Director James Gunn is currently putting together the big screen adaptation of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. One of the characters charged with keeping the world safe is Rocket Raccoon. In order to properly depict the animal on-screen, the filmmaker decided to do some research.
Gunn recently invited a live raccoon to the set of his upcoming blockbuster. Since Gunn is no stranger to the world of social media — following him on Twitter and Vine is highly recommended — he decided to share his encounter with Rocket Raccoon’s real life counterpart on WhoSay.
“I’ve just hired a new gaffer for the shoot. Chewing on wires is good, right?” the director joked.
Gunn told the folks at Hey U Guys that he was taking Rocket Raccoon very seriously.
We’ve done photography with them, I’ve played with raccoons, and fed raccoons, and dealt a lot with real raccoons to get some of the behavior down, because it’s really, really important to me that Rocket Raccoon — who is the heart of the movie — is not a cartoon character. It’s not Bugs Bunny in the middle of ‘The Avengers.’ It’s a real, little, somewhat mangled beast that’s alone. There’s no one else in the universe quite like him, he’s been created by these guys to be a mean-ass fighting machine.
For those unfamiliar with the source material, Guardians of the Galaxy tells the story of an intergalactic police force dedicated to ridding the universe of evil. In order to bring these unique characters to life, Gunn has assembled an impressive group of very talented actors.
Currently on-board for the project are Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond, Lee Pace, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, and Karen Gillan. If all goes according to plan, then the movie is should hit theaters on August 1, 2014.
You can find James Gunn’s encounter with the furry creature below. Are you looking forward to James Gunn’s adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy?