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Behind the scenes with James Gunn and the cast of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

According to Comic Book Movie on Monday, there was a question and answer session with James Gunn following the release of the second "Guardians of the Galaxy" trailer. The film debuts in August and features not so well known characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The director does address this issue mainly because he saw that as the main appeal of the film. The fact of not knowing who they are as compared to the Iron Man or Captain America characters is what made Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige all the more desiring of developing the film.

The cast lineup of James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios, used with permission

Chris Pratt, the leader of this mess of merry men and woman, plays the role of Star-Lord. The soundtrack selection that was chosen by Gunn served its purposes as he felt it kept the film "grounded" in such a galactic environment. Pratt considered one of the classic songs, "Ooh Child" by The Five Fairsteps, a great selection when he was doing his fast-paced cardio workout.

"[It] wasn’t my favorite right out of the gate but after listening to the album so many times over and over while getting in shape that’s the one song that has the right tempo for running quickly."

Gunn felt he had chosen the "sweet spot" of songs for fans who may recognize the artistic works, but not so easily the title or artists. He even felt that going from a low budget of thousands to high budget of hundreds of thousands indeed helped Gunn out considerably with the project. Some time ago he had remarked that they had constructed vast amounts of metal sets for the film.

There's a theory out there on whether actors and the roles they play can become "soulmates", but what Gunn thought in Pratt's regards was the fact when one hires an actor and they go about not only becoming the character, but wind up going beyond the expectations as well. That's when, as Gunn put it, "I don't know if I believe in true love and soul mates, but I do believe certain roles have soul mates, and Star-Lord and Chris are soulmates."

Gunn was asked on who was cast as Thanos, according to him fans we'll just have to wait and see. The Mad Titan is the puppet master of the catastrophic events that have occurred up to this point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace, is Thanos' right hand man and is the main villain in the film.

Pratt inadvertently revealed a spoiler during the question answer session in regards to one of the acting scenes where he was "pretending to die". He was simulating being stuck in space and was acting as if he was being asphyxiated. Apparently, he claimed to be sick at the time in the underwater SCUBA gear and was trying not to panic.

Vin Diesel talked about uttering the phrase "I am Groot." numerous times, but saying it in various ways. In the comic book, even said in certain context, it gave unto a different meaning. Diesel was reminded as an actor that it takes a certain talent on how can one say so much with something so little as the dialogue of "I am Groot".

"Guardians of the Galaxy" opens in theaters Aug. 1.

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