Chris Pratt and James Gunn in the MCU F-Bomb – The Hollywood Reporter
Chris Pratt and James Gunn have never been happier to lobby together.
As it’s well documented, there was a time when they didn’t have a chance to beat Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy together, so the chance to share more laughs and spoil each other’s chops is more satisfying, especially before Gunn leaves the MCU for the DCU.
Any day now, Pratt can also expect to hear from another MCU mainstay, Samuel L. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. But the Minnesota-born, Washington-raised actor admits the whole situation is a little overblown, like when a network show like NYPD Blue And Chicago Hope They were praised for saying the word “fuck” for the first time on the telecast.
“It’s funny that that was turned into something else. It reminds me of that age.” south garden episode [‘It Hits the Fan,’ which spoofs NYPD Blue saying ‘shit’ for the first time]Pratt says Hollywood Reporter. “[Peter Quill’s F-bomb] It is said in the most carelessly comedic way.”
Gunn adds, “Yeah, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s silly. But what makes it so funny is that it was thrown away and came out of nowhere.”
since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 The latest installment with the current iteration of Guardians, the movie is definitely a more emotional experience than the previous one, and that’s especially true of Pratt’s Star-Lord. In most of the marketing for the movie, there’s a glimpse of Quill screaming and sobbing at someone or something, and for Pratt, the process behind that scene required him to revisit his ups and downs.
“Everyone goes through a bad situation in their life…but when you open it up to get somewhere, emotionally, on camera, your mind doesn’t go, ‘Oh, that was fake. ‘” You’re good,” says Pratt. “You have to get away from it, and it won’t go away for a while until you do the work to bring it back. So, for me, that was a complicated moment, but it was also a complicated night after that.”
Below, during a recent conversation with THRGunn also reflects on moments he’ll never forget, including several very emotional scenes for Pratt.
James, who was leaving games on your screen anonymously while filming?
James Jean: This was mostly Steve [Ceretti]Who’s our visual effects supervisor? He was leaving the games, but he had a lot of collaborators who were helping him do it.
Chris, has Sam Jackson sent you an angry text yet regarding you getting the MCU’s first F-bomb?
Chris Pratt: (He laughs.) No, not yet, but I expect it to be soon. It’s pretty cool, but it’s kind of funny that it could be made into something else. It reminds me of that age south garden episode [“It Hits the Fan,” which spoofs NYPD Blue saying “shit” for the first time]. Do you guys remember when NYPD Blue said “sh**” on network TV?
Gan: Yes Yes! It was a big deal.
Pratt: They make quite a bit of it, and then everyone gets ready to hear the guy say, “Man, you’ve got some shit in your mouth.” And he was like, “Wow, he said it!” (He laughs.) So that’s interesting [the F-bomb] It has become something more than anything, because it is told in the most comically careless way.
Gan: (He laughs.) Yeah, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s ridiculous. But what makes her so funny is that she’s just thrown away and out of nowhere.
Pratt: But she gets a great laugh.
Gan: Yes, she really laughs.
James, in terms of difficulty, where does the “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” sequence rank among all the set pieces?
Gan: There are two different types of difficulty for me. So there’s the difficulty in terms of how much work I’m doing on something, and then there’s the difficulty that the things I’m doing are going wrong. So I’d rather have number one than number two, and that’s definitely number one. Wayne Dalglish, the assistant adventure coordinator, put months of work into trying to choreograph that sequence, and then the actors put a lot of work into rehearsing it. And the visual effects people at Weta put a lot of work into creating that aspect of it.
Pratt: and the camera department.
Gan: Yes, the camera department. Henry Braham, DP, who is also our primary camera person, filmed all of that. So it was a lot of work and hard in that regard, but in terms of the process, it was pretty smooth, except for one time when Karen Gillan got hit in the head really hard.
Pratt: I think you’ve withheld a lot of these things. It was really hard.
Gan: I pass out on everything.
Pratt: DP flew off the rig and nearly broke his leg.
Gan: Oh, I don’t care about Henry.
Pratt: Yes, you don’t care about Henry.
Pratt and Jean: (He laughs.)
Pratt: There was one piece in particular where the stunt cast was doing something crazy that had to be perfectly timed, and you must have done that piece 25 times because it just wasn’t working.
Gan: Oh my god easy! I did all the cuts about 25 or 30 times.
Pratt: Each of the pieces that were stitched into that piece had a high degree of difficulty.
Gan: I grew up watching Jackie Chan movies, and when you watch a Jackie Chan movie, you’re like, “Oh my God, how could this guy do all this stuff?” But then when you see behind the scenes, he does things 50 times to get it right. Sometimes more. And that’s really what these kinds of things are. The camera should move just right. Hot people have to do their job perfectly, and actors have to do their job perfectly so you get it the right way. So it’s just repetition.
