Marvel’s big summer movie this year is Guardians of the Galaxy. The trailer features a number of misfit heroes, one of whom is a spunky CGI raccoon velvetly voiced by Bradley Cooper. However, Rocket Raccoon’s acting performance is given by director James Gunn’s brother: one Sean Gunn (Kirk from Gilmore Girls).
This on-set photo of the two brothers gives an idea of how Kirk might look on a regular Stars Hollow summer’s day, pretending he’s invisible.
Sean Gunn also dons the green bodysuit to play Thanos, who was the Big Bad Unspeaking Dude at the end of 2012’s The Avengers movie credits. And as if that weren’t enough, Sean also plays Kraglin, one of the Ravagers – seen here looking pretty damn magnificent. This is how Kirk sees himself in the mirror.
What do you think it says on the black t-shirt he’s wearing underneath?
Guardians of the Galaxy is an off-the-wall space comedy and appears to be a significant departure by Marvel from its recent popular superhero schtick. If the box office responds well, hopes are that this will create a new franchise and initial screening audiences have been particularly positive about the raccoon.
What do you think? Is this kind of thing up your street?
Personally, I’m enjoying this current generation of superhero movies, a far cry from say, Ben Affleck’s Daredevil. I generally disdain the Hollywood money-making machine putting out sequel after remake after sequel (didn’t we just re-do Spiderman?!) so I’m all for seeing something a little new and untested like this. It’s a shame Marvel seem to have taken two steps backward with Ant-Man, which could have really been something different with Edgar Wright.
How about Gilmore Girls as superheroes? 2000’s Lauren Graham could have given 1970s Lynda Carter a run for her money as Wonder Woman. I can see Taylor Doose as a cantankerous old Bruce Wayne from the classic Dark Knight Returns comic – he becomes this old chunky, moody guy. Scott Patterson (Luke) could have been an inspired choice as Joker, once he’d gotten over that whole issue of having sausages pulled out of him. Any superhero casting ideas?
Pics c/o Marvel & James Gunn