There are some movies that fans just can’t ever get enough of, and that’s definitely true for action films. Who doesn’t want to see their favorite heroes come to life in all their action-packed, computer-generated, out-of-this-world glory?
Guardians Of The Galaxy was especially endearing among comic enthusiasts for its rather obscure backstory and characters compared to highly touted mega-hits like Avengers and Transformers. But the film appealed to all types of moviegoers as well, and naturally, there’s no shortage of fans who want to know more about it.
Check out these 38 facts that no Guardians fan will want to miss; #20 even reveals a special announcement!
1. Yondu, played by Michael Rooker, appeared in the original Guardians comics back in 1969. Described as an expert archer in the comics, he shot down his enemies with an arrow of perception, also called a sentient arrow, in the film.
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2. Peter Quill’s cassette player is called the Sony TPS-L2, but it’s actually the first generation of Walkman that was released in 1979. Its placement in the film put the Walkman back on the style map for teens and young adults everywhere.
3. Josh Brolin wasn’t credited, but he was the last cast member chosen for the film. Brolin’s portrayal of Thanos was based on Marlon Brando’s character Colonel Walter E. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. Did you catch the similarities?
4. Toward the end of movie, Star-Lord refers to Ronan the Accuser as “turd blossom.” This was also the nickname that former President George W. Bush used for Karl Rove, his Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor.
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5. The starport visited by Peter Quill and his crew was called Knowhere. It was the severed head of an ancient being called a Celestial, and no one knows how it ended up as a port of call at the end of the universe.
6. The opening scene was originally set to the song “Hooked On A Feeling,” but director James Gunn felt in the moment that “Come and Get Your Love” worked better, so he changed it on the spot.
7. Guardians was the first Marvel Universe film that grossed more than $300 million in America. Iron Man was supposed to make a cameo, but he didn’t due to contract issues with actor Robert Downey, Jr.
8. Star-Lord’s hilarious (but obscene) gesture from the trailer was actually improvised by Chris Pratt on set. This just goes to show why Pratt makes for the perfect Star-Lord. He didn’t even need Gunn to tell him what worked for his character!
9. The screenplay for Guardians was written by Nicole Perlman, the first woman to ever be credited as the writer of a Marvel screenplay. How cool is that? You go Nicole! Hopefully she is the first of many female writers for Marvel movies.
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10. Guardians of the Galaxy was the first non-Avengers Marvel movie that was produced by Disney. Many fans claim they can see images of Mickey Mouse hidden throughout the film…
11. Awesome Mix Vol. 1 was the first film soundtrack to reach number one on the billboard charts without a single original song on its list. This mix really spoke to the fans—and even those who didn’t see the film loved the soundtrack.
12. If you look closely, you can see three characters from other films trapped in cages. There’s a Dark Elf from Thor: The Dark World; a Chitauri from The Avengers; and a slug from Slither, which was also directed by James Gunn.
13. The original Guardians of the Galaxy from 1969 featured this lineup of characters: Vance Astro from Earth, Martinex from Pluto, Charlie-27 from Jupiter, and Yondu from Centauri IV. Yondu appears in the film, though a bit differently; he’s a space pirate, not an alien archer.
14. Director James Gunn brought a real raccoon named Oreo to the set in order to capture the spirit of Rocket for the big screen. Oreo was so helpful, Gunn even brought him to the movie’s red carpet premiere. How cute!
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15. James Gunn was ready to give Chris Pratt the role of Peter within 30 seconds of his audition. Gunn joked that if Pratt couldn’t get into shape in time for the film, that he would place a CGI six-pack on the actor’s stomach. (Pratt famously transformed his body.)
16. Best known for his portrayal of Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, Jason Momoa was supposed to play Drax—until he dropped out, saying that he didn’t want to be typecast as a big warrior guy. Instead he took the role of Aquaman, who is, well… a big warrior guy.
17. Karen Gillan, who played Nebula, actually shaved her head for the role and made a wig out of her hair. She wore the wig in real life, and when she played Nebula, she went totally bald.
18. The three lit-up circles on the Nova Corps armor are meant to represent the three suns of Xandar, their home planet. The center city of Xandar is actually shaped like the emblem on Nova’s helmet in the comic.
19. The blue alien in the Kyln, whom Groot picks up by the nostrils, was played by Nathan Fillion, who was a space cowboy and well-known for his title role as Richard Castle on ABC’s series Castle. Fillion’s upcoming roles include Cars 3, which hits theaters on June 16, 2017.
