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Although Marvel animators can largely do anything these days, including giving life to Groot and making him the heart and soul of the entire Guardians film, the one thing they needed a bit of help with was Rocket. Seeing as he’s such an integral part of the film – and considering how Bradley Cooper wasn’t available during filming to work with his co-stars – director James Gunn had to call in an unlikely source to play the motion-capture part of Rocket on set; his brother Sean.
Getting the call just a week before a five month shoot, Sean Gunn was tasked with reading Rocket’s lines on set and wearing a form-fitting green onesie. The actor said that he was game for whatever it was that his brother wanted him to do, which at first was just simulating a walking raccoon on set. So Sean Gunn walked around on his hands and knees, became an integral part of scenes, and eventually started improvising lines as Rocket. In fact, a line that James Gunn credits as being his favorite in the entire movie – the one where Rocket says the Guardians are “a bunch of jackasses standing in a circle” – was one that came from his brother on-set and was then re-recorded by Bradley Cooper to be included in the completed film.
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