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Chris Pratt talks tone and potential crossovers for Guardians of the Galaxy

08.29.2013

Between an interview with Chris Pratt for PARKS AND RECREATION, IGN decided to get in a few questions about the upcoming GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. His PARKS co-star Aubrey Plaza sat in with him on it and talked about sex with alien chicks, his diva attitude, and lack of caviar (read in its entirety here).

Here's the bulk of what Pratt had to say about the flick:

IGN: What’s the experience been like shooting Guardians of the Galaxy?

Chris Pratt: It’s been really great. It’s hard to even put into words, especially for someone like me who has the vocabulary of a sixth-grader. It’s been a real trip. There’s a lot of super talented people working on it - artists. That’s what I always loved about comic books as a kid, the drawings. I didn’t ever read them that much. I wasn’t too big into the stories, but I loved the artwork and the covers. I’d like to draw a lot as a kid myself. So to see that, as they did making these comic books, they’ve hired the best artists in the world to do the concept artwork and to design these worlds. It’s so imaginative and so unreal. We’re working really hard and I’m in a bit of a daze, but I just can’t wait for people to see what we’re doing out there. I think that footage they showed at Comic-Con is very accurate to the movie that we’re making. I thought that footage was pretty badass.

IGN: It was! You expect with James Gunn that there will be an eclectic feel to it and a quirky sense of humor, which we saw in that footage. What is it like trying to figure out that tone on set and to make perhaps it a little skewed from what people are expecting from comic book movies?

Pratt: Yeah, I think tone is the major thing we have to accomplish, a consistent tone, going from silly and comedic to high-stakes drama and action, and everything in between. It’s really up to James, and I trust everything that he’s doing. I think we’re getting good stuff. I don’t know what to say about it other than it might be…Oh! It’s the greatest movie of the 21st century! That’s what I’ll say. It’ll be the Citizen Kane of movies other than Citizen Kane.

IGN: James has said Guardians is a pretty self-contained story and it quite literally takes place far away from the rest of the Marvel movies. But Marvel’s into long-term planning and they’ve got all these interweaving of the movies and characters. Are you hopeful that a couple movies from now you might be teaming up with some Avengers and maybe fighting alongside Iron Man or Cap?

Pratt: Man, that would be really cool. What’s nice is that it is all the same universe. Because it falls under the Marvel umbrella, there is the possibility, just like in the comic books, that these stories could intersect.

I wanted to share the footage with a close friend who had yet to see it, and was disappointed when I couldn't find anything that showed during Con on the net. As far as a crossover, Joss Whedon shot down that idea already...unless he takes peyote. This doesn't mean that GUARDIANS will never cross paths with any other heroes in the Marvel Universe it just means that you shouldn't expect it to happen anytime soon. I will be pleasantly surprised if we see any unexpected cameos but those have been denied as well.

I'm ready for a full trailer (or even a teaser) with both the voices of Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (???) included.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY hits theaters on August 1, 2014.

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Source: IGN

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12:43PM on 09/02/2013

Holy CRAP!!!!

That footage looks awesome. Rocket looks kick butt!!! CANNOT WAIT!!!
That footage looks awesome. Rocket looks kick butt!!! CANNOT WAIT!!!
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5:19PM on 08/31/2013

All about the marketing

This movie is all about the marketing. I'm all for it, and looking forward to it, but they're going to be using MARVEL to sell the movie to the public first and foremost.

If they do the marketing on this correctly, and get Rocket out in front of kids in particular, then this will storm next year.
This movie is all about the marketing. I'm all for it, and looking forward to it, but they're going to be using MARVEL to sell the movie to the public first and foremost.

If they do the marketing on this correctly, and get Rocket out in front of kids in particular, then this will storm next year.
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4:41PM on 08/30/2013
I'm really looking forward to this movie the cast is great, and I just love the cosmic side of Marvel. Plus the leaked footage was awesome.
I'm really looking forward to this movie the cast is great, and I just love the cosmic side of Marvel. Plus the leaked footage was awesome.
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9:54AM on 08/30/2013
Bring it on. If they market this properly it will be insanely huge!
Bring it on. If they market this properly it will be insanely huge!
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7:05AM on 08/30/2013

Marvel's Star Wars

'Nuff said...except, EXCELSIOR!
'Nuff said...except, EXCELSIOR!
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3:56AM on 08/30/2013

