Total Nerd 50 Things You Didn't Know About Guardians of the Galaxy  

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When it came to Hollywood movies, the Guardians of the Galaxy film was the biggest surprise of 2014. No one quite knew what this film might be. Was it some deep-geek Star Wars comic book rip off? Nope. The Guardians comic book actually came first. Was it an attempt by Disney to sell Rocket Raccoon and talking tree toys? Maybe... but the characters were amazing and it worked. Had Marvel finally lost it? Certainly not. But what really went on behind the scenes on this awesome comic book movie? And what fun Guardians of the Galaxy facts will you be surprised to learn?

The Guardians first premiered in the Marvel comic books way back in 1969, but you wouldn't recognize them now, as the team has changed drastically over the decades. For instance, characters like Groot and Rocket Raccoon didn't join the Guardians until much later. Since then, the Guardians have popped up in comics across Marvel's numerous comic book series fighting alongside the Avengers, the X-Men, and even the Fantastic Four. And with the surprisingly popularity coming from the blockbuster film, the Guardians even have their own animated series in the works. 

We've decided to take a look through the layers of this crazy masterpiece and share with you things you may not have known about the Guardians. Did you know Chris Pratt almost wasn't even considered for Star-Lord? Do you know which It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star almost got the role instead? Did you know the original actors for Gamora and Drax both turned down the project?  

All of these GotG facts and Guardians of the Galaxy trivia tidbits are below! Vote up the most shocking and interesting Guardians of the Galaxy trivia and learn something new about this popular comics, and now film, franchise!
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Chris Pratt Improvised Star-Lord Flipping the Bird

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Apparently Star-Lord's iconic gesture from the trailer was improvised by Chris Pratt on set.
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Chris Pratt Lost 60 Pounds for the Role

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Chris Pratt told director James Gunn he'd need six months to lose the 50 pounds for the part. In the end, he actually lost 60 pounds, thanks to a strict diet and a torturous workout regimen. He said it was worth it to see the best possible physical version of himself.
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Pratt Wasn't Shy About Basing his Performance on Harrison Ford's Han Solo

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Chris Pratt very proudly likened his role as Star-Lord, and his portrayal of the character, to that of Harrison Ford's Han Solo. Harrison Ford was 35 when he first donned the Solo vest, and Pratt was 35 when he first donned Star-Lord's.
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The Soundtrack Made History

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The film's soundtrack, Awesome Mix Vol. 1, reached number one on the Billboard charts, making it the first film soundtrack to ever do that without a single original song. The soundtrack was also nominated for a Grammy in the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Visual Media category.
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