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James Gunn And An Actor Discuss That Character's Death In Guardians Of The Galaxy

Written by Tim Midura on Monday, May 08 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

James Gunn And An Actor Discuss That Character's Death In Guardians Of The Galaxy

Should be a vague enough headline. Spoilers.

Source: Uproxx

Spoiler warning again.



In an interview with Uproxx, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn and Michael Rooker discussed saying goodbye to Yondu at the end of the film and killing off a major character in a Marvel film. 

"I didn't want that to be the ending, and I kind of refused to put that in as the ending for a long time," admits James Gunn, the film's writer and director. "It wasn't how the movie ended."

Gunn continues, "But, at the end of the day, I knew that's where it needed to go. I knew that we need to have real stakes in these movies. We need to lose characters. And not everyone who sees Marvel movies loves that."

For the movie to have the impact that Gunn wanted, stakes needed to be real and deaths need to have meaning.

Rooker begrudgingly accepted his character's death, until he realized he's the hero of the film.

"What are we going to do? You know?," asks Rooker, who clearly doesn't want to give up Yondu. "But it worked so well for this story in this movie. That's what really worked. And, yeah, what are you going to do? And it's for the good of the movie."

"The hero of the movie ends up being remembered," says Rooker. "And the hero of the movie ends up being, well – you're the hero of the movie! You know, they've done something! They've given up something that most of us would not even come close to having the balls to give up in real life, and in the movies as well."

Gunn and Rooker have worked on five movies together.

"Michael Rooker is, for all the shit I give him all the time, he's one of my closest friends in the world," says Gunn. "I can't imagine having to make a movie without him."

Now though, Gunn will have to pen the Guardians 3 script without Rooker in mind.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters now.


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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