20. Check out Vin Diesel’s big reveal in this trailer. No one wants to miss the epic news about Marvel’s next production. Fans have been anticipating this surprise since the first Thanos post-credit scene…
21. Dave Bautista had to stand still for five hours while his body makeup was applied. It took another hour-and-a-half to remove it. But Chris Pratt reported that he never complained about it… not even once.
22. The post-credits scene featured Howard the Duck, who originally starred in his own existentialist comic. His film adaptation didn’t sit well with fans or critics. Nevertheless, Howard the Duck might be back for the Guardians sequel.
23. Ronan the Accuser’s spaceship, Dark Aster, is pretty darn big. In fact, it’s almost 16,000 feet tall, which is 11 times the size of the Empire State Building! It’s hard to imagine what it would look like in real life…
24. Chris Pratt stole (or “borrowed”) his Star-Lord costume to visit sick children in hospitals. Tons of Guardians fans were made to feel very special when the Star-Lord appeared for some kids who needed cheering up.
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25. Vin Diesel said the line “I am Groot” over a thousand times! He even said it while on stilts to make him feel more like his character, who is technically a tree. That’s some real method acting for you right there.
26. Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista practiced their fight scene for two-and-a-half months, but on the day of filming, James Gunn re-choreographed the entire thing. They only had a few hours to learn the new moves—and it took 22 takes to get the scene right.
27. Cosmo the dog was a main member of the Guardians in the original comic; in the film, he’s shown in the Collector’s Museum. The comic version characterized Cosmo as a Russian dog with psychic powers!
28. In the comic, Rocket Raccoon had a Cockney accent. The filmmakers gave Bradley Cooper some creative license for his portrayal, and his certainly was not a Cockney accent. Cooper says he drew inspiration from Tommy DeVito, who was Joe Pesci’s character in Goodfellas.
29. Vin Diesel credits Groot for getting him through a difficult personal time. Diesel’s co-star from The Fast and the Furious movies, Paul Walker, was killed in a car accident around the time Diesel shot his Guardians scenes. He said, “It was the first time I came back to dealing with human beings after dealing with death, so playing a character who celebrates life in the way Groot does, was very nice.”
30. The film’s costume designer, Alexandra Byrne, was fitting Djimon Honsou for his outfit when she remarked that he was so well-built, she could dress him in a beanbag and he would still make it look good. She’s probably right!
31. Chris Pratt says that his biggest influences for his portrayal of Peter Quinn were Han Solo and Marty McFly. The combination makes sense, especially when you consider the iconic red vest.
32. Bradley Cooper wasn’t able to make it to set every day of the shoot, so James Gunn’s brother, Sean (who is best known for his role as Kirk from Gilmore Girls) played the physical role of Rocket Raccoon. As a result, some of the raccoon’s lines were improvised or off-script!
33. Plenty of well-known actors auditioned for the part of Peter Quill, including John Krasinski, Eddie Redmayne, and Joseph Gordon Levitt. But the closest to getting the part, other than Chris Pratt, was Glenn Howerton, who is best known as Dennis on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. As a five-star man, Howerton probably would have made a great Star-Lord.
34. Some say that Guardians of the Galaxy has the highest on-screen body count ever. Not counting the destruction of the Death Star and planet of Alderaan in Star Wars, Guardians‘ total deaths reach somewhere around 83,871.
35. Some fans argue that the scene where Gamora’s ship was destroyed and she floats in the vacuum of space—only to be saved by Peter Quill when he flies to her and gives her his breathing mask—is unlikely. Well, NASA actually did some research and verified that this is, in fact, a completely possible scenario.
36. Peter Quill’s ship is called Milano after ’80s actress Alyssa Milano. Using it for looting and piracy, Quill established his reputation as an intergalactic criminal since he was 10 years old. No wonder he’s such an expert handler with Milano!
37. Director James Gunn actually recorded his own dance moves for the animators to follow while creating the fan favorite Baby Groot. Everyone thought this part of the film was hilarious, but James’ dancing is pretty funny, too.
38. At first, Marvel wanted Adam Sandler or Jim Carrey to play the role of Rocket Raccoon. But in the end, Bradley Cooper got the part and still brought a ton of personality and comedy to the character. Can you imagine any other actor?
Wow, these facts are incredible! Guardians of the Galaxy was already a fun movie to watch, but knowing this trivia, it may be time to watch it again!