Chris, you broke my heart so many times in this movie, especially that scene in the trailer where Peter screams and cries at the same time. What was the lead-up to that moment like for you?
Pratt: Well, our subconscious mind doesn’t know whether we’re acting or not, and whatever techniques the craftsman uses to create real feeling did. This wasn’t one of those things that I couldn’t get emotionally through, and so I was faking it by acting from the outside in and adjusting my face a certain way. I was really into it, and there’s a dump to that. Everyone goes through a bad situation in their life, and if you are in good mental health, you will break it down and pack it away in a good way. But when you open it up to get somewhere, romantically, on camera, your mind doesn’t go, “Oh, that was fake. You’re good or you’re kind.” You have to get away from it, and it won’t go away for a while until you do the work to bring it back. So, for me, that was a complicated moment, but it was also a complicated night after that.
James, I saw two movies this week that were shot by the aforementioned Henry Braham [Guardians 3 and The Flash]. How conscious or careful is he not to repeat himself?
Gan: I mean, I choreographed all the shots, so I don’t think he ever said there was something he did the flash. We shot after the flash, but I don’t know if there is anything. He never brought it up. But they are completely different looking movies.
Chris, you and Sean Gunn had a great scene together station list. [Writer’s Note: Pratt’s character tied Gunn’s stark-naked character to a chair and tortured him to death.] When finally met Guardians 3Was he fickle around you at first?
Pratt: (He laughs.) Thank God we were able to separate the characters from each other.
Gan: Oh, I hope!
Pratt: but the man, [Sean] He was so good in that scene. It was just such a great opportunity for us to cast him in the role, and he really went for it, man. It was really, really incredible. But deep down, he knows I can torture him if I want to. (Pratt deadpans.)
Gan: (Gan plays along.) wait what? What are you going to do with it?
Pratt: What do you mean? I’m just saying that if he had information, he knew I’d get it out of him.
Gan: What!? He is an actor. What information will he get?
Pratt: exactly! But I’ll find out what to say. In a friendly way, I could torture him if I wanted to, for no other purpose than mere enjoyment of him.
Gan: I’m just saying it makes you look a little crazy.
Pratt: no no no! Not in a crazy way! I could tie him naked to a chair and threaten to inject him with a deadly cocktail of drugs for my pleasure.
Gan: Yes, that’s strange.
Pratt: No, I think you’re missing the point. (Deciding concludes.)
Decades from now, when the two of you are trekking through the Rocky Mountains, on any given day Guardians 3 Will you remind each other first?
Gan: Well, there are two moments, maybe three moments, where I’m most proud of Chris, and you see his growth as an actor. But one of them is all this [aforementioned] Scene [where Peter screams and sobs]. It was really amazing. And there’s a line Chris said later with Gamora [Zoe Saldana] While we’re in a close-up of his face, it just gets me down every time. Even thinking about it now, I feel this obstacle in my heart. she is very beautiful. So these are the two moments that I want to remind you of. Now, what were the two moments when you were truly amazing?
Pratt: Well, first of all, James would never go hiking in the Rocky Mountains.
Gan: Oh I will. I go for walks all the time.
Pratt: Are you really?
Pratt: (Pratt adds context to the axes.) He moved to Aspen, and has been outside for three hours since moving there.
Gan: this is not true!
Pratt: A whole new James Gunn?
Gan: I hike all the time.
Pratt: I bet “all the time”. (He laughs.)
Gan: For me, this is all the time.
Pratt: I’m derailed, but there was a really unusual moment early on around the screen where we all felt some emotions. I will never forget that.
Gan: Yes, that was an amazing moment. We were sitting around the screen, and we went back to business as usual. We’d been shooting for maybe a week or something.
Pratt: You guys have been shooting a little longer, ’cause you guys started with rocket stuff.
Gan: correct. We started with the Rocket characters, and so was me, you, Karen [Gillan]And Sean, Zoe, and Bum [Klementieff] around the screen. And after everything we’ve been through, we’re starting to say, “I can’t believe this movie is actually being made.” My fellow creators fought so hard for me, and it was so touching that we all had each other’s backs and we’re doing it now. So, that was very touching. It was just a beautiful moment. At that moment, we all realized this was real, and that was one of the great things about it. A lot of times when you’re present for something, you’re on your own, but this used to be something we had in common.
Pratt: Yes, that was a shared moment. I will always think fondly of that moment.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Opens May 5 in theaters. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.