MANILA -- After almost three years, "Guradians of the Galaxy" returns to the big screen, promising lots of action, plenty of laughs, spectacular visual effects and a uber cool soundtrack.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” still features the original cast with new characters to make the story even more exciting. It stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Tommy Flanagan as Tulik, Laura Haddock as Meredith Quill, with Sylvester Stallone as Stakar, and Kurt Russell as Ego.
Director James Gunn also created a team of industry experts including director of photography Henry Braham, production designer Scott Chambliss, editors Fred Raskin and Craig Wood, three-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky, Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend, stunt coordinator Thomas Robinson Harper and six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick.
"Guardians of the Galaxy," 2014’s highest grossing film of the summer, was created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan. It was introduced in 1969 as a team of heroes in the 31st century.
Beyond these basic facts, here are some fun facts you might not know about the movie.
1. Gunn wanted the look of the film to have the feels of early pulp novels from the ‘50s and ‘60s. He took inspiration from the vintage Wally Wood art, as well as from both the original and the 1980s “Flash Gordon.”
2. Elizabeth Debicki, the actress who plays Ayesha, is 6-foot-3 but Gunn wanted her to be even taller so she would tower over Chris Pratt. With platform shoes added, Debicki rose to 6-foot-7 and topped the already tall Pratt by five inches.
3. Ravagers, an interstellar group of criminals, received expanded roles in the movie. To cope with this, costume designer Judianna Makovsky and her team made over 200 Ravagers costumes with more design details and realism.
4. On the first film, Drax’s makeup took an average of about three and a half hours to do. The team eventually designed a new process that trimmed the time spent for makeup to one hour and 18 minutes. This new also prosthetic allows Bautista’s muscles and definition to be seen through it.
5. To inspire his actors, Gunn played many of the actual songs from the film while scenes were being shot. Actors had to wear earbuds so that they could hear the music during their performances. It is believed to have helped them to evoke emotion and drama appropriate for the scenes.
6. Baby Groot was first sculpted based on artwork created by the Marvel Studios’ visual development team. After the maquette was made by Legacy Effects, it was turned over to the visual effects team to start building Baby Groot, as well as figuring out how he moves and shows expressions.
7. The film’s Props Department had to create an edible bug for a scene. An illustrator first drew the insect based on a stinkbug. Then they used a 3D printer to grow it to scale and put a cool-looking paint job on it. Next molds were made so that edible versions could be made out of chocolate.
8. In a scene early on in the movie, viewers will notice homemade speakers that were made to look like the Guardians put them together. It actually took drawings of about 300 different styles of speakers in 45 different colors to finally get to the speaker used in the movie. They constructed 15 sets all in all.
9. Casting the Ravagers was fun for Gunn since he was able to work with some of his best friends. Apart from his brother Sean Gunn, who plays Kraglin and Michael Rooker, who plays Yondu, Gunn’s buddies include comedian Steve Agee, who plays Gef the Ravager; Stephen Blackehart, who plays Brahl, Retch played by Evan Jones; and Halfnut played by Jimmy Urine, the lead singer for the band Mindless Self Indulgence.
10. And, of course, Gunn’s adorable dog has a cameo -- for the second time.
Produced by Marvel Studios, the movie is now showing in cinemas. Visit www.facebook.com/MarvelPhilippines for more updates about the film and other Marvel creations.
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