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45 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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    Dave Bautista's Makeup Took Five Hours a Day and He Never Sat Down

    It took makeup artists five hours a day to apply the 18 prosthetic tattoo pieces and full body makeup onto Dave Bautista. Chris Pratt said Bautista stood the entire time, holding onto rails with tennis balls in his hands, silent and never complaining.
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    Karen Gillan actually shaved her head in preparation for her role of Nebula. They then made a wig made out of her own hair!
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    Getting the Part Made Dave Bautista Cry

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    When Dave Bautista found out he got the part he immediately broke down crying, then called to sign up for extra acting classes to prepare for the Marvel franchise.
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    Vin Diesel Recorded His One Line Over 1,000 Times

    Vin Diesel recorded all of his "I am Groot" lines in several languages including Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French so they could use his real voice in every rendition of the film. In all, he ended up recording the line over 1,000 times.
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