Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn Dishes on Being Ravagers and Guardians
When we visited the set of Guardians of the Galaxy, Michael Rooker was very tight lipped. He did, however, give us lots of great information about blue people, his fin, and the ravagers. After the screening, I was excited about sitting down with the actor along with Sean Gunn to hear how they felt about the movie.
The pair walked in the room and Rooker started off by saying how the room was fancier than our last meeting. He’d remembered some of us from the secret set visit. “Look, we actually have a table this time around. Last time we did this, we were like, squatting on a bucket,” added Rooker. He seemed excited to start the interview and then went on to ask about the Funko POP figures on the table. If you haven’t seen the film yet please check out one of my interviews from the set visit or my interviews with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and the interview with Karen, Pom & Elizabeth, since they are all spoiler-free. Continue reading at your own risk.
We jumped right in with the first question in regard to one of the scenes at the end of the film where Kraglin is learning to control the fin and the whistle. We wanted to know if it was a clue into Volume 3.
Sean G : I don’t know anything other than where I’m supposed to stand and what I’m supposed to say.
Michael R : Good answer, dude. You’re good at this shit.
SG : So, I mean, honestly I’d like to think there’s more in store for that character, but I don’t know anything. I mean, really, so I don’t know if anyone knows anything, actually.
Of course, we couldn’t address the elephant in the room. We had to know how it felt for Rooker when he read the script and learned about his character’s death.
You know what? I’m used to dying. I’ve died several times. Many times in different movies and different TV shows and it doesn’t hurt at all. It’s okay. I’ll be back somewhere.
We hoped that he was sharing some scoop with us about his character returning but when we asked him to tell us more he simply responded saying in other movies. Who know what will happen but I will say that Volume 2 really helped us learn more about Yondu, so it was a gut punch when he died.
We asked Rooker to share about the makeup process and how long it takes for me to be transformed into Yondu. He opened up about that process and shared how he got through the process.
MR: Yeah, the makeup process is awesome. We have a makeup artist in this room that was part of the my makeup crew. And she was here, but she’s gone now, but awesome. Awesome makeup process. It took about, maybe a three hour process to put on and four or five, six layers of different shades of blue and gold and silver and yellow, flax and all kinds of stuff.
And I’m like, what color is this? It’s gold, sometimes they just flick it on with a brush. They put it on the brush and they just go and they just flick it and it’s like little, little spackling all over your face, but tiny little dots that helps to bring out the depth of the, of the paint so it looks like, it just looks like real skin and I mean, it feels like real skin, too.
We asked the men what it was like working with the ravager teeth. They both had them as a part of their wardrobe, so was interesting to hear how they adjusted to talking with them.
MR : We both could answer that stuff. We both had some grills, baby. Do we not? You had more of a problem with it than I did.
SG : Yeah, the teeth, can be tricky. I tried to get the teeth made a good several months before we started so that I could just put them in and work with the talking. I think talking through the teeth was like in the first movie, it was one of the most difficult things I had to do.
MR : It was. But I didn’t have a problem with it because everybody’s different. Sean can speak English. I cannot. Sean’s he uses consonants. I do not almost never and my quality is more throatal and glottal. His is not. I mean, he can do that, of course. We are trained actors.
You know, this is just my quality in that’s how I do it, so thereby, the teeth are up in the front, so I form my words and my consonants and sounds more back, so it didn’t’ bother me at all with the speaking. What it did do, was it’s very difficult for the whistle. A whistle’s all in the front right where the stupid teeth are. After using them I told them, we got to fix these because I got to whistle.
And so they did, and they did pretty good and I had to relearn a little bit of where I focus. Where I focus the sound for the whistling and stuff.
We asked them to share who was their favorite character besides their own. Rooker immediately turned to Gunn and says “you can say me if you want!”
SG : I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t. I don’t know. I like ‘em all in different ways. I love Drax. I just loved sort of the journey that I’ve seen Dave take from his audition for the first movie through this, like, I think, magnificent performance he gives in this movie. I guess if I had to choose, I’d say Dave, but I, I love all the characters in the movie.
MR : I’m going to go with Rocket and Baby Groot are my favorite, you know. But that being said [Rocket is my friend right here and we worked together day and night doing this. He does all the, all the vocals and all the voice stuff for Rocket on set.
And I mean, several times. When we’re doing a scene, it takes like, four or five times. Four or five good ones to layer all that, all that stuff and you can probably talk a little bit more about that layering stuff.
SG :Yeah. Yeah, yeah. We have to do several takes for anything that Rocket is a part of. We do a reference take. We’re in there and we make sure we get one or two good ones of those and then we have to do one with a light. When I’m doing the lines from just behind the camera. Got to do one that’s totally empty. Yeah, all that. All that kind of stuff it’s a whole process.
We asked Sean Gunn to talk about what it was like working with his brother and how he feels about his character going from behind the scenes to more in front of the camera.
SG : Yeah, well to the first point about working with my brother, I mean, we’ve been working together in various capacities since we were little, so it’s like I have an easier time working with him than just about anybody because we have such a shorthand for communicating with one another and I know for the most part, what he’s looking for. I can when I read scenes, I have a pretty good feel for what he’s going for.
And so I think that we, we work together really, really well. I’m certainly grateful that he gave me such a nice role in this film. I’m just really am happy to be part of it. I know that that’s kind of what I’m supposed to say, but it’s true. You know it’s a great franchise and I think that the movies are made with a lot of love and a lot of heart and I’m very happy to be part of that.
If you’ve seen the film you already know Yondu is dead. Or you read the spoiler above. It was one of the most shocking parts of the movie for me. I was so torn up during that scene, so if you haven’t seen it, take tissues when you do go. We asked Rooker if he saw any potential for expanding his character.
MR : Well, any kind of extension and of Yondu would be good. I wouldn’t mind that at all. You know, I’m used, as we’re just speaking, I’m used to the makeup. I’m used to the character. I already know it.
Our time was up for the interview and Rooker went on to ask Sean Gunn if he had spoken with any of us before, he responded no. He went on to say that this was the pinnacle of all the interviews he’d done. He could go on talking to us all day. The pair were our first interview that day, but as the day progress, all of the talent shared how much they enjoyed talking to our group. It was so heartwarming to hear and reaffirming that we do a great job. Before we took the group photo, Rooker made sure that one blogger had the opportunity to ask her question.
Our final question was to Rooker asking how it was to film the actual death scene. He had mentioned earlier in the interview that he doesn’t mind dying in movies and television, but we wanted to know the mood for set that day.
MR : You know, it was emotional. Very, very emotional for everyone but me. I was sleepy. It’s true. Swear to God. I don’t know why but it put me to sleep.
SG : Well when we’re doing the funeral scene at the end where Chris has his big speech and we’re all there. We’re all super sad and all of the sudden you hear snoring. Rook was out. I would forget that. So funny.
About Guardians of the Galaxy:
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is now playing in theaters everywhere.