‘They’ve Gotten Better at Their Jobs’: James Gunn Reveals He Doesn’t “Bash” Guardians of the Galaxy Actors Anymore Like He Used To


People evolve and mature over time and James Gunn can personally attest to it. To say that fans are anticipating the return of their favorite intergalactic heroes would be an understatement. With the confirmation of the third installment being the last standalone film dedicated to our beloved team of space-farers, we can deduce that the film would be emotional for more reasons than one. At the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, the cast and crew of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 shared some tidbits about what the filming process was like and what fans can look forward to.

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James Gunn Comments On The Scale Of The Last Installment

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director, James Gunn

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Gunn saw his reintroduction to the Marvel franchise on March 2019. Previously, over some older tweets that had resurfaced, the director was fired in 2018 by Disney. After being fired, Gunn spent the following months introspecting and concentrating on other tasks as a renowned director that demanded his wholehearted attention. Now that he’s back in the MCU game, people are naturally curious about how things have progressed for the acclaimed director. After the SDCC panel, Gunn talked about his coming-back experiences with The Hollywood Reporter.

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James Gunn says Vol. 3 is the biggest movie in the franchise

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Gunn, first and foremost, expressed his enthusiasm about the upcoming Guardians film. What most fans realized and what the director himself confirmed, is that the scale is high, but so are the stakes. According to the screenwriter, the film is “much more emotional,” in comparison to the franchise’s first two installments. While we are promised a more emotional side to our ragtag team of superheroes, the director also confirmed that the length of the movie is longer, as well. In his own words, the last in the series of films is, “bigger in every way.”


James Gunn On How Much The Actors Have Grown

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James Gunn comments on how much the actors have grown

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According to Gunn, his return felt quite authentic. The actors have progressed at their own pace, and the director does not have to “bash them around” anymore. To express his respect for and familiarity with the cast and their continued hard work, Gunn had the following to say:


“I’m really familiar with the actors, so I know what they have to do. They’ve gotten better at their jobs so that I don’t have to bash them around so much. In a lot of ways, it was really easy, it’s really natural for me. I understand this.”

The Suicide Squad director also commented on how he wanted to extend the limits of his creativity with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The director plans to do something “completely different” with the franchise’s legacy, heeding to the present and the future while honoring the past. It is clear to say that not only has the director matured in his creative field, but he has also grown with his experiences.

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Karen Gillan Says Vol. 3 Is Emotional

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Karen Gillan talks about the emotional shooting process

Since we are talking about growing into experiences, we simply can’t not mention actress Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula in the franchise. The character progression that the fans saw was an astounding one and many cannot wait for what the actress has to offer in the latest endeavor. When stating the emotional reception of the cast upon seeing the first, exclusive look of Vol. 3 at SDCC, the actress reaffirmed, and said, It was emotional making it, for sure.” While there were fun scenes to film, the emotional scenes were much tougher to get through. This is what the actress said:

“There are scenes where the emotion is heavier than it’s ever been in the Guardians world. It was hard to get through some of it.”

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Furthermore, the actress said how the third installment feels like an “epic” emotional, tale for the characters we have all grown up with. According to Gillan, what also proved grueling was the feeling of coming to terms with how “this is the end of an era.” However, much like the director and the other cast members, the actress cannot wait for the fans to see the finished product, no matter how much of an emotional rollercoaster it will be.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will release in your nearest theatres on 5th May 2023.

Source: THR


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