I have to give a Galaxy-sized thank you to Disney & Marvel Studios for hosting me during the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Event.
Michael Rooker’s voice is so much like Yondu’s that when he walked into the room, it was like talking to a flesh-colored Yondu. Not the same with Sean Gunn, he’s not a thing like Kraglin. The two men took us on a journey in the day in the life of a Ravager and we learned some interesting things like what it’s like to talk with those grills in, what makeup’s like, and just how much Michael Rooker doesn’t give a rip what happens to Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. OH – and he’s got a message for Hollywood producers out there that I can’t wait to share with everyone.
Before you begin, you must know that if you’ve seen the movie and watched the credits, you might know how to unlock quotes about Michael Rooker’s character, Yondu that can be found within this interview. They’re hidden so people who haven’t seen the movie don’t ruin their own lives.
Sean Gunn & Michael Rooker on Makeup:
Michael: Yeah, the makeup process is awesome. It took about, three hours to put on four or five, six layers of different shades of blue and gold and silver and yellow, flax and all kinds of stuff. I would ask, ‘what color is this?’ They’d say, ‘It’s gold’! Sometimes they just flick it on with a brush. You know, they put it on the brush and they just go and they just flick it. It’s like a little spackling all over your face, but tiny little dots that helps to bring out the depth of the paint so it looks like, it just looks like real skin. It feels like real skin too.
Sean: What these guys go through with makeup and stuff is amazing. You hear Rooker talk about having hours worth of makeup and it’s really impressive. He never complains and, and so it’s not just going through the makeup process. It’s then also being ready to go and ready to perform and focus and so, what, what he and Dave and Karen and Zoe go through every day is just so intense. I was glad he let me play a humanoid character in this movie.
Sean & Michael Talk Teeth:
Michael: We both had some grills, baby.
Sean: The teeth can be tricky. I tried to get the teeth made several months before we started filming so that I could just put them in and work with the talking. I think talking through the teeth in the first movie was one of the most difficult things.
Michael: I didn’t have a problem with it because everybody’s different. Sean can speak English. I cannot. Sean uses consonants, I do not, almost never, and my quality is more throatal and glottal. His is not. This is just my quality in that’s how I speak, so thereby, the teeth are up in the front, so I form my words and my consonants and sounds more back (in the throat), so it didn’t bother me at all with the speaking. What it did do was make it more difficult to whistle. A whistle’s all in the front, right where the stupid teeth are. I told them, ‘We got to fix these because I got to whistle.’ and so they did. They did pretty good and I had to relearn a little bit of where I focus the sound for the whistling and stuff.
Michael Rooker on Yondu’s Whistle:
They enhance it, but it is my whistle.
Sean & Michael on their favorite character from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (and why):
Sean: I love Drax. I loved the journey that I’ve seen Dave take from his audition for the first movie through the magnificent performance he gives in this movie. I guess if I had to choose, I’d say Dave (Drax), but I love all the characters in the movie.
Michael: I don’t like working with real humans, never have. I’m going to go with Rocket and Baby Groot are my favorite.
But then Michael Rooker reveals who his real favorite is, & Sean Clarifies:
Michael: That being said, Rocket is my friend right here (he patted Sean on the back) and we worked together day and night doing this. During filming, he does all the vocals and all the voice stuff for Rocket.
Sean: We have to do several takes for anything that Rocket is a part of. We do a reference take, we’re in there and we make sure we get one or two good ones of those, and then we have to do one with, like a light when I’m doing lines from just behind the camera. Got to do one that’s totally empty.
Michael: That’s right! Got to do one with a stick, one with a piece of tape.
Michael has a message for Hollywood Producers:
So, the process for doing this kind of movie with such heavy CGI and characters that don’t truly exist is like doing five movies, for God’s sake. I will forever get a whole hell of a lot more money if I ever have to do this again. That being said, I’ll probably never get hired again for this kind of movie, but if ever I do, trust me, guys.
Producers out there, you better know you better come with your best offer because I know how this $#!t works now. And it is hard. It’s difficult.
Sean Gunn on Working with and for his Brother, James Gunn:
We’ve been working together in various capacities since we were little, so I have an easier time working with him than just about anybody because we have such a shorthand for communicating with one another and I know for the most part what he’s looking for. When I read scenes, I have a pretty good feel for what he’s going for. I really am happy to be part of it. I know that that’s what I’m supposed to say, but it’s true. It’s a great franchise and I think that the movies are made with a lot of love and a lot of heart and I’m very happy to be part of that. I’m certainly grateful that he gave me such a nice role in this film.
Michael Rooker on a movie about Yondu:
Well, any kind of extension and of Yondu would be good. I wouldn’t mind that at all. You know, I’m used to the makeup, I’m used to the character, I already know it, but I would get paid more.
Michael Rooker on his favorite interview of the day & Sean Gunn’s affirmation:
Michael: This is the best, this is the pinnacle of all the interviews that we have done.
Sean: I agree. I know. We should just do this all day.
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.