Chris Pratt Talks Tortured Rocket Raccoon in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
by Ethan Anderton
October 17, 2013
One of the last characters to be cast in Marvel's cosmic superhero ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy was Rocket Raccoon. The feisty, gun-wielding, anthropomorphic raccoon will be voiced by Bradley Cooper, and director James Gunn has said the character is the heart of the movie, and including him in the line-up was "not about creating Bugs Bunny in the middle of The Avengers." Now we have some more details on the character from the perspective of Chris Pratt, who plays Star Lord. At a 100th episode of "Parks & Recreation," Access Hollywood spoke with Pratt and painted a picture of a tortured little creature.
Here's what Pratt had to say about Rocket Raccoon how his past effects his character:
"[Rocket Raccoon has been] tortured his whole life and no one else likes him, so he’s lonely and he’s angry and it’s like, [there are] all these elements [to the character]. You sort of forget about that, you wouldn’t think about, [and] hopefully will come to life. I think it will and that’s why they hired a really good actor to do the role. I could not be more excited that Bradley Cooper is voicing Rocket Raccoon, it’s a great character. It’s probably the best character in the movie, just because it’s not what you would expect.”
In addition, SciFiNow talked to Michael Rooker, and he explains that his character, Yondu Udonta, one of the founding members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, doesn't really get along with Rocket Raccoon. Rooker says, "Rocket and I don’t get along, he’s a bit abrupt and brash for my taste. I probably have a little Merle in me still, because I would roast him over an open flame and eat him for supper!” So it sounds like Rocket Raccoon is a little rough around the edges, but we wouldn't expect anything less. In the footage at Comic-Con, he looked like a little bad ass so we can't wait to see him in action on the big screen.