting twist because what James established is a perfect friendship because our flaws is what makes us love each other more. Or at least accept each other more.

Your makeup, it looks like Gamora has run afoul of somebody. It looks like there's some bruises here and here. Can you talk about who maybe has laid some blows?

Zoe Saldana: You guys are awesome.

Come on.

Zoe Saldana: You guys are gonna feel like tonight like leaving going thanks for nothing. Marvel, stick it Marvel, man. What the fuck? Well this is what happens when the Guardians go on vacation. You know, we decide to go on a retreat for a weekend and it ends up being much more interesting than what we were imagining. We're going, we went to a great place. Loved it. We may even go back there. If it's still there. So…

Can I translate this to is this the opening scene when you go to--?

Zoe Saldana: Not at all, you're not even close. You're not even close. But you can say that.


Zoe Saldana: Just all I'm gonna say is… He's like I'm right here, Zoe. Damn it. It's really good. We go about the vacation for the weekend, technically I'm right about that. I think our host ends up being like an, you know, so that's all I'm gonna say.

In the first movie, Gamora was sort of, as the team was coming together, Gamora brought the sense of 'let's do the right thing.'

Zoe Saldana: Still am.

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Zoe Saldana (Gamora) on set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

With new characters coming in in this one, does she still play that role?

Zoe Saldana: Yeah. But we know where that line is of her turning into like a Mom a lot, you know. And her just being just a meticulous, detailed, professional individual. But now it's like okay, if we're gonna be sort of like bounty hunters or whatever it is that we're gonna do in the universe, let's just establish some rules and let's stick by it. Like what's your title? What's your title? She's definitely like really OCD about that. Hasn't changed. I think it's gotten worse. She should probably go talk to somebody. But she's… she is their moral compass. Still is.

Speaking of roles and rules, what are the roles between Peter and Gamora this time. There was a 'will they, won't they?' vibe in the first film. Where does it go here in Volume 2?

Zoe Saldana: They're becoming a really good team. In the way that like oil and vinegar are. Where it's good together, it tastes good together. But they tend to still stick to their own things. And I think Peter may have gotten a little more annoying. And Gamora's just a little too rigid sometimes. So through the dynamics that are happening around her, she learns to relax. By the way, you guys, let's talk about our director.

Here, writer and director James Gunn comes walking by.

James Gunn: She just spoiled the end of the movie though. So…

Zoe Saldana: I didn't say anything. I said it's like a Weekend at Bernie's.

James Gunn: Yeah.

Zoe Saldana: Anyway, our director's like a genius. He is.

How's Volume 2's soundtrack?

Zoe Saldana: Aw…

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