In just a few short weeks, Michael Rooker will be on the big screen as a dyed in the dressing room action figure. He will be playing Yondu Udonta, one of the original members of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.‘
At the recent Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia, Scifi Pulse spoke with the raucous Rooker, who was very forthcoming about his role as the racist, redneck Merle in ‘The Walking Dead,” but steadfastly coy about playing Yondu.
“You’ll have to see the movie,” Rooker said. “It’s going to be amazing. There are layers and twists throughout the whole movie, and it’s a wild, crazy ride! It’s not going to be like anything you’d expect.”
When pressed about his role, he did admit that “Yondu is like a father figure to Star-Lord,” and that “he’s blue.”
Rooker has a history of working on numerous projects with GoG’s director, James Gunn, starting with his role as the infested slime king and wife abuser, Grant Grant. He has also appeared in ‘Super,‘ and ‘Humanzee,‘ among other Gunn projects.
“James Gunn is a riot to work with,” related Rooker. “It was great working with him. He would give me a hard time, but I would give him an equally hard time, always in the spirit of fun. I love working with him, and hope to work with him on many more projects.”
When asked about Merle Dixon, Daryl’s (Norman Reedus) brother in The Walking Dead, Rooker stated, “Merle was always heroic. Everything he did was out of loyalty to his brother. He was a hero to his brother, always looking out for, and protecting him. He spent a long time searching for his brother, and in the end, those heroic tendencies extended to others as well.”
Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters in the US on August 1.
– Robin Brownfield