By Mandy Cordero 02-18-15
“Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Sean Gunn took on several roles during the film’s production. On-screen he’s the rough and rugged Kraglin Obfonteri, a member of the group that captures the main character, Peter Quill, and takes him away from his earthly home. What viewers don’t see on screen are the other roles he plays.
Bradley Cooper may be the comical voice of the film’s breakout star, Rocket Raccoon, but it was Gunn who wore the green-screen body suit on set to give the character life. Under the supervision of visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti, Gunn created the body movements for the almost 2 foot tall digital character.
“I would try to find how to best represent what rocket was doing in that scene. For example, in the scene where we’re talking about 12% of a plan, I would just get my body down exactly where Rocket is in the scene and the most important thing to me is to get my eyes, where Rockets eyes would be ultimately in the scene,” he told WEBN in Los Angeles today.
Preparing for the role meant getting into shape for the strenuous duty of recreating such a small character. Gunn spent a lot of time crouched down, creating the characters height and movements.
He interacted with the other screen actors from this level. Generally they would stare at an empty space while a voice actor read lines from off camera. Gunn offered them the opportunity to work with a physical representation of the animated character.
“It was amazing. I’ve seen some dailies and maybe a snippet of a scene or two here and there, but I didn’t see any of the finished product until I actually sat in the theater on the night of the premiere. It was mind-blowing. It’s really gratifying to see all of the work that goes into making something like that, knowing that I was a part of it. Whatever I contributed, I was proud,” said Gunn.