Star-Lord himself, Chris Pratt, has revealed that the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 geeked out when they met Kurt Russell for the first time.
Russell, one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood due to his role as Snake Pliskin in Escape From New York — as well as other incredible performances in films such as The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China — is playing Star-Lords father, Ego the Living Planet in the upcoming sequel.
During last week’s press junket for the film, Pratt explained that it would have felt disingenuine if he wasn’t immediately forthcoming with his respect and admiration for the iconic star:
“You promise yourself you’re not going to do this thing that happens every time you meet someone who’s an icon, someone you’ve known way longer than they’ve ever known you, and you’ve seen all their stuff. You have this opportunity from time to time, if you’re lucky, to work with someone like a Kurt Russell. You promise yourself you’re not going to do the thing where you geek out. But it’s a little inauthentic if you don’t. Because if you just go in there and you’re like, ‘Oh, what is it? Kurt? Hey. Nice to meet you. Chris,’ and I don’t acknowledge the fact that how much I love him and what a fan I am, if you don’t get that out of the way, then it feels a little inauthentic. So I think I did that immediately.”
Pratt went on to add how much it means to him now that he considers himself and Russell friends after working with him on the sequel:
“It doesn’t really take that long for you to tell someone that you really love them, that you really respect their work, and for them to go, ‘Yeah, thanks.’ And that’s it! At that point you move forward and there’s this really cool thing, that’s probably the one thing I never would have imagined looking for when I first moved to Hollywood, but the greatest part of it, the biggest secret, is you become somebody’s friend and somebody’s peer, rather than a fan. And that’s really nice. I think Kurt and I have become friends. We connected on a lot of things outside of just the movie. And I have his cell phone number, and I’ll give it to each and every one of you.”
Written and directed by James Gunn, the film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kurt Russell. Here’s the official synopsis:
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s 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 mysteries 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 hits theaters May 5, 2017.