The casting for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brought about an eclectic group of diverse performers from all ranges of the entertainment industry. Along with leading Marvel members Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan, more faces were brought into the fold to make this 2017 extravaganza truly colorful.
This included ex-wrestler and fellow regular David Bautista, action legend Sylvester Stallone, horror filmmaker and recording artist Rob Zombie, comedy creator Seth Green and pop star Miley Cyrus. But according to director James Gunn, there would have been a special addition to the setup had he still been with us - the one and only David Bowie.
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Gunn would make this revelation during a Facebook Q&A session, with many fans left wondering if the rumor linking the British pop sensation with an on-camera role was just hearsay. Having passed away in January of 2016 following a battle with cancer, it would sadly never eventuate.
“I wanted David Bowie to play a member of Yondu’s original crew.”
While Bowie was fortunate enough to provide the track 'Moonage Daydream' for the original Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, he would not get to take part in a movie that saw the changing of the Ravager guard. Seeing Rooker's Yondu sacrifice himself at the conclusion of the blockbuster, it would be one hilarious brush with pop culture that gave the character a fitting send off.
As Star-Lord likened the flying rogue to Mary Poppins, Gunn said that the classic line of dialogue had been a late inclusion.
“When I was visualizing the scene, it didn’t look quite as heroic as I intended it to be," he recalled. "So then I put the Poppins line in Peter Quill’s mouth. And Yondu, of course, not knowing the name Mary or Poppins, might think he’s sort of a Lee Marvin type, and he owns it.”
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With fellow MCU and Avengers co-star Anthony Mackie also on the program that very same night, Elizabeth Olsen appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as she was promoting her new drama Wind River. Reprising her role as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, she admitted that any headlines from the interview would have nothing to do with Avengers: Infinity War, only because she knows nothing about it.
"I think I signed a lot of things before I joined (but) this time they decided not to give us scripts," she laughed. "They gave me my pages and then they explained other things that are happening but (if I go see the movie) I will be so shocked. I'll be like 'oh I see - that was what was happening to the world at that time!'"
As she went through the production of the 2017 crime thriller with Jeremy Renner to Colbert, the actress made the embarrassing admission that she does not like adrenaline rushes. For Olsen, the Marvel setting offers enough safety precautions to make her feel at ease.
"Those are really safe environments. You have like a stunt coordinator (and wires) which is so much fun."