Kurt Russell has finally opened up about his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ego the Living Planet in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which follows the galaxy’s unlikeliest heroes as they set out on a quest to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s roots and find his father, Ego.
In an interview with Empire, Russell dished on his character which he says is his biggest role in his career yet:
“I’ve never played anybody bigger! I’ve never played a character with broader possibilities, I’ll say that.”
Russell hadn’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy when he was first approached for the role but he explained that he understood quickly into the film why Marvel wanted him to play Ego:
“Fifteen minutes in, I said, ‘I think I see why they’re coming to me.’ The baggage I bring from some of the movies I’ve done is the right kind of baggage to bring into this one.”
Returning director James Gunn also said that he started writing Ego with Russell specifically in mind for the role:
“I started writing for Kurt as I was finishing the screenplay. I would have been really disappointed if he’d said no.”
Gunn also added that the visual effect to bring Ego’s powers to life is the biggest visual effect in history. It was recently revealed that the character remains true to his comic book incarnation but that he is also able to manifest himself in several other ways.
“We have over a trillion polygons on Ego’s planet,” says Gunn proudly. “It’s the biggest visual effect of all time. There’s nothing even close to it. Which is cool.”
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. Written and directed by James Gunn.
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.