James Gunn’s The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special has a special appearance. The trailer for the special edition of the franchise includes a special appearance of Hollywood star Kevin Bacon. However, this has caused a small conflict among MCU fans. Bacon earlier appeared as the mutant Nazi scientist, Sebastian Shaw in X-Men: First Class. The upcoming appearance, however, does not involve any character as the Sleepers star would be playing himself in the Holiday Special.
In his recent interview with Variety, James Gunn addressed the conflict and shared how he kept on insisting to do a Holiday Special for the Guardians of the Galaxy. The director has earlier worked with Kevin Bacon in the 2010 action comedy Super.
James Gunn Discusses Kevin Bacon’s MCU Debut
Kevin Bacon was the main antagonist in the 2011 movie X-Men: First Class. And now that the American actor is all set to appear in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, fans have some doubts over his presence in the MCU.
However, James Gunn has said that the best thing about the Holiday Special is Kevin Bacon. He said that his upcoming appearance does not have anything to do with his past or possible future appearance in the MCU.
“The best thing for the holiday special is Kevin Bacon, and if that means that Kevin Bacon is a different character later on in the MCU, it doesn’t really matter. It’s not real,” the director said.
He also said he wanted to have the real Kevin Bacon in the Holiday Special and no one else could have played him better than himself. James Gunn said, “He was the perfect person to cast as Kevin Bacon. If we had cast John Schneider as Kevin Bacon, it wouldn’t have worked as well.”
In Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord is portrayed as a huge Kevin Bacon fan. There have been several references to the actor and his films in the MCU.
The Holiday Special focuses on the Guardians celebrating Christmas on Earth. After seeing Star-Lord sad, his teammates Drax and Mantis try to cheer him with the ultimate Christman gift, his beloved star, Kevin Bacon.
Kevin Bacon Does not Like Christman
James Gunn revealed that Kevin Bacon was his first choice for the Holiday Special. He said that he would have to “recast with a different actor,” but he was glad he got the Super actor.
While the film is called Holiday Special and is totally focused on Christman, the director revealed Bacon was not a big fan of the festival. “Kevin doesn’t like Christmas. That part was hilarious to me,” Gunn said. The Suicide Squad director further shared that Bacon’s house looks nothing like they have shown in the film.
“I have Kevin showing up on set in what is supposed to be his house, and it’s filled with all these enormous inflatables. It looks like Santa Claus vomited all over the Bacon house, which looks nothing like Kevin Bacon’s house in any way.”
However, the Footless still star agreed to work with Gunn in the Holiday Special. James Gunn called him professional, egoless, and a really kind person. The Slither director shared that he wanted to do the holiday special for a long time. So, when Kevin Feige approved the film, he was excited to finally bring it on-screen.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will premiere on 25 November on Disney+.