Behind-The-Scenes Facts From 'Guardians of the Galaxy' That Demand A Rewatch

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe was in full swing, developing groundbreaking action superhero movies when it was announced that a new comic book team was being made into a feature film. Was it going to be the Fantastic Four? The Defenders? No... it was to be an obscure group of characters few had ever heard of before! The Guardians of the Galaxy were a relatively unknown group before the movie was made, but since then, they've become one of the most beloved superhero crews both on and off the silver screen.

The movie was certainly a gamble, and it worked. The assemblage of Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax proved to be just as fun to watch as the Avengers... maybe even more fun. Just like every other film in the MCU, the fans have scrutinized Guardians of the Galaxy, but there's always something new to learn about everyone's favorite band of cosmic heroes and some of the impressive battle scenes they've been in over the years.

That's especially true when you're looking at some of the things that happened behind the scenes. Guardians of the Galaxy certainly had a lot going on that wasn't revealed until much later, and when you find out what those things were, you're going to want to go back and rewatch the film. This list compiles some of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes facts from Guardians of the Galaxy that'll make you want to sit through it all over again. Take a look down below, and don't forget to upvote your favorites before you head back to the couch to chill with the gang for a couple of hours.

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    James Gunn Knew Chris Pratt Was Star-Lord 30 Seconds After Meeting Him

    It's not uncommon for a director like James Gunn to go above and beyond to hire a particular star to portray one of his characters. After all, he wrote the Guardians of the Galaxy script, so he had strong opinions on who should play the characters in the movie. Similarly, Jon Favreau insisted on seeing Robert Downey Jr. play Tony Stark in Iron Man, so it's not unprecedented in the MCU.

    Of course, things were a little bit different for both actors. Most producers saw working with RDJ as risky due to his past problems, while Pratt was overweight and not in "superhero shape" for the part. This made it difficult to picture the actor in the role, and casting him surprised a lot of fans who knew him from Parks and Recreation​​​​​​.

    Initially, Gunn had no interest in hiring Pratt, but he completely changed his mind after meeting the actor. Gunn was adamant about hiring Pratt following a 30-second audition; he suggested giving the actor a CGI six-pack to overcome his weight. Fortunately, this wasn't necessary, as Pratt dropped all of his excess weight and packed on the muscle, toning his body for the role.

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    The Film's Name Had To Be Changed For Chinese/Taiwanese Audiences

    It's not unusual for a film's title to be tweaked to make it stand out in a market that doesn't speak the native language of the production. It goes both ways, as most Americans know a classic Luc Besson film as The Professional while those in France know it as Léon.

    In the case of Guardians of the Galaxy, the title had to be renamed for the Chinese and Taiwanese markets, but you'd probably never guess the name they came up with. Instead of Guardians of the Galaxy, the movie is titled 星際異攻隊, or Interplanetary Unusual Attack Team, and when you think about it, that's not far off the mark.

    16 votes
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    Dave Bautista Had To Stand For Hours To Receive His Drax Makeup

    Dave Bautista's portrayal of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy is easily one of the funniest in the movie. His take on the character is hilarious, and he looks great under all of that makeup and prosthesis. The fans loved the character design, but it did come at a cost to the actor in that he had to go through a lot to have it applied and taken off. Bautista had to be completely painted to get the coloration right, and on top of that, he required the application of 18 prosthetic pieces, all of which had to be glued onto his skin.

    When the process started at the beginning of the film's production, it took five hours to get everything looking just right. Painting and sticking stuff to Bautista's skin is an oversimplification of the process because the paint had to be shaded with "thin layers of browns, reds, and greens within the base grey to break up the tone and make it come alive before the final color sweep." Once they were done with that, Bautista's entire body was sealed with a fixative, which kept everything from smudging or falling off throughout a day of filming.

    If you're picturing Bautista sitting comfortably in a makeup chair throughout this five-hour-long ordeal, you'd be mistaken. According to his co-star, Chris Pratt, who spoke to BuzzFeed about the makeup application, "Bautista had to stand like this with his arms out rested on posts... stands that had tennis balls on them," Pratt said as he demonstrated the pose. "He had to stand for hours like that every single day. Never complained about it."

    As filming continued, the team managed to shave some time off the process, cutting it down to two hours and 47 minutes, which Bautista explained to /Film as their best time. All of this makeup application required removal, and it wasn't as simple as taking a shower to get it off. Instead, he had to stand there for a good 90 minutes while the prosthetics were removed along with the paint.

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    Chris Pratt Stole His Star-Lord Costume When Filming Finished

    After smashing into the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy as Star-Lord, Chris Pratt solidified himself as a future Avenger. Before that could happen, though, he stole his costume. Modern superhero costumes are incredibly expensive and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to make, so nabbing a costume is a pretty big deal. But the actor had a fantastic reason for taking it. 

    Pratt explained his decision in an interview with Panzer TV:

    I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone - say, like, a Russell Wilson - and go visit kids. If it was a big enough movie to where it would mean something to a kid who’s sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I’ll do that. I think that’s awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?

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    Vin Diesel Knows Every Meaning Of 'I Am Groot'

    You might think Vin Diesel walked into a recording booth and simply said, "I am Groot," over and over again to get enough takes for each of his appearances as Groot in the MCU, but that's not at all what happened. James Gunn had a unique script made just for him, so he would know what Groot was saying. This helped him with the proper inflection and tone, which made the repeated phrase sound different each and every time.

    Gunn mentioned the script in a Facebook post, saying, "This is the special Groot version of the script that only Vin Diesel and I have, where every Groot line is printed in English instead of Groot, so Vin will know what the various 'I am Groot's' mean. I love putting this thing together."

    On top of knowing what each utterance of Groot's signature catchphrase meant, Diesel also recorded them in multiple languages. Instead of letting another actor dub the lines in their native languages, Diesel recorded "I am Groot" in multiple languages for each time the line is spoken in the movie. In addition to English, he recorded the line in German, French, Russian, Hindi, Kazakh, Hungarian, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese. According to Marvel, this was done "to uniquely customize the moviegoing experience for international audiences."

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    Rocket Is Brought To Life By Two Actors And A Real Raccoon

    Rocket Raccoon is one of the funniest characters in Guardians of the Galaxy, and that has a lot to do with Bradley Cooper's vocal talents. Still, bringing the character to life required more than a voice actor and the artistic wizardry of the movie's VFX team. In order to place Rocket into scenes with other actors, James Gunn's brother Sean Gunn threw on a motion-capture suit and acted out all of his parts. This made it easier for the animators to have him interact with the other characters, and Gunn's work was spectacular, as he also provided Rocket's facial expressions.

    Still, he's not the only actor who played the part. Gunn is comparatively much taller than Rocket, so he couldn't perform all of his scenes in mo-cap. Another actor named Arti Shah, a little person, played Rocket in scenes that weren't practical for Gunn. Shah wore an image of Rocket's face on her chest, which helped draw her co-stars' eyeline to Rocket. In addition to those three actors (and the VFX artists, of course), Rocket was modeled on a real raccoon named Oreo. The critter was brought to the set and provided the basis for the character. Gunn even brought Oreo to the movie premiere.

    9 votes