Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013

‘The Walking Dead’ star Michael Rooker talks ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ not reading the comics and sequels

While Guardians of the Galaxy is nearly a year away Michael Rooker is not only discussing his role in the film, but also the prospect of sequels.

“When I first got the role of Yondu, [James] Gunn was like, ‘Don’t read any of the comics!’” says Rooker to Superhero Hype, “but it’s beautiful stuff.”

Michael Rooker Yondu photo side by sideRooker plays Yondu, a character that was a founding member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, but may be no relation to the incarnation seen in the film, and Rooker indicates changes have been made to the character for the film.

“Whenever you do a film of comicbook characters and stuff, you don’t know how much you can show, you don’t know how much is going to be brought out. Nowadays movies are done and they already have two or three others planned out.”

“So stuff you do in this one,” continues Rooker, “you ask ‘Why aren’t we doing this?’ and they say, ‘Well be patient!’”

Rooker plays Merle on AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead, developing a huge fan following before meeting his demise.

He joins a cast which includes Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond, Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Djimon Honsou, Gregg Henry, Glenn Close and John C. Reilly.

Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theaters on August 1, 2014.

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