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Kurt Russell Didn’t Know Anything About Guardians of The Galaxy Prior To Joining Sequel

March 24, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with Coming Soon, Kurt Russell spoke about playing Ego the Living Planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He revealed that he actually didn’t know anything about the character of the comics before signing up. The website notes that the interview took place from the set, before Russell’s role was revealed to be Ego. Here are highlights:

On joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe: “Well, you know, generally, when you’re in this business for a long time, you get the opportunity to do a number of things. And then, they sort of always, at the end of the day, acting is acting and stories are storytelling. And you’re going to work with people that you hope are really kind of creative and fun, and directors that are on top of their game and know what they want to do. And then, sometimes that happens and sometimes it doesn’t. So the great fun is, for me, I didn’t know anything about this world, the Guardians world, you know? I was doing publicity for “Hateful Eight.” And suddenly, people started saying, “Is it true? Are you going to play Peter Quill’s father?” And I’m like, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” I just wasn’t aware of it. And then, all of a sudden, for the first time, this was a character obviously that people really wanted to, they were interested, they were all very positive, though. It was nothing like, “Seriously? You’re not going to do that, are you?” It was like, “Whoa, are you going to do that? That’s perfect. You should do that.” And I didn’t know what they were talking about. So when I had the opportunity to see “Guardians of the Galaxy,” I got it. I understood what it was, and I could see the reasons why people were interested in that. And the fun part has been tapping into all of that, bringing the right baggage, and having the opportunity, still, to explore with James Gunn and Chris and the whole gang. And then, the fun is that you find that Chris is just a sweet guy and is just a great, great sweet guy, and James is just a load of fun and really, really knows what he wants to do. And then you’re back to the opportunity to play a character that you hopefully can find things to make it fun and entertaining and interesting and memorable.”

On working with Chris Pratt: He says funny things. “He says funny things. We were rehearsing one time and he said, “No, I want you as my dad. I want you to be my father.” You know, it’s fun. They’re all very welcoming and very sweet. And the cool thing about it was, when I did read it and saw the movie, I said, “Yeah, I bring the right notes, the right garbage, the right baggage, all of it. I bring the right things.” And as I read it, look, I connected the dots from some of the things I’ve done in the past. And it’s fun to be living now in a time when a younger generation understands what I was doing. You guys get it. The older guys, my age, they didn’t know what the f**k I was doing. They really didn’t. And it was like, you can go back and read about it. It was like, “What is that?” I think it’s funny. Whatever. I just did it for a lifetime, so to be at this point in my life and be able to not only kind of like have a generation that accepts you for what you were doing before anybody else was with other people like you, to be able to take that and grow that, it’s nice, because it has a lot to do with my personality and the way I look at life and stuff. And so, it’s a nicer time for me than it was 30 years ago.”

On what it’s like playing Ego: “He’s 360 degrees of a human being. He’s 360 degrees of a human being. We all are capable of many different emotions and behaviors and thoughts and abilities and the way we sometimes respond to something is just very, it could be very, very different. You can one day feel this way, and the next day, feel that way. The fun part is that you have a director who really knows what he wants in terms of the storytelling and he’s obviously not afraid to play around. He’s encouraging that and he’s encouraged these people to do that. I mean, look at the broad characters they play. And then, along comes this character, who they’re all going to be dealing with, especially Peter. And he invites that into the room, too. And so, when you’re the actor who’s being invited to play in that sand box, yeah, I’m your guy. Let’s go have fun. Let’s go put a lot of different possibilities in there for you to play with when you get in the editing room.”