The tone of Guardians of the Galaxy turned the dark and serious superhero genre on it's head. In large part, the casting of the lead star Chris Pratt has as much to do with that as any production decision. With the 37-year old set to reprise his role as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord.
Listening to his retro recording tapes and poking fun at the bad guys all at the same time, the character's journey will take a unique turn for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when it debuts on May 5th, 2018. The big budget Marvel installment will have a lot riding on it's shoulders. But, much like the man he is portraying, Pratt appears calm and measured about the film that is already garnering a huge amount of hype and expectation.
Cool Kurt a Great Experience For Pratt
Bringing in an acclaimed and respected performer as Kurt Russell, Pratt agreed with Collider that the casting was tremendous news not only for the movie itself, but as a personal delight.
"It’s so cool. It’s so cool. It’s perfect," started Pratt. "For me, there are actors that I loved growing up – there’s a handful of them – and he is absolutely right at the top of that list, and has not once done anything to disappoint the inner child in me who was so excited when he got cast. He’s really cool. He’s absolutely an artist. Even though he’s kind of the ‘everyman’ kind of a character, he’s really an artist and he really cares deeply about all of the details of his character. We’re really kindred spirits I think. Me and Anna (Faris), and Kurt and Goldie (Hawn), I feel like we are the same in some parallel universe, you know what I mean? Anna’s often times been compared to Goldie Hawn, like in the House Bunny and things like that, and one of our favorite movies is Overboard. And I guess some people have made that comparison with me and Kurt, just kind of like a blue-collar type of dude, American actor. He loves to hunt and be outdoors and he’s, I don’t know, I just really, really love him. I’m in love with Kurt Russell. (Laughs)"
As we learned the history of Quill and the mystery around his father, how does he see that playing out in the sequel?
"I think all the evidence that Quill has to who his father is, he learns it the same time the audience does from the first movie, do you know what I mean? He realizes there’s something special about him that they can’t quite identify, and that’s pretty much all he knows. So, as he learns with the audience during the course of this second journey who that is – so I’m not sure he necessarily had expectations that aren’t comedically Quill, which we play on in the movie. You get to find out who he hopes his father is and who he wishes his father is, and you get to find out whether or not that is the reality."
Stone Central Plays A Role In Part 2
Taking hold of the Power Stone to essentially save the universe, does that moment change Quill to any degree?
"It plays a certain role," he replied. "His interaction with the Infinity Stone in the first movie becomes – there’s a thread there that gets pulled in the second movie, like you get to know a little bit more. But yeah, that wasn’t an unimportant aspect of who he is."
Going further into the realm of fantasy, Pratt was pressed as to which character he would love Quill to come across in the larger Marvel world, whether that be movies or television.
"Yes! There’s so many!" said an enthusiastic actor. "I don’t know what’s possible now that Marvel is under Disney and some Marvel characters are under different studios, some are in TV, and some are – I don’t know how it works – I think it would be awesome for Starlord to meet Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin (Daredevil) somehow. (Laughs) That would be awesome. I was always a fan of The Punisher. That was my dude who I loved growing up. I had the murals of him on my wall and stuff, so that would be pretty awesome. Maybe a little more moody than Quill. I don’t know exactly how they would work together."