Given all of the success the Guardians of the Galaxy movies have enjoyed since they made their big-screen debut, it can be easy to forget how outlandish those films truly are. After all, most casual Marvel fans had no idea the group even existed. On top of that, the series stars a weapon-wielding intelligent Raccoon and a tree creature with a very limited vocabulary.
Perfectly in keeping with the outlandish nature of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, many of the people who worked on the films have unique personalities. As a result, it isn’t all that surprising that some interesting things happened during their productions. With that in mind, it is time to take a look at this list of 15 things that really happened on the set of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
15 On Set Score
Typically, the way a film gets its score is once the filming process is complete, its composer is given partially edited footage to craft their music too. On the other hand, James Gunn and composer Tyler Bates produced music for the Guardians movies months in advance so it could be played on-set to get the actors in the right mindset.
14 A Lot of Work
In the minds of many moviegoers, recording vocals for a movie or TV show seems like an exceedingly easy job. In reality, however, Vin Diesel is said to have recorded the line “I am Groot” more than a thousand times for the first movie alone. On top of that, he is a method actor so he recorded some of his dialogue while standing on stilts which is just plain funny.
13 Making History
In this day and age, moviegoers are more concerned with picture quality than ever before. As a result, it often seems like the biggest directors want to make sure they are using the most advanced technology that is available to them at the time. A perfect example of that, when James Gunn shot Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 it was the first time a major movie was partially shot in 8k.
12 Special Effects Stand-In
While Bradley Cooper deserves the lion’s share of the credit for how enjoyable Rocket Raccoon is, another performer deserves some accolades too. After all, in order to make sure the other Guardians reacted to Rocket properly, Sean Gunn, the brother of director James, served as the on-set stand-in for our favorite raccoon while filming the first movie.
11 Incognito Cameo
Up until very recently the popular actor Nathan Fillion made an appearance in every single James Gunn movie including the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. However, many people have no idea he was a part of that film as he simply lent his voice to Kyln, the big blue alien that looks severely pained when Groot sticks twigs up his nose.
10 Baby Groot Inspiration
During one of the most memorable scenes from either of the Guardians movies, near the end of the first film, Baby Groot can be seen dancing whenever Drax looks away. In order to make sure the moment looked the way he wanted to, director James Gunn recorded his own dance moves for the effects teams to base Baby Groot’s movements on.
9 Easy Going
Due to the fact that Drax’s look was accomplished practically, Dave Bautista had to stand for five hours to have his full body makeup applied and another hour and a half to have it removed. Despite that, according to Bautista’s co-star Chris Pratt, the former wrestler didn’t complain about the process even once.
8 Live Animal On Set
As fans of the Guardians movies clearly already know, the people who worked on the film needed to make Rocket Raccoon seem real. What they likely don’t realize, however, is that director James Gunn had a live raccoon named Oreo brought onto the set during the filming of the first movie. Evidently, a fan of the animal, Gunn then brought Oreo with him to the film’s red carpet premiere in Los Angeles.
7 Last-Minute Change
Clearly, a pair of dedicated actors, in order to make their brief fight scene the best it could be, Dave Bautista and Chris Pratt rehearsed the choreography for two and a half months. Unfortunately, director James Gunn tossed out the originally planned moves just days ahead of time so the fight could be shot in only one take. This meant Pratt and Bautista had mere hours to learn the new choreography.
6 Cancelled Cameo
In an attempt to keep his streak of appearing in every James Gunn movie alive, Nathan Fillion was set to embody a character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Sadly, it seems that wasn’t to be as Fillion’s cameo was cut out of the film. Worse yet, it would have been a big deal for the actor and Marvel fans as he was meant to embody Wonder Man, a character who is a notable Avenger in the comics.
5 One of the Actors Is Allowed to Let Loose
Arguably one of the funniest movie stars in the world today, almost everyone agrees that Chris Pratt’s comedic instincts are on point. For that reason, he has the freedom to regularly improvise on the set of the Guardians movies. In fact, he even came up with the moment in which he flipped off his jailers in an amusing way that appeared in the trailer for the first Guardians movie.
4 Huge Actor Cut
While the MCU movies stand out for a lot of reasons, one of the most notable aspects of the films is the fact that so many legendary actors have appeared in them. For instance, Glenn Close had a role in Guardians of the Galaxy and she was supposed to be in the second film too but all of the scenes she shot for the movie wound up being cut.
3 More Real Than You Thought
Even though de-aging actors for films is becoming common, it is still impressive to see how convincing the effect that made Kurt Russell look young during Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was. As it turns out, that sequence deserves more credit as Russell looks so young mostly due to makeup and CGI was only used to touch up the footage.
2 Famous Ad-Lib
Aside from the oft-heard “I Am Groot”, it could easily be argued that the single most famous line from either Guardians of the Galaxy films is Yondu’s “I’m Mary Poppins Y’all!” Amazingly enough, that line was an ad-lib as director James Gunn has revealed that he threw many different things for actor Michael Rooker to say at him when they shot that moment.
1 Scene From Other Films
Over the years, most moviegoers grew to love seeing Stan Lee on the big screen and he clearly enjoyed the attention. Unfortunately, as he grew older, it became more of a problem for him to travel. As a result, Marvel had James Gunn film Lee’s cameos for the movies Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok on the set of the second Guardians movie.