Over the weekend, production wrapped on Marvel's Phase Two ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy. We reported last month that Bradley Cooper is providing the voice of Rocket Raccoon. Many have wondered how this unique character, an anthropomorphic procyonid, will work on screen.
Star Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord in the cosmic adventure, revealed during a recent interview that Rocket Raccoon will be seen as a real, living being and not just an animated comic book hero.
"You think it's a cartoon character, but it's not, it's a very real creature."
The actor also revealed more details about the character, adding how excited he is that Bradley Cooper signed on.
"[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."
He also joked about failing to maintain his six-pack physique.
"I used to have a six pack, I have a one pack now. I don't want to go crazy and be someone who's primary focus in life is fitness, life is too short to spend it always trying to work out. But at the same time, I want balance... I want to be somewhere in between being super fat and being not super fat and so, just kind of fat, I guess."
Michael Rooker, who plays Yondu, also had some comments about Rocket Raccoon as production came to a wrap.
"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!"
He also had some words to say about his own character.
"The paparazzi have a bunch of photos of Yondu...I think Yondu was the first of the characters that got totally exposed, and you can see the character looks totally different from the comic...The blue [paint] is simple, it's beautiful. The colours that we use in Guardians are just exquisite. When everything is put together, when you have wardrobe on and the lighting's going - man oh man it's beautiful, it's going to look fabulous."
We'll have to wait until the first trailer to see what Rocket Raccoon truly looks like in director James Gunn's superhero adventure, arriving in theaters August 1, 2014.