Yondu Actor Reveals He’s Star-Lord’s Father Figure in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
In an interview with USA Today, former The Walking Dead actor Michael Rooker has revealed that his role as Yondu in next month’s Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t just a cameo but an important part of the team, and Star-Lord’s history. Rooker says that Yondu is seen by Peter Quill as a surrogate father figure after the blue-skinned character took him in after an unspecified tragedy on Earth.
"He's feeling lost, vulnerable, defeated, emotionally drained and hurt, and here is Yondu in this light coming down and brings him up into the spacecraft and takes him away," Rooker told USA Today’s Brian Truitt. "It might have been pretty horrific, but also a bit cool."
According to USA Today, Yondu takes in the young Peter Quill as part of an “outer-space biker gang” known as the Ravagers. Quill grows up as part of the team,
Rooker says that writer/director James Gunn wrote the role of Yondu specifically for him as an actor after working other on several previous movies, but rebels from the team during a heist of a mysterious orb of power (presumably the one seen in the trailer). After this double-cross, Quill and Yondu end up at odds with Rooker saying his character pursues Star-Lord and his new friends in the Guardians of the Galaxy in tandem with Ronan the Accuser.
“[Yondu has] some interesting issues — not a good guy, not a bad guy,” Rooker explains. “There's hope and there's a heart inside Yondu. It's not so black and white — I should say blue and white. And I enjoy roles that are like that, even if they're not in some galaxy somewhere other than ours."
And speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel released another TV Spot, and this one doesn’t have a catchy song or a focus on humor and heart; no, this one is all action.
See Ronan the Accuser in action while others talk about his threat, copious quick battle shots, and of course, at least one quip from Rocket Raccoon right at the end.
ANT-MAN’s Michael Douglas Opens Up on Edgar Wright’s Hasty Exit
Fans were aghast when word came out that Edgar Wright had left Marvel’s Ant-Man movie earlier this year after nearly a decade of talking about it, and now Collider.com has the first real conversation with a primary actor on the production about the cult director’s departure. In an interview conducted by Perri Nemiroff, Michael Douglas (who will play an elder Hank Pym in next year’s Ant-Man) said the director’s “individual spirit” might have been at odds with Marvel’s movie methodology.
“I’m not the producer on it and I’m an actor for hire, and, you know, Marvel certainly has a pretty amazing track record, rightly or wrongly, so I think it just was that kind of combination where although they like the idea of the individual and somebody with Edgar’s individual spirit and everything, maybe just collided with an operation – I think they’re all on relatively decent terms.”
Douglas goes on to say that Wright’s departure was a “big disappointment” because Wright spent so many years working on the script and originally convinced Marvel to greenlight the project in the first place. Douglas goes on to confirm that filming of Ant-Man is slated to begin this August in Atlanta, and that he’ll be at Comic-Con International: San Diego to promote the upcoming film.
First Look Video from Netflix's DAREDEVIL NYC Shoot
And staying with Marvel Studios' productions, while Guardians of the Galaxy might be on the top of everyone’s minds as the next major comic book flick, following that – although on the small screen – is the television series Daredevil. And now the eagle-eyed sources at Latino Review have the first photos and video from the set of the series in New York.
Shown in the set photos and video is a New York intersection with an overturned truck and a wrecked car. Also seen is a young man being helped up from the ground, which Latino Review says is an actor playing a young Matt Murdock. This would infer that these photos and video are from the filming of a scene of Murdock’s accident which blinded him and gave him his superhuman powers. Latino Review’s source says that the unnamed child actor screams “I can’t see!” during filming.
The filming of Daredevil is apparently working under the cover name of “Bluff,” and the filming of this scene was done in New York City at the intersection of 115th and 7th, but the street signs were changed to read 43rd and 9th.