GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Stars Chris Pratt and Michael Rooker Talk Rocket Raccoon

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It’s rare that a movie will announce its scene-stealer before the movie opens, but Rocket Raccoon (who will be voiced by Bradley Cooper) is being tipped to be the standout character in Guardians of the Galaxy.  As far back as six months ago, director James Gunn said Rocket Raccoon was the heart of the movie.  Now star Chris Pratt, who plays Star Lord, is singing the praises of the talking raccoon.  At a party to celebrate the 100th episode of Parks and Recreation, Pratt told Access Hollywood that Rocket isn’t a cartoon, but a real character.  It’s a statement that lines up with Gunn’s comments at Comic-Con where he said Rocket Racoon was “not about creating Bugs Bunny in the middle of The Avengers.”

Hit the jump for more on what Pratt and co-star Michael Rooker had to say about Rocket Racoon.  The film also stars Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Djimon HounsouPeter Serafinowicz, and Vin DieselGuardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-rocket-raccoonPratt reiterated Rocket’s tough past of being experimented on and tortured and how that turned him into an angry little bastard.  Here’s his full quote to Access Hollywood [Via CBM]:

“[Rocket Raccoon has been] tortured his whole life and no one else likes him, so he’s lonely and he’s angry and it’s like, [there are] all these elements [to the character],” he continued. “You sort of forget about that, you wouldn’t think about, [and] hopefully will come to life. I think it will and that’s why they hired a really good actor to do the role. I could not be more excited that Bradley Cooper is voicing Rocket Raccoon, it’s a great character. It’s probably the best character in the movie, just because it’s not what you would expect.”

Rooker, who plays Yondu, also had some comments on how his character feels towards Rocket [via ScifiNow]:

“Rocket and I don’t get along, he’s a bit abrupt and brash for my taste.  I probably have a little Merle in me still, because I would roast him over an open flame and eat him for supper!”

Fan fiction writers, your Walking Dead/Guardians of the Galaxy mash-up has been done for you.

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  • TigerClaw305

    Hopefully they knock this out of the park and Rocket Raccoon is one of the most memorable characters in the Cinematic universe, Not just from Marvel, But as a whole.

  • TigerClaw305

    Hopefully they knock this out of the park and Rocket Raccoon is one of the most memorable characters in the Cinematic universe, Not just from Marvel, But as a whole.

    • The Flobbit

      Yeah, not going to happen. A talking raccoon is never going to compete with Charles Foster Kane, Roy Batty, Daniel Plainview, and the Joker.

      • Norrtron

        Well if it were only a “talking raccoon” then maybe, but since he’s going to be an actual character with depth you really have no idea.

      • The Flobbit

        He has consistently been referred to as a talking raccoon. And how much depth can a CGI raccoon have as a character? I can just picture his Shakespearean depths and compelling character attritbutes.

        Jeez…

      • Kevin

        The fact that you mentioned The Joker with those other ones says something about you.

      • The Flobbit

        What does it say? That I have a well rounded taste in cinema and recognize true brilliance when I see it?

      • Kevin

        Joker has no depth (I assume you mean TDK Joker). He just creates chaos.

      • The Flobbit

        He creates chaos, yes, but the entire point of TDK was that order and chaos – anarchy and structure – are deeply intertwined, and no one is to say which is more powerful.

        And characters don’t need depth to be memorable. Just look at the Terminator, King Kong, or Freddy Krueger.

      • Kevin

        He’s a memorable character, yes. And Ledger did an amazing job. But he shouldn’t ever be on the same list as Charles Foster Kane.

      • The Flobbit

        Charles Foster Kane is surprisingly one-dimensional. That was the entire point of the character, and why he was so brilliant. The reporter spends the whole time looking for something deep and revealing about Kane, only to find that Rosebud was no more than a common sled from Kane’s childhood. He’s still one of the best characters in cinema.

      • Kevin

        He’s a memorable character, yes. And Ledger did an amazing job. But he shouldn’t ever be on the same list as Charles Foster Kane.

      • The Flobbit

        He creates chaos, yes, but the entire point of TDK was that order and chaos – anarchy and structure – are deeply intertwined, and no one is to say which is more powerful.

        And characters don’t need depth to be memorable. Just look at the Terminator, King Kong, or Freddy Krueger.

      • Greyson

        Flobbit, you should watch Ratatouille. Not everyone can be a great character, but a great character can come from anyone. :)

      • The Flobbit

        What is that supposed to mean?

      • The Flobbit

        What is that supposed to mean?

  • Solgazer

    Trailer. Trailer! TRAILER!

  • Bob

    Cant wait!!! Rocket Raccoon is gonna own!!!!

    Btw, guys leaked comic con trailer is on youtube…looks so aewesome.

  • Tabrez

    I m kind of skeptical about rocket racoon.

    • The Flobbit

      I am more than skeptical. But hope remains, and I am psyched for this movie.

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  • Stefan Bonomo

    Sounds like Stitch with a machine gun…I’m sold!

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  • The Flobbit

    Tell me, how many damn villains does this film have? There’s Thanos, there’s Lee Pace’s character, there’s Benecio Del Toro’s character, there’s Karen Gillan’s character. Djimon Hounsou as well?

    Villain overload anybody? It’s beside the point. I look forward to this film more than I have for any other Marvel movie, and has *nothing* to do with how cute Rocket Raccoon is or how good Drax is going to look. It’s the cast.

    The cast is killer, and that’s enough for me.

  • The Flobbit

    Tell me, how many damn villains does this film have? There’s Thanos, there’s Lee Pace’s character, there’s Benecio Del Toro’s character, there’s Karen Gillan’s character. Djimon Hounsou as well?

    Villain overload anybody? It’s beside the point. I look forward to this film more than I have for any other Marvel movie, and has *nothing* to do with how cute Rocket Raccoon is or how good Drax is going to look. It’s the cast.

    The cast is killer, and that’s enough for me.

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