While we saw a small portion of the Nebula (Karen Gillan) vs. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) fight scene from Guardians of the Galaxy in a brief character featurette last month, actress Karen Gillan shed more light on the "big girlie fight sequence" in a new interview, where she also discusses the level of humor in this Marvel Phase Two adventure and shooting with Zoe Saldana.
During an interview for her new movie Oculus at SXSW 2014, Karen Gillan revealed that this fight sequence isn't very "girlie" at all, while discussing how much training she had to undergo and commenting on the importance of this pivotal moment for her character.
"Yeah, there's a big girlie fight sequence, but it's not that girlie. They made sure there weren't any nice pirouettes or anything like that. She's really experienced in the physical stuff, she was a ballerina. She's (Zoe) really amazing at all of that stuff. She barely required any rehearsal, she was like, 'I can do this.' I required two months of rehearsals every day that I wasn't shooting, because I looked like spaghetti when I started. This is the integral one for my character, because it's not just a physical battle. Their relationship goes very deep, and there's a huge history between them. So there's a lot more to it than just the physical."
There are some fans who have expressed their disapproval regarding the amount of humor seen in the first trailer last month, but the actress revealed she always had faith in the Marvel Phase Two sequel, while claiming the movie represents a new direction for Marvel Studios as a whole
"I always had total faith in the project, because the people who are making it are so brilliant, and have a long history of great films. So I knew it was in great hands. I just think it's a new direction for Marvel, it's really, really funny. It's not taking itself seriously at all. It's tongue in cheek. And just to see people be excited about that new tone is cool."
She did admit that, while the movie itself is rather humorous, Nebula does not think she's funny at all.
"Okay, so Nebula does not find herself funny. I find her hilarious. But she can't find herself hilarious, that's not scary."
The actress also commented on how she missed having long hair, since she was required to shave her head to play Nebula.
"It was the saddest thing in the world. They'd use a big industrial wind machine when filming her, but when it was on me, it was like, 'Turn the wind machine off,' and it was like beeeeup."