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Published On: Thu, Dec 5th, 2013

‘The Walking Dead’ star Micheal Rooker discusses Yondu, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ praising James Gunn

New summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy will feature Walking Dead star Michael Rooker. The Days of Thunder star talked about his role as Yondu and director James Gunn.

“It’s felt like a James Gunn movie as soon as he called me about it!” Rooker began when talking with ScienceFiction.com.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-yondu Michael Rooker set photo“I went out and bagged a comic just to see what he was doing, and I was like ‘Oh my God, he’s doing this! I was very happy because he’s a big comic guy, even as a young child he really enjoyed reading them, so it was great to see him doing something that really got his creative energy going…He loves to torture me and make me look strange. Directors always love to tell actors what to do, and he loves telling me what to do, and that’s why he hired me!”

Rooker recently spoke with Man Cave Daily about his new role as Yondu.

“I’m really excited about the movie I just finished,Guardians of the Galaxy–it’s a big Marvel superhero film. I play Yondu and it’s a beautiful kick-ass role. It’s right up my alley but the only thing that I can say about the role now is that I’m blue.”

He spoke briefly about his training.

“My training in Aikido helped me tremendously–when you’re punching and kicking and being thrown…there have been times when the director wanted me to run and jump and fall off backwards onto concrete–no way you can do that without some training…And yeah, insurance companies don’t want you doing that, but Hong Kong directors want it so yeah, go for it–hopefully not too many takes to get it done though…”

The film also includes Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel.)

Guardians Of The Galaxy will open in theaters on August 1, 2014.

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