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'Guardians of The Galaxy' is about oddballs for oddballs

By Zaki JufriMovies - 10 July 2014 12:00 PM | Updated 11 August 2014

'Guardians of The Galaxy' is about oddballs for oddballs

Guardians of the galaxy

The first thing to remember if you’re an oddball or outcast, is that there are more of us than there are of them.

That is the piece of advice that Hollywood director James Gunn gave at a press conference in Singapore Thursday 10 July morning.

“There are many of us who were pushed aside, made fun of, mocked or told we couldn’t do something when we were kids. The truth is, the people who did that to us were very few and that we are the majority,” he added. 

The 43-year-old, together with actress Zoe Saldana and wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista, are in Singapore to promote Marvel’s latest movie ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’, which opens in cinemas here 31 July.

The trio will also be meeting fans and walking the red carpet on Saturday 12 July at Shaw House’s Urban Plaza along Scotts Road.

A CAST OF MISFITS

From left: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista)

The movie, which also stars Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker, is about a group of misfits who get together to stop a villain from endangering the universe.

Gunn, who has directed films, usually indie fare such as ‘Super’ (2010) and ‘Slither’ (2006), has been propelled into the spotlight after he took on this project.

The director said that he relates to the characters in the movie as he felt that he and the rest of the cast were all misfits as well.

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“This movie is that it’s essentially about this group of outcasts who were plucked from obscurity from different comics and turned into heroes. I think we all feel the same way,” Gunn said.

He said: “My last movie only cost $3 million and it was an independent film. Dave is a wrestler who people didn’t think of as a real actor, and Zoe has been pushed into the sidelines her whole life because she’s a person of colour and comes from a place that not everybody has heard of.

“Chris Pratt was a chubby guy when he got this role. Vin Diesel is a weirdo, and the biggest weirdo of all is Michael Rooker. We’re just a group of weirdos and oddballs who came together and make this movie, which is something that we feel good about.”

CHALLENGING ROLE

Drax the Destroyer is probably the biggest role for WWE wrestler-actor Bautista.

The 45-year-old, who was last seen in 2013’s ‘Riddick’, revealed that he was all choked up when he heard that he got the role.

“I was on my way to the gym when I got the call from my manager. He said ‘Congratulations Mr Drax’. I immediately broke down. I drove home and I was a mess. This is a big deal and life-changing for me.”

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For Bautista, doing the action scenes in the movie was a walk in the park, but he admitted that the acting this time was more demanding.  

“Doing the action scenes was the easy part for me as I’m a very physical guy. Physically, it wasn’t as tough as stretching myself as an actor because acting is still new to me and this is a large role. And I'm stepping into the stage with some of the most talented people in the world,” he said. 

EMPOWERING

No stranger to science-fiction and action movies, Saldana, whose career blasted off after movies ‘Avatar’ and ‘Star Trek’, said that playing Gamora – one of one of Marvel’s most lethal characters – is an empowering experience. 

“Being the only female Guardian is empowering and it gives a strong message to women that besides being beautiful and delicate as flowers, you can also channel your strength and not be afraid of it. It’s very rewarding to know that you can climb a tree or grab a weapon even though we’re in the world of make-believe,” she said.

She added: “Another female actress in this movie is Karen Gillan. It felt really great to know that I was sharing screen time not only with amazing male actors but also another female actress because sometimes, being the only one can get a little lonely.” 

Gunn chimed in: “Karen and Zoe were a lot of fun to watch on set. They have this huge fight scene. Watching these two superpowered females fighting each other is like watching two Clint Eastwoods battling it out. When I say ‘cut’, they would stop and go all giggly.” 

'Guardians of the Galaxy' is opens in Singapore 31 July 2014  

 

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  • Guardians Of The Galaxy

    (2014)
  • Rated
    PG13 /
    Genre
    Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Language
    Eng
  • (7 Reviews)