Interview: Michael Rooker And Sean Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

by Sarah Ruhlman
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I am so excited to bring you yet another Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 interview! This is a Q&A with Michael Rooker And Sean Gunn.  Or as you know them from their Galaxy names “Yondu” and “Kraglin”.  I have to say these two men were really fun to interview and they just fed off of each other which I always love happening during interviews.  It makes for a fun, light hearted and genuine interview.  I do have to warn you there are some spoilers in this Q&A so you will for sure want to see the movie before you continue. 🙂 Okay, now here’s the scoop you’ve been waiting for…

Photo: Louise Bishop /

Is using the fin at the end going to be a tie-in to Vol. 3?

Sean: I don’t know anything other than where I’m to stand and what I’m supposed to say.

Michael: Good answer, dude. You’re good at this!

Sean:  So, I’d like to think there’s more in store for that character, but I don’t know anything. I mean, I don’t know if anyone knows anything.

Michael: I know everything. 😉

Sean: Yeah, he knows it all, but he forgets.

Michael: I know everything. I know it all. Five minutes after I know it, it’s gone.

So then we asked Michael..

How important it was for him that his character will forever be seen in a positive light?

His answer was quite simple…LOL

Photo: Louise Bishop /

Michael: Wasn’t important to me at all.  It’s not, it’s not anything. It doesn’t bother me. 

Now, my favorite!

Describe the makeup process and those teeth…

Michael: Oh, you know what?  Yeah, the makeup process is awesome.  We have, actually, we have a makeup artist in this room that was part of the makeup.  My makeup crew, she was awesome.  Awesome makeup process.  It took about, maybe a three hour process to put on and, four or five, six layers of different shades of blue and gold and silver and yellow flakes and all kinds of stuff.

I’m like, ‘What color is this?’  It’s gold, you know, and they just sometimes flick it on with a brush.  You know, they put it on the brush and they just go and they just flick it and it’s like little spackling all over your face, but tiny little dots that helps to bring out the depth of the paint so it looks like real skin and I mean, it feels like real skin, too.

Oh, we both had some grills, baby. Do we not? You had more of a problem with it than I did.

Sean: Yeah, the teeth can be tricky. I tried to get the teeth made a good several months before we started so that I could just put them in and work with the talking. I think to talk through the teeth in the first movie; it was one of the most difficult things.

Michael: But I didn’t have a problem with it because everybody’s different. Sean can speak English. I cannot. Sean, he uses consonants. I do not almost never. My quality is more throatal and glottal. Sean’s is not. I mean, he can do that, of course. We are trained actors. This is just my quality in that’s how I do it, so thereby, the teeth are up in the front, so I form my words and my consonants and sounds more back, so it didn’t’ bother me at all with the speaking. What it did do, was make it tough for the whistle. A whistle’s all in the front right where the stupid teeth are so we got to fix these because I got to whistle. And so they did pretty well. I had to relearn a little bit of where I focus the sound for the whistling and stuff.

[To Sean] What has transition from a behind the scenes character to an onscreen character be like?

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Sean: Well to the first point about working with my brother, I mean, we’ve been working together in various capacities since we were little. I have an easier time working with him than just about anybody because we have such a shorthand for communicating with one another. I know for the most part, what he’s looking for so when I read scenes, I have a pretty good feel for what he’s going for. We work together really well. I’m certainly grateful that he gave me such a nice role in this in this film. I have so much to do.

Michael: You owe it all to me. I talked to him about you.

Sean: Did you? Thanks, I appreciate that. I really am happy to be part of it. I know that that’s kind of what I’m supposed to say, but it’s true. It’s a great franchise, and I think that the movies are made with a lot of love and a lot of heart. I’m very happy to be part of that.

Michael: And you should be happy that he didn’t torture you too much.

Sean: No. These guys, what they go through with makeup and stuff is amazing. You hear Rooker talk about having hours worth of makeup and it’s really impressive. He never complains, and so it’s not just going through the makeup process. It’s then also being ready to go and ready to perform and focus. What he, Dave, Karen, and Zoe go through every day.

What was it like on set filming the death scene?

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Yondu (Michael Rooker), Kraglin (Sean Gunn) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Michael: You know, it was emotional. Very, very emotional for everyone but me. I was sleeping. It’s true. Swear to God.

Sean: When we’re doing the funeral scene at the end where Chris has his big speech. We’re all super sad and all of the sudden you hear (making snoring noises). Rook was out. So funny.

Michael: Absolutely. I don’t know why. I have no idea. That scene put me to sleep.

Who is your favorite character and you can’t say your own?

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) ..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Michael: Besides your own. You can say me if you want.

Sean: I like ‘em all in different ways. I love Drax. I love sort of the journey that I’ve seen Dave take from his audition for the first movie through a magnificent performance he gives in this movie. If I had to choose, I’d say Dave, but I love all the characters in the movie.Michael:Yeah, well, I don’t like working with real humans. Never have. I’m going to go with Rocket and Baby Groot. They are my favorite. But that being said, Rocket is my friend right here (referring to Sean), and we worked together day and night doing this. He does all the vocals and all the voice stuff for Rocket.

And just for fun let me just tell you all these guys know how to talk to the ladies or at least these ladies…

Michael: This is, have you ever spoke with these ladies before? (Talking to Sean Gunn)

Sean : No, I don’t think so.

Michael : This is the, like, (the) best, this is the pinnacle of all the interviews that we have done.

Sean : I agree.  I know.  We should just do this all day.

Michael: Oh, I could totally do this all day.  

Make sure to catch her in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and to check out my GOTG2 movie review for even more scoop.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in U.S. theaters May 5!

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Disclosure:  I was provided with an all-expense trip by Disney.  As always all opinions are 100% my own. 

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