The Walking Dead is gearing up to kick off Season 3 on AMC on October 14th, and Collider was invited to participate in the press day for the popular zombie drama series, to speak with the producers and all of the cast. While we will start to post those interviews a bit closer to the show’s return, we did want to share what Michael Rooker (aka Merle) had to say about his hopes about getting a role in the upcoming Marvel feature Guardians of the Galaxy, a space adventure about a futuristic team of superheroes who protect the galaxy from danger, to be directed by James Gunn, with whom he’s done Slither and Super. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
MICHAEL ROOKER: You’re not the first to ask that question.
Which character would you like to play?
ROOKER: All of them. I’d play the racoon guy. I’d play the tree guy. They’re all very cool characters! But, I don’t know. Marvel and Gunn have their own thing going on. It’s very secretive. Until they decide, it’s very secretive. I don’t know any inside scoop, or anything like that. But, we talk. We’re still friends, so we hang out and talk. Whenever I’m in town, we get together. So, I know he’s very busy and working real hard on the rewrite and getting everything set to go. It’s always a pleasure to work with him, so whatever happens, happens.
Would you like to be a part of a film like that? Do you personally enjoy the big comic book movies?
ROOKER: I would. Oh, yeah, sure! I’d have a lot of fun with it. I did a little interview earlier and had a similar question, and now it’s all over the internet that I’m campaigning for a role. All I said was, “Yeah, that would be cool!,” but now I’m campaigning. Dammit, I want that role! The fans really like the idea. I’ve noticed that. I did the interview, they showed it on the internet and, before I knew it, all my people were Tweeting it and posting it on Facebook. They’re interested in having me be a part of it, in some way.
At least being friends with James Gunn gets you a foot in the door that other people don’t have, since he clearly likes to work with the same actors when he can.
ROOKER: Gunn is always thinking of his friends and the people that he’s worked with. He’s quite a loyal director, and he’s a good friend, as well. He’s always, “Well, maybe Rooker can do this one. I think he’d like to do this.” I’m sure he’s thought of me, so we’ll see. Marvel has their agenda. Everyone has their own agenda, trying to get it cast and get it cast well. It’s going to be cool. I’m glad he’s involved with it. It’s a great, fun project. He’s a big fan! He’s been a huge fan of Marvel stuff since he was 12 years old, and even younger than that, I’m sure.