Marvel Studios took a big risk with Guardians of the Galaxy, a big budget sci-fi action extravaganza that features obscure characters from one of the lesser known comics in the Marvel universe.
1. We Are Groot
Vin Diesel says that becoming Groot helped him through a very difficult time; he was grieving for Paul Walker, his best friend and co-star in the Fast and the Furious franchise, who died in a tragic car accident.
2. It’s A Term of Affection
Near the end of the film, Star Lord refers to Ronan the Accuser as “turd blossom” which is also the nickname George W. Bush used for Karl Rove, who also may be a supervillain hellbent on destroying the world.
3. Who Needs Him Anyway
It was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to cross $300 million in domestic box office that did not feature Iron Man
4. It’ll Grow Back
Karen Gillan shaved her head for the role of Nebula and then made a wig out of her hair.
5. Angry Bird
Star Lord’s obscene gesture from the trailer was apparently improvised by Chris Pratt on set.
6. A Woman Nicole Perlman
The Guardians of the Galaxy. Screenplay was written by Nicole Perlman, the first woman to ever be credited with writing a Marvel-produced screenplay.
7. The Sony TPS-L2.
Peter Quill uses a cassette player called the Sony TPS-L2. It was the first cassette player released in 1979 and called the Walkman. The popularity of the film has renewed interest in classic Walkmans to the chagrin of hipsters everywhere.
8. Film soundtrack
The film’s soundtrack, Awesome Mix Vol. 1, was the first film soundtrack to make it to number one on the Billboard chart without a single original song.
9. Track Changes
The opening scene was originally supposed to be set to the song “Hooked on a Feeling. James Gunn changed it to “Come and Get Your Love” because he felt it worked better.
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10. Howard the Duck
The post-credit scene features Howard the Duck, the titular character from a series of existentialist comic books. The film adaptation which, according to many fans, Missed the point of the comics Was widely panned by critics. Howard the Duck may return for the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.
11. Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista
Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista rehearsed their originally scripted fight scene for two and a half months. The Friday before they were scheduled to film it. James Gunn tossed it out and decided he wanted the entire fight filmed in one long shot. Pratt and Bautista only had a few hours to learn the choreography for the fight that ended up in the final cut. It took twenty-two takes.
12. The Yondu
Yondu, played by Michael Rooker, was actually one of the original Guardians of the Galaxy that first appeared in the 1969 comic books. In the comics, he is an archer. In the film, he took down his enemies with a sentient arrow.
13. Quite the Zoo
Three of the creatures that could be seen stuck in cages on the Collector’s base are a Dark Elf from “Thor: The Dark World”, a Chitauri from “The Avengers”, and a slug creature from “Slither”, a movie previously directed by James Gunn.
14. Save a Universe For Ya Guv’nor?
Rocket Raccoon accent in the comics was originally meant to be Cockney. And while nobody knew exactly what Bradley Cooper was going to do, his accent was most definitively not Cockney. Cooper cited Tommy DeVito as an influence on the final product.
15. Size Matters
Ronan the Accuser’s gigantic spaceship. The Dark Aster, is as big as the 1,454 foot Empire State Building turned over 11 times. That’s 15,994 feet for people who can’t do the math in their head.
16. The Drax
Dave Bautista had to stand for five hours while they applied full body makeup and then for another hour and a half while they removed it. According to Chris Pratt, he never once complained.