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Writer/director James Gunn on Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'




Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) in
Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

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Marvel's latest offering, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is arguable the biggest action movie of the summer. It grossed $11 million dollars on opening night, and it's expected to hit $100 million by the end of the weekend.

It follows a group of protagonists, including Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), as they are being chased after stealing a planet destroying orb.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" trailer

The film's one of Marvel's lesser known franchises, so writer/director James Gunn had to flex his creative muscle to make it appealing to summer movie going audiences.

"I don't wanna work hard to make anybody like any character. I think the only way that you can make someone like a character is to make that character as real as possible and as truly complex as possible," James Gunn told A Martinez in a recent interview at his house in Los Angeles.

In the interview, Gunn also talks to Martinez about how obsessive Vin Diesel was about his lines, how he settled on Chris Pratt after refusing to work with him for the longest time and what it's like having to wait all weekend to find out how his movie does.