‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’: Kurt Russell Talks Ego’s CGI & Practical Effects

Please be aware that there some minor spoilers from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in this article. 

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Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

Kurt Russell’s Ego the Living Planet will be one of the more intriguing aspects of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He is both the living planet and Star-Lord’s father and it looks like James Gunn’s film will be exploring how Ego went from being a human to becoming a planet.

Speaking with Screen Rant at a press junket for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the veteran actor, who most recently appeared in The Fate of the Furious, spoke about the CGI effects for his characters, but also how most of the effects were practical.

“Before we went in there we assumed that it was gonna be all CGI. And [makeup artist Dennis Liddiard] said to James [Gunn] and the cinematographer [Henry Braham], ‘Hey, I can young this guy down. I got some tricks in my bag. Would that be helpful?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, as much as you can. That would be great.’ I was speaking to the gal last night who does the CGI. She said, ‘What did you think of what we did?’ And I said, ‘I thought it was great. But I understand you didn’t do a whole lot?’ She said, ‘No we didn’t. We touched it up here and there.’ He did a fantastic job. He does have a lot of tricks, not just makeup. Cosmetics I should say.”

So, it looks like by finding out the history of the character, we’ll also be seeing Russell’s transformation into the younger version of Ego. CGI and practical effects, which help to de-age actors in their roles, has certainly proven to be effective in telling stories onscreen without having to cast someone to play the younger version of the character.

Are you excited to find out more about Ego? Do you think we’ll see the full story behind how he came to be a living planet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters May 5, 2017.

Source: Screen Rant

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki is an entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. She's a geek, a lover of words, superheroes, and all things entertainment.