Slither was a very, very difficult shoot,” said Gunn. “But some of those people are still my best friends, obviously. Michael Rooker, Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks — they’re still people that I see all the time and love dearly. My favorite moment was probably going out to dinner with those guys, and also Gregg Henry, [at] an expensive sushi restaurant in Vancouver, and Michael Rooker kung fu-kicking himself in the face somehow, and breaking his glasses.
I didn’t get the first part of this on camera, but I gave him a scarf that I made for him and he put it on and told me he loved it. He hugged me and held my hand and kissed my cheek and called me baby, and I think I actually fell in love. Then he asked if he could give me something extra, and signed a Yondu picture for me (on top of the Merle picture he’d already signed.) Honestly, he is so sweet and sexy and I’m head over heels ♥️
'Guardians' gaffe: How Michael Rooker nearly messed up Yondu's major 'Vol. 2' moment (spoilers)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was, like its predecessor, an amusing intergalactic affair, melding superhero action and absurd comedy to winning effect — as evidenced by its $862 million worldwide box-office haul. However, not everything about writer-director James Gunn’s sequel was laugh-out-loud funny, given that it also featured the death of one of its beloved characters [spoilers ahead]: Yondu, the blue-skinned space pirate with the ability to control deadly arrows via whistling. Although if you ask star Michael Rooker (who played Yondu in both movies), that demise was less sorrowful than snooze-worthy.
In our exclusive new interview with the acclaimed actor (above), Rooker confesses that, during filming of Yondu’s funeral scene, he actually fell asleep. “By the time they put the little thing over my eyes, I was, like, out man!” he admits while being playfully teased by co-stars Karen Gillan (Nebula) and Pom Klementieff (Mantis). And not only was he catching some Zs during production — he was actually snoring, to the point that Gillan could hear him making noise from across the room. Which, we guess, proves that the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making movie magic isn’t always as glamorous as one might imagine.
To hear more from our chat with Rooker — who also comments on the outtakes that fans can expect to see on the blockbuster’s upcoming home-video release — check out our video above. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is available on Digital HD now, and on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday.
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