Sean Gunn, one of the stars of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, has discussed what it’s like to play two different characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There have been a handful of actors who have been lucky enough to play two different comic book characters in their careers, people like Ryan Reynolds and Chris Evans, for example. But playing two different characters in the MCU at once? Well, for that we have to look to Sean Gunn.
Playing both Kraglin and the on-set motion reference for Rocket, Gunn certainly is in a unique position. Speaking to ComicBook.com, Gunn revealed how both roles came to him pretty much at the same time:
“I had known that he [his brother James Gunn] was working on the movie and he told me that he had a small-ish role for me. I had to get approval from Disney, but that he thought it was gonna work out and that role was Kraglin. But he also said that he was maybe going to ask me to do something for one of the CGI characters, but he wasn’t sure what it was yet.”
Once he arrived on set, he was asked to stand in for Rocket: “We didn’t know what that meant yet. Like at that point, we thought that it might just mean me reading the lines off camera for the other actors because he wanted an actor doing that job and not a first AD or a PA or something.
“When I arrived in London just about a week later, it all moved really fast. It was like, okay, you ready to go? You’re coming to London in a week for six months. And so when I arrived then we sort of figured out Rocket on the fly. I read Rocket in the first table read that we did, and then when we started rehearsals, I just got down on my hands and knees and started doing it from the character’s height and position. And lo and behold, that’s what ended up really working. And since the formula worked, we’ve stuck with it for four movies.”
There you have it! It’s funny how these things come together. Of course, we can hopefully look forward to seeing Gunn return in future Guardians movies and Rocket will certainly be seen in Avengers: Endgame.