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Michael Rooker talks about his role as Yondu and life after 'The Walking Dead'

According to on Friday, former "Walking Dead" actor Michael Rooker spoke of his role in James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy." He plays the character Yondu Udonta, the adoptive or more so the abducting father of Peter Jason Quill, played by "Parks and Recreation's" Chris Pratt. He's had a fan following for a while on AMC's "The Walking Dead" and now he discussed his role in the Gunn film.

Michael Rooker as Yondu and Sean Gunn as Kraglin in James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios, used with permission

If anyone one fan has seen the film already, Rooker acknowledges the blue-skinned pirate and leader of the Ravagers as a "responder and a doer", in fact he spoke of the interstellar vagabond as more of a paternal member of Quill's life. He's threatened to eat his own surrogate son throughout the film, but Quill had been evading for quite sometime throughout the movie until he really needed his "father" in the vacuum of space. Rooker also acknowledges the blossoming of these comic book movies and doesn't exclude the cosmic-based film either.

"Being involved with projects that are comic-based has really, over the last couple of years, been blossoming. Look out there at all the comic-based films that have been becoming quite a thing, and 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is going to be no exception. It's going to be a major, major, fun and entertaining piece for film-goers. And Yondu, in particular, I have to beat my own drum for a second. After seeing the full film just a few days ago, I'm in love with this character, and I think the fans are going to be as well."

Rooker took on his breakthrough role in a rather gritty, low-budget film “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.” Then later on he took on roles in Gunn's earlier works such as "Slither" and "Super." Later, his rise to fame took on a new level as he starred as Merle Dixon, the not-so-favored character in the Robert Kirkman inspired "The Walking Dead." Rooker described this launch to popularity.

“It was like the A-bomb went off [with Merle's popularity]. “Rowdy Burns [from 'Days of Thunder'] was popular. Hal Tucker in ‘Cliffhanger,’ all of these films were popular, but doing a TV show is like doing a film every week. The impact on your fans and followers is remarkable."

Rooker even felt that Yondu will also have a fan following as well as he also acknowledged that other characters were rather impressive, too. Though most actors tend to have a concern of the make-up and costume portion of their character, Rooker has no real concern of the blue paint he has to wear most of the time while rehearsing.

Also, the storytelling and the comic book genre is what impresses him quite considerably. Also, he considers the very ease at how a comic book doesn't have to be read word for word to even understand it. He finds it amazing that the technology exists to bring it into motion on the big screen.

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