James Gunn has discovered that a former Marvel Studios boss was closely examining Bradley Cooper’s use in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. The first film was an unexpected hit for Marvel – while the Guardians had existed in some structure in the Funnies since 1969, they were moderately dark for the general crowd.
Gunn, who composed and coordinated the film, figured out how to accomplish an unimaginable feat – the main film’s strength alone was enough to bring the nominally superhuman group to glory alongside pillars like Spider-Man and Captain America. Much of the allure came from the film’s extremely skilled and enjoyable cast – driven by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Cooper.
Cooper portrayed Rocket Raccoon, who, as the name suggests, is a talking raccoon. Solid glimpses of Rocket’s past before joining the Guardians are not remarkable, though. Fans realize that he relied on some sort of experimentation to harm him and that Rocket is generally skeptical.
While Cooper gives Rocket no movement catch on set (honor goes to Gunn’s sibling Sean), he does give the character’s voice. Most of the crowds were shocked the first time they heard Cooper’s presentation – as Rocket’s voice was very far from Cooper’s general tone and practically unrecognizable.
Gunn and Cooper’s decision not to use the entertainer’s common voice when playing Rocket is an anomaly when compared to famous Hollywood patterns.
Something like the Lion King’s new lifelike alteration is an ideal example of this pattern – the elegant cast included heavyweights like Donald Glover, Beyonce, and Seth Rogen, who (generally) sounded very close to what their signature voices sound like.