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.
10 Things We Would Like To See In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is almost upon us, but we’re already talking about what’s next for our favorite ragtag group of cosmic heroes. It’s already been announced that writer/director James Gunn will return for a third outing in the Marvel franchise, with the upcoming sequel getting positive buzz on social media based from early screenings. Of course, the Guardians are also due to return for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War films as well, teaming up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against Thanos as he gathers the Infinity Stones together to wield ultimate power.
Gunn commented on Facebook that the third film will “conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond.” While Phase 4 hasn’t been officially announced, it’s assumed that this third film will be Marvel Studios’ kick-off movie for their next batch of films, most likely eyeing a May 2020 release.
With a third Guardians of the Galaxy film on the horizon, where could they possibly go for the next movie? Although this iteration of the Guardians has only been around since 2008, there’s a lot of stories and characters that could be introduced. We’ve barely scratched the surface in the Marvel cosmic world. Here are a few things we could possibly see in a third Guardians film. Click Next to take a look….