When the first trailer for the original Guardians Of The Galaxy hit the screen, virtually no one had any idea what to make of it. There were cool effects, to be sure, and definitely some laughs. But what the hell was “Hooked On A Feeling” doing there on the soundtrack? That idea just seemed absolutely insane, and no one took the film seriously. Until it was released.
Thanks to the efforts of writer/director James Gunn, and a cast that included Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as the green-skinned warrior Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer, Bradley Cooper as the voice of the CG-created, gun-toting Rocket Raccoon; and Vin Diesel as the voice of the walking, talking tree, Groot, who managed to create a connection with the audience despite the fact his dialogue consisted of nothing but “I am Groot,” repeated over and over again.
Now, of course, we’re on the verge of Guardians of The Galaxy, Vol. 2, and the family is expanding, actually increasing the number of female characters, much to the delight of the audience. In addition to Saldana reprising her role as Gamora, also back is Karen Gillan as the blue-skinned Nebula, another adopted daughter of uber-villain Thanos, raised as Gamora’s sister and feeling little more than jealousy and hatred towards her. Then there’s Pom Klementieff as Mantis, a new member of the Guardians who has empathic powers and was raised by Ego, who….well, that would be telling. And, finally, there’s Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, described as the golden High Priestess and the leader of the Sovereign people.
While each of the characters, and the actors associated with them, are worthy of discussion (and eventually they will be), the focus here is on the lovely female cast members of Guardians Of The Galaxy with the following interviews.
Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 opens on May 5th.
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Question: How would you describe Gamora’s arc in Guardians 2?
Zoe Saldana: “It would have to be through Queen’s ‘Break Free.’ You know, she's been on a mission to be free or die 'cause she's over it. So there's a selfish essence to her and it makes her prerogative very personal versus in this one where she's on a path of redemption. So she wants to be very present in trying to do good. I think that Gamora's realizing that Nebula's strength and power is just greater than hers, so she wants to be able to inspire Nebula to not put bad feelings into what's already hers, which is her power, because then that's a Molotov cocktail. It's a really dangerous weapon there.”
Question: So how would you describe their relationship?
Zoe Saldana: “Gamora's the one that kind of senses it's your job as an older sibling to do that; that making peace with my sister is a part of the redemption. She's the only family member I'll ever know. There's no one other like me. Thanos made sure that he wiped that out. So if Nebula's all I have, then she's worth the sacrifice, and the work, and the pain. I feel like that's where Gamora's at, when it comes to her and her sister.”
Question: Then, of course, there’s the relationship between Gamora and Quill…
Zoe Saldana: “I think he likes her more than she likes him, for sure, but I don't think it's because he's not the one for her. I just don't think she's thought that far, about love for herself. Right now she's trying to make amends with all the wrong that she's done, and the last thing that she feels she's going to deserve is love from a partner. So Quill takes the position in her brain as just a family member. It's just he knows what he wants and he envisioned it first. He doesn't compromise the integrity of what he wants to do, of his work, and his craft, and his voice. He's very skilled and he has fun.”
Question: What is the best way to describe Guardians 2?
Zoe Saldana: “I think it’s all the issues that we're going to be tackling; emotional issues like our relationships with our fathers, our relationships with our friends, our siblings. What is family to you? And growing up, there's a lot of that, but it's more like a young adult, like growing up as an adult. Not just, like, ‘Oh, I was a kid first and now I'm an adult.’ It's you're an adult, how do you grow, how do you evolve from this adult that you are into a better one? I love that about Guardians, it gives it a very human essence.”
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