There’s plenty to draw people to Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” with one of the biggest being actor Kurt Russell taking on the role of Ego the Living Planet – a being who also happens to be the father or Star Lord himself Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).
It’s a superb bit of casting as Pratt’s cheeky yet cool everyman schtick he uses in his films is the same thing Russell did so well for various films in his career, most notably “Big Trouble in Little China”. Speaking with io9, Russell revealed that casting rumors involving him for the ‘Guardians’ sequel are what led him to check out the first film and to see Pratt at work:
“I was doing publicity for Hateful Eight and, suddenly, people started saying, ‘Is it true? Are you going to play Peter Quill’s father?’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ I just wasn’t aware of it. Within about three minutes of watching Chris, as soon as he kicked one of those lemmings, I went, ‘Okay. That’s cool.’ That’s my kinda guy. I know where that kind of goof comes from.
It’s fun to be living now in a time when a younger generation understands what I was doing. The older guys, my age, they didn’t know what the f–k I was doing. They really didn’t. You can go back and read about it. It was like, ‘What is that?’ I think it’s funny.
So to be at this point in my life and be able to not only… have a generation that accepts you for what you were doing before anybody else was… to be able to take that and grow that, it’s nice. Because it has a lot to do with my personality and the way I look at life and stuff. And so, it’s a nicer time for me than it was 30 years ago… and yeah, it’s a bit of an opportunity to take advantage of the way I created some guys in the past that you guys, the people your age are more in tune with. You understood it.”
Judging by Pratt’s recent Instagram video, which you can see below, the admiration is mutual. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which also features an unofficial “Tango & Cash” reunion via a Sylvester Stallone cameo, opens May 5th and tickets just went on sale.