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Benicio Del Toro on playing The Collector and filming for Guardians of the Galaxy

09.16.2013

One of the reasons (and there are many) why I'm pumped for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is Benicio Del Toro as The Collector AKA Taneleer Tivan. He's a fantastic actor that I'm sure will do a stellar job playing the villain, but I'm not going to pretend I know a great deal about The Collector. I don't feel that bad though, since Del Toro isn't that familiar with the character either.

In an interview with the French magazine Les Inrockuptibles (provided by CBM and transcription via @Agraoufan) Benicio Del Toro talked about how he was excited when he got the call for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY:

"When someone calls you and says ‘I need you in my movie’, it’s exciting. I like comic-book movies, and it’s totally new for me. My character is The Collector, I’ve never heard of him so I just started some researches about him... A blockbuster can be really tiring to do, but it’s fun to shoot one occasionally. You have many people around you who bombard you with many information… You can not go wrong."

He goes on to talk about what it's like shooting for a film that is sure to have plenty of visual effects:

"For example they told you ‘Now you have to go in this restaurant and kill this person.’ And then you ask: ‘Who? The blue haired girl, or the guy with the wig? ‘And you don’t get the answer. And suddenly, you heard ‘Action!’. And you have to go along: so you shoot everywhere and they’ll find a solution for the final cut."

Shooting is currently underway for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and several tweets have given us some production updates on the film. Apparently Benicio Del Toro recently filmed a scene with Lee Pace's Ronan the Accurser, David Batista kicked a bunch of ass and there was a long shoot involving an "aircraft hanger full of aliens":

With a loaded cast like this and being one of the quirkier Marvel properties heading to the big screen, many people have high hopes for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. I think it could end up being the funnest Marvel film to date and hopefully director James Gunn will deliver a very special comic book movie.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is in theaters August 1st, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Benicio Del Toro gained over 40 pounds for his role as Dr. Gonzo in FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS.

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