In animated form, Rocket Raccoon totally works. In fact, he is actually kind of a badass.*
However, when it comes to making a live-action movie which includes the gun-toting scamp, writer-director James Gunn has had exactly zero intentions of presenting a cartoon version of the character all "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" style. He even spent time with some real-life raccoons before heading into production on "Guardians of the Galaxy," filming for which wrapped on Saturday, to ensure the character will come off as realistic as possible.
So, how did that plan pan out during shooting? Just marvelously (pardon the studio pun), according to Chris Pratt a.k.a. The Star Lord.
Pratt, who got seriously chiseled up for his role as the pilot-turned-space-adventurer Peter Quill, recently chatted up "Guardians" to Access Hollywood, and he had nothing but good things to say about his furriest new space pal.
"You think it's a cartoon character, but it’s not, it's a very real creature," he said. "[Rocket Raccoon has been] tortured his whole life and no one else likes him, so he's lonely and he’s angry and it’s like, [there are] all these elements [to the character] ... You sort of forget about that, you wouldn't think about, hopefully will come to life. I think it will and that's why they hired a really good actor to do the role."
Voicing our four-legged friend in the film, of course, is none other than recent Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper.
"I could not be more excited that Bradley Cooper is voicing Rocket Raccoon," Pratt added. "It’s a great character. It’s probably the best character in the movie, just because it’s not what you would expect."
This has gotta be sweet music to James Gunn's ears right about now because Pratt's words pretty much echo exactly what Gunn said he hoped to achieve from the character.
"It's really, really important to me that Rocket Raccoon, who is the heart of the movie, is not a cartoon character," he told Vulture back in April. "It's not Bugs Bunny in the middle of 'The Avengers' - it's a real, little, somewhat mangled beast that's alone."
In other news, Vin "Secrets Are Like Water" Diesel was recently spotted on the "Fast & Furious 7" set playing around on his Groot the Tree stilts. Yep. So, how realistic and deep will that character seem, we just do not know.
"Guardians of the Galaxy," which also stars Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, Dave Bautista, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close, will blast into theaters on Aug. 1, 2014.