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Welcome to WatchTank and today we are counting down picks to reveal to you the ten things we bet you never knew about the movie ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.
All of us have memories attached to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. So, we would love to hear about the hidden facts.
But we won’t mind a flashback, right?!
Guardians of the Galaxy or better known as the Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1, is a 2014 American superhero film based on the superhero team of the same name from the famous Marvel Comics. Produced by Marvel Studios, and then later distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, this is the 10th film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Guardians of the Galaxy was directed by James Gunn, who also got credited for writing the screenplay with Nicole Perlman. The most striking feature of the movie is its ensemble cast featuring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper as the primary Guardians. The list of names also includes Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro.
In the film, Peter Quill and a group of extra-terrestrial criminals try to avoid getting caught after stealing a powerful artefact.
Woooow! That was cool, right?! That was some level of expertise to achieve for a 1980s-themed space saga.
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10. The most amazing special effects placed in a movie
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is the most prominent among all the productions from the MCU. The special effects that we see here are amazingly breath-taking, especially while discussing the various fantastical locations and imagery. It needs no guesses that a whole lot of hard work and effort have gone into forming animations of such excellent quality.
For instance, Ego’s planet contains almost a trillion polygons. To be specific, these are the figures created and generated with CGI. This movie also made a record of creating the biggest visual effect of all time.
Just a small example of the pressure the crew had to the endure: Remember, the opening scene of Baby Groot dancing, that lasted only a few minutes in the movie? Well, it almost took two years to complete.
9. Even we want the translations
“I am Groot.”- Groot has become famous due to this dialogue. It is easy to figure out every time he says this because each time he does, there is a different meaning attached to it.
James Gunn revealed that while the recording for Guardians 2 was on, Vin Diesel was handed a script that had every single translation for every time Groot repeats ‘I am Groot’. This was done so that he could capture the emotions well and deliver his dialogue better.
As per speculations, these translations might have a public revelation. Will they ever be? Well, only time will tell.
8. A Walkman made especially for the Guardians of the Galaxy
As Marvel fans, all of us remember the Walkman (common in all the franchise) Star Lord used to listen to his classic tunes from the ’70s and ’80s. However, while preparing props during the production of Guardians 2, the department had a tough time dealing with this.
They had to find several replicas of the same model of Walkman. But because of a fire that broke out in the Sony warehouse, they couldn’t find the actual copies of that specific model. As a result, they had to
take the pain of building that very model of the Walkman, right from scratch.
7. We missed the cameo by Ziggy Stardust
We don’t need to say this, but it is a known fact that music and pop-culture largely influenced the Guardians of the Galaxy. So, this shouldn’t come as a surprise that James Gunn, who was in contact with David Bowie, wanted him to do a cameo in Volume 2.
However, the latter’s untimely and tragic death brought Gunn’s plans to an abrupt and unsatisfying end.
That was a sheer miss!
6. Ego was a sudden introduction to the script
Kurt Russell’s ‘Ego’ was certainly one of the greatest Marvel performances. The character has also carved a niche for himself for being one of the best villains ever produced by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
However, he was never a part of the original script. Ego had originally belonged to 21st Century Fox. However, the character was not used in the movies back then.
Before the production started, Marvel and Fox struck a deal. Marvel brough the rights of Ego and Fox acquired the rights to Negasonic Teenage Warhead who featured in the Deadpool series.
5. Nebula got to munch on the props
Now, what on earth does that mean? Well, as we have already stated, the props department got incredibly creative with Guardians of the Galaxy. That included creating edible props.
Do you remember the scene where ‘Nebula’ (Karen Gillan) is seen eating an unripe yarrow root?
The production notes revealed that the prop master Russell Bobbit came up with this excellent plan to create a mould of the plant, made from real radish roots. However, the prop itself was made from non-dairy white chocolate.
As per the tradition, Bobbitt took the first bite to show the actors that the prop was edible.
4. A hint of the future, or a simple Easter egg?
Right before Ego revealed his proper intentions to Quill, he touched his forehead and that placed Quill into a trance. His eyes went blank and they suddenly got replaced with a black landscape with stars shining throughout.
Quill, mesmerized by this scene, replied that he saw Eternity. In the comics, as we all know, Eternity is the leader of abstract entities called The Cosmic Powers. This Eternity gets formed into a giant man whose body is a human-shaped starfield.
This could have been an Easter egg stating the future of the MCU or maybe just a Freudian slip.
3. Using Sauna for make-up removal
All of us kind of got impressed by the full-body makeup, and body art of Drax’s character. During the production of Guardians of the Galaxy, it took almost three hours every day to apply the entire thing.
There’s doubt of the fact that the makeup removal was tough. So every day after the shoot ended, Bautista (Drax) would go and sit in a sauna to sweat the makeup off.
That’s a cool thing to do! Want to try?!
2. How was it to voice a racoon?
The CGI department had real trouble in filming the first Guardians of the Galaxy. They were not sure how Rocket talks so they had a problem designing him. The facial structure was so different from a human’s that they couldn’t risk it by using motion capture.
To increase the work, for every line that Bradley Cooper voiced, the CGI department had to make every single facial animation from scratch.
When Guardians Vol 2 came along, the team quoted that they had to match the first pass of Rocket’s lines and then sync that with Bradley Cooper expressions. Then they attempted a second pass to adjust the animation as the character had a long muzzle and they wanted ‘to make it look even better’.
Now, before the final word, a few honorary mentions
Screening of the Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy had its premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on July 21, 2014. The theatrical release happened in the United States on August 1, as a part of Phase Two of the MCU. The film gained success both critically, and commercially, grossing $772.8 million worldwide. It was the highest-grossing superhero film of 2014 and the third highest-grossing film of 2014.
Awards and accolades
The film got praised for its screenplay, direction, acting, humour, soundtrack, visual effects, and of course, the action sequences. At the 87th Academy Awards, the film got nominations for the Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. It also won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 2015.
1. The idea of a Boltzmann Brain
The thought that Ego suddenly recognised his own existence and started manipulating the particles around him to create another world is simply based on the idea of a Boltzmann Brain. This thought suggests that every being in this universe exists in separation from each other. What we perceive is the reality that we have created. The actual interaction between human beings doesn’t exist in reality.
What an intriguing theory, right?!
The movie Guardians of the Galaxy is so much more than a movie. Apart from the techniques it used, the entire concept was timeless, which never gets old. We are anxious to see the third film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is still in the development stage.
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