Kurt Russell doesn’t need to be in a Marvel film, but fanboys (and fangirls) of Marvel could sure use a dose of Kurt Russell.
In the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Russell revealed he didn’t know a thing about the Guardians, either the film or the comic book. He finally knew it after that director James Gunn showed his interest in him. Then we all know that he will be playing a pivotal role in one of Marvel’s most anticipated sequels ever.
“I was doing publicity for Hateful Eight,” he said. “And suddenly, people started saying, ‘Is it true? Are you going to play Peter Quill’s father?’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ I just wasn’t aware of it. And then, all of a sudden, for the first time, this was a character obviously that people really wanted to [see]. And I didn’t know what they were talking about. So when I had the opportunity to see Guardians of the Galaxy, I got it. I understood what it was, and I could see the reasons why people were interested in that.”
Russell in GOTG Volume 2
Russell is referring to the fact that he plays the important character in the film, Ego the Living Planet. It is in a lot of ways a combination of all the classic bad boys Russell has portrayed before. Guys like Jack Burton in Big Trouble in Little China, or Snake Plissken in Escape from New York.
Russell admits the older generation didn’t quite get some of that wry blue-collar heroism on display in the actor’s earlier movies. He is also very aware that over time a younger generation has come to adore them. In many ways, he’s doing the Guardians sequel specifically for that audience.
“As I read it, I connected the dots from some of the things I’ve done in the past,” he said. “And it’s fun to be living now in a time when a younger generation understands what I was doing. You guys get it. The older guys, my age, they didn’t know what the f**k I was doing. I just did it for a lifetime, so to be at this point in my life and be able to not only have a generation that accepts you for what you were doing before anybody else was with other people like you, to be able to take that and grow that, it’s nice because it has a lot to do with my personality and the way I look at life and stuff. And so, it’s a nicer time for me than it was 30 years ago.”