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James Gunn

James Gunn [4]

Born:August 5, 1970 (51)
Filmography Rating:7.34 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.86 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.03 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:72.76%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Scooby-Doo [2002](32) => Writer
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed [2004](34) => Writer
Guardians of the Galaxy [2014](44) => Director / Writer / Maskless Sakaaran
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [2017](47) => Director / Writer

Trivia that mentions this person:
Guardians of the Galaxy [2014]
  • The casting of Howard the Duck was the idea of the film's editor [?] Fred Raskin. [?] Kevin Feige loved it - James Gunn recalled "he couldn't stop laughing every time he saw it, he was like, 'We're f****** crazy!"
  • Director James Gunn has confirmed, via Twitter, that Peter Quill's ship in the film is named The Milano after Alyssa Milano, Peter Quill's childhood crush.
  • Director James Gunn didn't want to see Chris Pratt auditioning. He was convinced later by his assistant, at the end of the auditions. After Pratt read for 30 seconds, Gunn stated that then he knew that Pratt was perfect for the role. He stated that Chris's audition was so good, that he was prepared to offer him the role even if Pratt did not lose weight and get in shape in time. Gunn joked that he was willing to CGI a six pack on Pratt's body. However, Pratt asked him to give him 6 months to lose 50 pounds and he ended up losing 60 pounds.
  • According to James Gunn, Star-Lord's obscene gesture was an improvisation by Chris Pratt.
    Ant-Man [2015]
  • The director of this film, Peyton Reed, was considered to direct Guardians of the Galaxy, another Marvel Studios film, which was later directed by James Gunn. Reed was also attached at one point, to direct Fantastic Four, a film adaptation based on another Marvel property, that was released by 20th Century Fox.
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [2017]
  • When James Gunn was writing the script for the movie, and proposed the idea of Ego the Living Planet being Star-Lord's father, Marvel had told him that they did not have the rights to Ego, whose rights were with 20th Century Fox, because of his ties to the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer franchises. Since Gunn did not have any other characters in mind for Star-Lord's father, he had to ask Fox if he could use the character. Fortunately, Fox agreed to let Marvel have Ego, in return for Fox having more creative freedom regarding Negasonic Teenage Warhead's set of superpowers in Deadpool.
  • According to James Gunn, he wanted John C. Reilly to reprise his role as Nova Corpsman Dey, but couldn't due to scheduling conflicts.
  • James Gunn cast Michelle Yeoh in the film as a tribute to 1990s Hong Kong films, of which he is a fan.
  • James Gunn said in a Instagram post in August 2017, that [Farscape] was one of his all time favorite scifi shows. So when he ran into the show's star, Ben Browder, a couple of years ago at the Saturn Awards, he asked him if he'd make a cameo. He thankfully agreed and can be seen as the Sovereign Admiral with Ayesha.
  • James Gunn clearly stated that this sequel would not set up Avengers: Infinity War. He also went on record in an interview that he wants to give Nebula her own spin-off movie.
  • James Gunn brought in fractal artist [?] Hal Tenny to help design Ego's planet form.
  • James Gunn previously said that Stan Lee's cameo in this film is one of the four Lee cameos filmed in one day. In addition to this film, Gunn directed two other cameos, one being Doctor Strange, and another one in which he did not specify.
  • According to James Gunn, Kurt Russell was de-aged for the film's opening flashback (set in the 1980s) by visual effects company Lola VFX, in what was a "long, painstaking process that took many, many months to accomplish." He continued, "I know Lola did Michael Douglas, and I think they did Tony Stark and Steve Rogers as well. They're the best at what they do, and keep getting better."
  • According to James Gunn, the reason why Groot always freezes when Drax catches him dancing, is because he knows Drax disapproves of it. This is reinforced when Drax explains that he was attracted to his late wife, because she steadfastly did not dance.
  • Director James Gunn revealed that he and Producer [?] Kevin Feige wanted David Bowie to appear in a cameo before his death on January 10, 2016.
  • James Gunn choreographed and served as the motion-capture model for Groot's dance during the opening credits sequence. It took the visual effects team nearly two years to complete the CG rendering of the scene for the final film.
  • As Groot only communicates with the phrase, "I am Groot", in different inflections, James Gunn created a "Groot Version" of the script for him and Vin Diesel, which contains each of Groot's lines in English.
  • There was some fan speculation as to whether or not Baby Groot was a reborn version of the original and retained all of his original memories, as is the case in the comic books. James Gunn stated that Baby Groot does not have the original's memories, and is a different creature, meaning the original Groot did actually die in the first film.
    Avengers: Infinity War [2018]
  • James Gunn made one change to the original script: originally, Peter was not able to bring himself to fulfill his promise to kill Gamora if Thanos captured her. In the final film, Peter does try to kill her, but is prevented from doing so by Thanos.
    Pacific Rim: Uprising [2018]
  • James Gunn filmed a cameo as a DJ, but it ended up being deleted from the finished movie. Gunn joked on Twitter that the scene was omitted so that his character could be saved for his own spin-off movie.