Just something to make money in between Avenger's Movie's

So a group of hero's who are all different but come together against a common enemy, sounds like The Avenger's in Space. Not saying it won't be good, but they are praying for a cash cow in between Avenger's movies.
Iron Man = Star-Lord (Charismatic)
The Hulk = Groot (Big Dumb Brut)
Thor = Drax the Destroyer (Warrior)
Captain America = Yondu (Founder/Leader)
Hawkeye = Rocket Raccoon (Whatever)
Black Widow = Gamora (Female Assassin)
Loki = Ronan the Accuser (Bad Guy)
They just copied the
So a group of hero's who are all different but come together against a common enemy, sounds like The Avenger's in Space. Not saying it won't be good, but they are praying for a cash cow in between Avenger's movies.
Iron Man = Star-Lord (Charismatic)
The Hulk = Groot (Big Dumb Brut)
Thor = Drax the Destroyer (Warrior)
Captain America = Yondu (Founder/Leader)
Hawkeye = Rocket Raccoon (Whatever)
Black Widow = Gamora (Female Assassin)
Loki = Ronan the Accuser (Bad Guy)
They just copied the formula and put it in a pretty new package knowing that the masses will not notice.
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4:38AM on 08/30/2013
That formula's a tad older than 'The Avengers'.
That formula's a tad older than 'The Avengers'.
9:45AM on 08/30/2013
That formula pretty much dates back to ancient myth. Seven Samurai, Star Trek, MASH, Toy Story, Tropic Thunder, etc. etc. etc.

Don't believe me?

Iron Man = Han Solo (ladykiller, gunslinger, wiseacre, known for his specially modified machine, doubts among others as to his sincerity but pulls through in a big way at the end.)
The Hulk = Chewbacca (big, strong, communicates by roaring, but also strong technical knowledge and personal friendship to Iron Man/Han Solo)
Thor = Luke Skywalker
That formula pretty much dates back to ancient myth. Seven Samurai, Star Trek, MASH, Toy Story, Tropic Thunder, etc. etc. etc.

Don't believe me?

Iron Man = Han Solo (ladykiller, gunslinger, wiseacre, known for his specially modified machine, doubts among others as to his sincerity but pulls through in a big way at the end.)
The Hulk = Chewbacca (big, strong, communicates by roaring, but also strong technical knowledge and personal friendship to Iron Man/Han Solo)
Thor = Luke Skywalker (young, blond, family connection to villain, wields mystical powers of the universe as a protecting 'knight')
Captain America = Obi Wan Kenobi (idealistic vet of old war brought out of storage for new war)
Hawkeye = Lando Calrissian (ally turned enemy turned ally again)
Black Widow = Leia (lone female, dark backstory, much more than meets the eye, gets close to enemies before striking [see Jabba])
Loki = Darth Vader (duh)

Indeed, the parallels between Guardians and The Avengers are SUPPOSED to be there and be fairly obvious. We're supposed to look and say 'here's another crazy cast of heroes that came together to stop Thanos.'
9:48AM on 08/30/2013
So they don't try to make money with the Avengers movies?
So they don't try to make money with the Avengers movies?
11:56PM on 08/29/2013

It's going to blow everyone away

Whenever video get's pulled online i check ultra-vid, for some reason they don't usually pull things... they still have 2 clips but no CC-trailer.

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Whenever video get's pulled online i check ultra-vid, for some reason they don't usually pull things... they still have 2 clips but no CC-trailer.

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1:08AM on 08/30/2013
Holy crap. That looks even better than I'd hoped.
Holy crap. That looks even better than I'd hoped.
11:30PM on 08/29/2013
This film has definitely done a 180 on me since the beginning. Looking forward to it
This film has definitely done a 180 on me since the beginning. Looking forward to it
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11:02PM on 08/29/2013
It looks like they've got the tone right from the Comic Con footage. When they went to present it, they'd been shooting for just two weeks, so to put something together as a preview was likely no mean feat. And even in its preliminary stages, looked very exciting. From the little we saw, Pratt seems to make a great rougish sci fi-fantasy hero in that Han Solo tradition, and Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Drax all looked pretty darn awesome. Looking forward to it.
It looks like they've got the tone right from the Comic Con footage. When they went to present it, they'd been shooting for just two weeks, so to put something together as a preview was likely no mean feat. And even in its preliminary stages, looked very exciting. From the little we saw, Pratt seems to make a great rougish sci fi-fantasy hero in that Han Solo tradition, and Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Drax all looked pretty darn awesome. Looking forward to it.
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10:42PM on 08/29/2013
Dude never fails to crack me up at least once an episode on Parks.

"Leslie, I typed in your symptoms on this thing up here, and it says you could have network connectivity problems."
Dude never fails to crack me up at least once an episode on Parks.

"Leslie, I typed in your symptoms on this thing up here, and it says you could have network connectivity problems."
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