We still don't know who Kurt Russell is playing when it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But whoever it is left the cast and crew in quite the emotional state. Director James Gunn announced this week that Kurt Russell had officially wrapped on his portion of the shoot, with production set to continue in Atlanta well into the summer. Star Chris Pratt responded by saying that Russell's departure also had him welling up. While it's never been confirmed, it is believed that Kurt is playing Peter Quill's alien father. Said James Gunn.
"And that's a wrap on Kurt Russell on #GOTGVol2. A true talent and pleasure in every way. I will admit to a small tear in my eye."
Chris Pratt is a self-admitted cry baby. And this isn't the first time he's shed tears over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As you may remember, way back in June of last year, Pratt told everyone that the script had left his eyeballs a wet mess. The story is obviously an emotional one for the actor, and the arc shared between him and Russell must be something special in the Marvel Universe. The actor had this to say.
"You're not the only one cryin'. Kurt Russell is the f-ing best. I'm sorry for the language. But when I'm talking about how f-ingreat Kurt Russell is I have to swear."
It was announced by director James Gunn himself way back in February that Kurt Russell had officially signed on for the sequel. Though, no one at the time would reveal who the iconic actor was playing. It has long been suspected that he'll be introduced into the MCU as Star-Lord's dad. At the time of his signing, the director had this to say.
"My favorite movie as a small child was The Strongest Man in the World. So I'm glad to announce that, yes, Kurt Russell has joined our cast and, yes, he is more awesome a dude than I ever could have imagined."
Gunn had more to say to EW about the experience yesterday. And it sounds like the filmmaker really got on with his new leading man. He only had exceptional things to say about Kurt Russell. He offered these words from the Atlanta set.
"It's not often your heroes are as awesome in person as you believed they were as a kid. A wonderful guy and incredible actor in every way. And he was nice to my Mom, Dad, and dog. I couldn't ask for anything more."
The original Guardians will all be back next summer, when the movie debuts in May. Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Glenn Close are all back on set. And the movie also welcomes newcomers such as Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Chris Sullivan. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be one of the big holiday trailer releases coming between this Thanksgiving and Christmas, so we have that to look forward too in the near future.