Although Marvel animators can largely do anything these days, including giving life to Groot and making him the heart and soul of the entire Guardiansfilm, the one thing they needed a bit of help with was Rocket. Seeing as he’s such an integral part of the film – and considering how Bradley Cooper wasn’t available during filming to work with his co-stars – director James Gunn had to call in an unlikely source to play the motion-capture part of Rocket on set; his brother Sean. Getting the call just a week before a five month shoot, Sean Gunn was tasked with reading Rocket’s lines on set and wearing a form-fitting green onesie. The actor said that he was game for whatever it was that his brother wanted him to do, which at first was just simulating a walking raccoon on set. So Sean Gunn walked around on his hands and knees, became an integral part of scenes, and eventually started improvising lines as Rocket. In fact, a line that James Gunn credits as being his favorite in the entire movie – the one where Rocket says the Guardians are “a bunch of jackasses standing in a circle” – was one that came from his brother on-set and was then re-recorded by Bradley Cooper to be included in the completed film.
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