Michael Rooker Almost Played A Different Character In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

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Michael Rooker recently revealed that he almost played a different character in Guardians of the Galaxy.

One of the standout characters from Guardians of the Galaxy was Michael Rooker’s Yondu but it turns out that the star almost didn’t play the leader of the Ravagers. Before the Marvel Studios project began filming, Michael Rooker was on The Walking Dead, which meant that the star had to make sure his schedule for the zombie show matched up with Guardians of the Galaxy.

At GalaxyCon Richmond, ComicBook.com was on hand to hear that Michael Rooker finally got the chance to play Yondu once he found out his Walking Dead character Merle Dixon was getting killed off. But before Michael Rooker knew that, he was signed on to play a different role.

“I called James Gunn up and said, ‘I can do Yondu now. I was at the airport and James and I had just spoken, and we were like, ‘Oh man, sh-t, this Walking Dead thing is still going on. You’re shooting the film, Guardians 1, right when we’re filming the season.’ And so I was gonna play another role in Guardians of the Galaxy.”

It turns out that Michael Rooker was originally going to play Korath the Pursuer in Guardians of the Galaxy, the role that eventually went to Djimon Hounsou. Michael Rooker continued by discussing how once he knew his character in Walking Dead was gone for good, he called up James Gunn to secure the role of Yondu.