In 2014, Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy was the highest grossing film of the summer. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 continues the journey of the ragtag group of adventures, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel)
Having saved the galaxy, their new found fame in the universe has brought Peter’ long-lost father, Ego (Kurt Russell) unexpectedly back into his life, putting a strain on the Guardians’ relationships.
The movie was written and directed by James Gunn, and opens on May 5th 2017. Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell came to the London Hotel to speak with journalists about their father-son relationship.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Ego (Kurt Russell) ©2017 Marvel Studios

Kurt, what exactly convinced you to join this ragtag bunch?

Kurt Russell: I was doing The Hateful Eight, and all of a sudden the people around me were saying, ‘Are you gonna do Guardians of the Galaxy? Are you gonna be Peter Quill’s, Star Lord’s dad?’ I didn’t really know what they’re talking about.

When I read the script I wanted to make sure I was understanding it correctly. I hadn’t seen the first movie. I’m not much of a moviegoer. But I knew that everybody loved it. And when I saw the movie, I started getting it. I also immediately started wanting to do it.

Everybody loved the first movie. What you don’t want to do is do something that’s gonna make them not like the second one, right? So you do (feel) that pressure. But I said yeah. I told James that I (didn’t) want to mess this thing up, so I needed (his) help.

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Kurt Russell (Ego) and Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord) on set… ©2017 Marvel Studios, photo by Chuck Zlotnick

Chris, Kurt has such a legacy in cinema. Were you able to keep your cool? How was it having him on set being your dad?

Chris Pratt: If you are lucky enough to work with someone like Kurt Russell, you promise yourself you’re not gonna to geek out. But it’s a little inauthentic if I didn’t acknowledge the fact what a fan I am.

It doesn’t really take that long to tell someone that you really respect their work, and for them to go, ‘Thanks.’ And then, that’s it.

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Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his father Ego (Kurt Russell) ©2017 Marvel Studios, photo by Chuck Zlotnick

Kurt, what was it like seeing the younger version of your character in the film?

Kurt: That was pretty interesting. I didn’t really think about that a lot because you just assume, they got all the trickery in the world, right?

Dennis Liddiard’s been my makeup man for 28 movies. We assumed that it was gonna be all CGI. And he said to James and the cinematographer (Henry Braham), ‘Hey, I can young this guy down. I got some tricks in my bag. Would that be helpful?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, as much as you can. That would be great.’

I was speaking to the gal who does the CGI. She said, ‘What did you think of what we did?’ I said, ‘I thought it was great. But I understand you didn’t do a whole lot’ She said, ‘No, we didn’t. We touched it up here and there.’ (Dennis) did a fantastic job. He does have a lot of tricks, not just makeup, but cosmetics.

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Actors Chris Pratt (L) and Kurt Russell attend the San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 on July 23rd 2016 in San Diego, California ©2017 Marvel Studios, photo by Alberto E Rodriguez

Chris, did you bring in any experiences from being a father yourself to Peter’s relationship with his father figures?

Chris: Not so much in my relationship as a child to a parent, but as a parent to a child. I got that more with Baby Groot, who is funny, very lifelike and adorable, but a vulnerable little guy.

When (Baby Groot) climbs up on Quill’s lap in the end and asks for the music, and I’m listening to the song, and I’m reflecting upon the relationship I had with the man who raised me, it’s in that moment I realized that I’ve now entered the chapter in my life where I’m gonna be the man who’s raising somebody.

And I think that’s the journey that every parent will take when they have a kid, and I think Quill gets to that by the end of the movie.

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Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel) ©2017 Marvel Studios, photo by Chuck Zlotnick


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Director James Gunn and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) on set… ©2017 Marvel Studios, photo by Chuck Zlotnick
James Gunn, who was also at the press conference, was asked if there was one thing that he wanted to be sure he didn’t mess up with the sequel – click here to listen to his answer
Chris was asked about the movie being about family and if there was ever a moment in his life where he didn’t feel like he belonged. Click here to hear his reply.

Judy Sloane

Judy is Film Review Online's regular Los Angeles based reporter.