Kurt Russell's inclusion into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is another example of an established name coming into a new franchise. Playing the father Ego to Chris Pratt's Peter Quill/Star-Lord, the 66-year old explained to Screen Crush that the elder statesman is far from a drag. Allowing him to fit into the tone of the picture without a problem.
"It’s a little hard to bite your tongue and do that, but there’s a lot about the character that we want to keep under wraps I guess, and for a certain period of time," he began. "But the good part is, he’s no letdown. (Laughs) He has a great, adventurous spirit that he shares with his son. And you know, the idea of being able to find someone that you’ve wanted to see for a long time, and I think the whole thing basically being seen through Peter Quill’s eyes, we can all understand how you’d want to meet your dad, if you didn’t know who your dad was, and you’d heard these things about your father and you’d been told certain things by your mother, and you’re trying to put it together."
Directors Gave Russell A Fearless Approach To Acting
Whether it be Snake Plissken, Jack Burton, John "The Hangman" Ruth or an ancient and mysterious cosmic being like Ego, Russell pushed forward with his interpretation of unique characters not on the whims of critics, but because the filmmaker's backed his instincts.
"Quentin Tarantino, John Carpenter, Ron Howard, Bob Zemeckis. Those are those great guys, and Mike Nichols, they always made me feel verified in the way I was going about things, you know? But when especially critics at the time would look at the movie or not understand why something’s cool or that’s funny, don’t you get that? Sometimes it was hard to keep my own course and be criticized for it."
Now into his mid 60s, those fears and reservations are a thing of the past.
"I’m just in a period of time where I’m getting to play characters that are really fun. And yeah, it’s a bit of an opportunity to take advantage of the way I created some guys in the past that you guys, the people your age, are more in tune with."
Chris and Kurt Like Father and Son
Developing something of a bromance with his younger co-star, Russell said that the pair enjoy plenty of screen time together to ensure that they shared a bond that continued after the camera was rolling.
"I was talking with Chris the other day, and I was saying, 'You know, the really fun part about this is that you and I really get to work together on this movie,'" he recalled. "You know, a lot of times you’ll be looking forward to the opportunity to work with somebody, an actor, an actress. And sure enough, you get that opportunity and you’re not in the same scenes, and the audience I think sometimes thinks, 'Oh, this is going to be an opportunity for these two people. Yeah, I want to see them.' And you never really see them together. That could be disappointing. That’s not the case here, and the case especially with Chris."
Source: Screen Crush