Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally in theaters and audiences are excited to be reunited with the team of unlikely heroes. Also returning for the latest cosmic adventure in Yondu Udonta, played by Michael Rooker, leader of a faction of the Ravagers. Last seen being betrayed by Star-Lord after the hero fooled him into accepting a decoy Infinity Stone, Yondu may return to the sequel looking to even the score with his surrogate son. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Rooker discussed Yondu’s relationship with Star-Lord and the fun to be had with the character’s unique abilities.
Rooker discussed how he interpreted Yondu’s reaction to being betrayed by Star-Lord at the end of the first film.
“You know what, that kid (Star-Lord) has been conning poor Yondu over since Yondu has taken him in and changed his life and his existence. He is constantly being conned by him, and, I might add, [Yondu] taught [him] how to con. I think Yondu’s a great teacher of Star-Lord throughout his life. When that [ending] occurs in the first one, most people I’ve talked to go, “What did you get out of that moment?” and what I was trying to show was a proud moment. I was proud of him. I wasn’t like I’m angry, I’m gonna get you now, you little… My thought behind that whole scene was that I was proud that he was able to do that. It just means that [Star-Lord] can survive one day longer in this harsh environment.”
Rooker discussed how the sequel’s increased budget allowed for Yondu’s larger fin to be used in the film.
“It did! People are starting to call it a fin now, which I like. It’s more like a fin in the comics and its bigger. It’s more like the original. I think we had a bigger budget this time around. We were able to build the ships with ample headroom. In the first one, my ship was lower, the ceiling was lower, so I would’ve kept bumping my head. When I look at the first one and I look at the second one I just automatically say, “Wow! The second one is bitching!” I forget its there so easily that I bump my head all the time. I bump the edge of the fin, so I put little pieces of tape across my door frame in my trailer to remind myself I have a fin on my head that goes up about eight inches and goes out about two inches beyond my nose.”
Rooker also expressed his enthusiasm for Yondu’s unique ability.
“Dude, my arrow is crazy, crazy fun. I’ve gotten really good at that. Man, I can whistle and that arrow just flies. I had to watch it on set, because I don’t have complete control over it. So when I whistle and it comes flying out, sometimes I made holes in my duster — my jacket. When I get a chance I go to conventions and I love it when moms and dads bring the little kids and I do a little whistle and flip my jacket back a little bit and their eyes go absolute bonkers. Oh, and when I give my talk, the Yondu speech from the first one, the ‘Blah bloo dibby dabba doo boo…’”
You can read the full interview with Michael Rooker here.
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Directed by James Gunn, the film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now playing in theaters!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter