SYFY WIRE's Tiffany Smith had the chance to sit down with Guardians of the Galaxy stars Sean Gunn (Kraglin, Rocket Raccoon) and Dave Bautista (Drax) for an exciting interview during which the two actors opened up about their journey starting with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and heading into Avengers: Infinity War, opening on April 27.
"One of my favorite things about Guardians is that my brother [director James Gunn] does a really great job in vetting the actors — not just to be great actors but to be great people — and we really are a very close-knit family on set," Sean Gunn told us as Bautista joined him on stage.
Bautista then went on to praise Gunn for giving his all as Rocket Raccoon (Gunn does the physical acting for the character while Bradley Cooper provides the voice) and said he was disappointed that Sean didn't get the recognition he deserved when the first movie came out. The dynamic duo also revealed they felt less pressure and were much more comfortable while filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as compared to the first film.
When asked if they also felt those movie moments and one-liners that made the audience crack-up as they were filming, Gunn said: "My brother had an easier time writing the second movie because he hears people. He wrote the first movie with it not being cast, and then in the second movie, he was able to write specifically for Dave's voice in his strengths. I think a lot of times, you don't know with a hundred percent certainty. Like there's something you find funny that gets cut or doesn't work but for the most part, you can tell what a lot of the good lines are when you're on set."
While they couldn’t say much about Infinity War (because MARVEL SNIPERS), Bautista did offer this tidbit about filming with the Russo Brothers:
"My fear was that they were going to try to make James Gunn's Guardians the Russo Brothers' Guardians, and I found out fast that wasn't the case at all. They really wanted us to be us, they really encouraged it; they really encouraged us to do business as usual because we just have a certain way that we do things. We have certain interactions between us and they just encouraged us to do that. And also we had the luxury of James Gunn writing for us, so that really just helped a lot and it just felt like business as usual. It felt more like they [the Avengers cast] were joining our cast instead of us joining their cast because we always outnumbered them."
Gunn and Bautista had a lot more to say in our exclusive interview, including revealing a nifty little secret about James Gunn, which Jeopardy categories they’d be better at, and more. Have a look!
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.