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MOVIE TRIVIA: Everything You Ever Need To Know About ... GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)

According to the filmmakers, Rocket Raccoon in this film is a unique product of experimentation: "He's a little animal that was taken and experimented on and pulled apart and put back together again and implanted with cybernetics and he's half-machine and half-raccoon. And he's a gnarled, miserable, angry creature because there's nothing else like him. And that's something not easy to be."
Chris Pratt went on a very strict training regimen and diet for 6 months and dropped another 60 pounds eventually getting a six pack for his shirtless scenes. Chris Pratt said that it was a lot of hard work, almost 'torturous', but when he was filming his shirtless scenes and saw the playback on the monitor, he felt the effort was well worth it and he was "extremely excited to see the best possible physical version of himself".
Bradley Cooper cited Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci's character in Goodfellas (1990)) as an influence on Rocket Racoon's voice.
Djimon Hounsou took the role of Korath for the sake of his son: "I have a son who loves superheroes from Spider-Man to Iron Man to Batman. One day he looks at me and says 'Dad, I want to be light-skinned so I could be Spider-Man. Spider-Man has light skin.' That was sort of a shock."
Iron Man was planned to have a cameo role in this film (in homage to his being the Guardians' latest member in the comics around 2013), but this was scrapped when Robert Downey Jr. said he may not reprise his role as Tony Stark in the future. Downey has since signed a contract to reprise the role for two 'Avengers' sequels.
Benicio Del Toro's uncredited cameo as The Collector in "Thor: The Dark World (2013)" was written to set the stage for the film.
In the unreleased trailer shown at the 2013 Comic-Con and D23 Expo, Peter Quill giving the finger to the Nova Corps officers was not blurred and did not have the "Obscene Gesture Alert" graphic. This was intentionally added in the official trailer for general audiences.
When Dave Bautista found out he got the role of Drax the Destroyer, he broke down in tears, overjoyed at getting a Marvel comic-book role. He immediately signed up for extra acting classes in order to prepare for the role.
In the film, Ronan the Accuser is an admiral serving under Thanos. This combines his classic Marvel comics portrayal (a top-ranking military governor) with his Marvel Ultimate comics portrayal (an ally of Thanos).
James Gunn stated that Chris Pratt's audition was so good, that he was prepared to offer him the role even if Pratt did not lose weight and get in shape in time. Gunn joked that he was willing to CGI a six pack on Pratt's body. However, Pratt asked him to give him 6 months to lose 50 pounds and he ended up losing 60 pounds.
Joel Edgerton, Eddie Redmayne, Jensen Ackles, Lee Pace, Wes Bentley, Jack Huston, Cam Gigandet, Sullivan Stapleton, Logan Marshall-Green, Garrett Hedlund, Chris Lowell, James Marsden, Jim Sturgess, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aaron Paul, Michael Rosenbaum, Glenn Howerton and John Krasinski auditioned and screen tested for the role of Peter Quill/Star Lord.
Adam Sandler, David Tennant, Sharlto Copley, Jim Carrey and H. Jon Benjamin were considered to voice Rocket Raccoon.
The Guardians of the Galaxy is primarily based on the 2008 comic team (Star-Lord, Gamora, Nova, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot), but features Yondu, a member of the original 1969 comic team.
To prepare for the role of Nebula, Karen Gillan shaved her head.
Director James Gunn cites Iron Man (2008) as an influence on the film: "we are starting Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is Marvel Cosmic. And we're doing exactly what they did with the first Iron Man film."
Benicio Del Toro described the Collector as "Liberace in outer space."
The first non-Avengers Marvel property developed by Walt Disney Pictures.
The Collector's residence in the film is the space station Knowhere. In the comics, Knowhere is the base of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
"The Avengers" director Joss Whedon, who signed a deal to creatively consult on all of the films leading up to the "The Avengers" sequel, was enthusiastic about the selection of Gunn to direct.
Adam Warlock was rumored to appear in this film as he featured as he was featured in the screenplay as a cameo at the end of the film. This idea was cut from the script to add in a scene to set up the following Marvel film.
In the film, Peter Quill/Star Lord was born in the mid 1980s and was raised by a group of thieves and smugglers called The Ravagers. In the comic book, Peter Quill was born to a human mother and a alien father and assumed his mantle of Star-Lord, an interplanetary policeman.
Djimon Hounsou auditioned for the role of Drax and Lee Pace auditioned for Peter Quill/Star Lord. Both were later cast as the villains. Hounsou said that after he saw Dave Bautista and how ripped he was, he knew why he wasn't cast and admitted that Bautista was the perfect choice for the role.
According to James Gunn, Star-Lord's ship the Milano is based on a hot rod: "Its environment is reminiscent of Earth and has a tangible quality - mechanical with chrome and leather and a muscle-car look."
Olivia Wilde turned down the role of Gamora, while Gina Carano, Rachel Nichols and Adrianne Palicki auditioned before the role went to Zoe Saldana.
The film is to set the 2nd phase in the cinematic Marvel universe.
According to producer Victoria Alonso, Rocket Raccoon and Groot will be created through a mix of motion-capture and rotomation VFX.
Glenn Howerton auditioned for the role of Star-Lord.
James Gunn's brother Sean Gunn was an acting double for Rocket Raccoon during filming.
James Gunn has stated on his Facebook page that unlike most films, Tyler Bates would write some of the score so the director could film to the music.
The trailer featured the song "Bad Machine" by Dark Stares.
Zoe Saldana wanted to portray Gamora through makeup rather than computer-generated imagery or performance capture.
When attending the 18th Nantucket Film Festival, Glenn Close stated that she only agreed to star in the film since "it will then afford me to go do the other kind of movies that I really love". However, she followed it up by saying; "And hopefully I will have a great time. It'll be a new experience for me, but practically speaking it will mean that I can do those smaller movies and it'll be okay."
Director James Gunn didn't want to see Chris Pratt auditioning. He was convinced later by his assistant, at the end of the auditions. After Pratt read for 30 seconds, Gunn stated that then he knew that Pratt was perfect for the role. 
Isaiah Mustafa, Brian Patrick Wade and Jason Momoa were considered for the role of Drax the Destroyer.
Nathan Fillion was rumored to be cast in an unknown role.
Djimon Hounsou found his costume and make-up as Korath very uncomfortable and rigid. He channeled this discomfort into his action sequences.
This film identifies the Collector's Assistant (Ophelia Lovibond) as his daughter Carina Walters.
According to James Gunn, Ronan's ship the Dark Aster is designed after a mausoleum: "It's minimal and brutal, a stark gray colorless world devoid of any set dressing whatsoever, and relying purely on its heavy concrete-like architecture to convey its tone and function."
Jason Momoa auditioned and was offered the role of Drax the Destroyer, but turned down the role because he didn't want himself to be pigeonholed as a brute by the audience (having played several action roles) and to free himself up to direct Road to Paloma (2014).
The Nova Corps world Xandar is based mainly on the designs of modern architect Santiago Calatrava.
According to James Gunn, the film's soundtrack is composed mainly of 1970s-80s songs as they are part of Quill's memories of Earth: "The music and is one of those touchstones that we have to remind us that Quill is a real person from planet Earth who's just like you and me, except that he's in this big outer space adventure."
In the film and in the comic book, Drax the Destroyer seeks vengeance upon Thanos for the attack and murder of his murder. A nod to "Conan the Barbarian", which the mighty Cimmerian barbarian warrior Conon sought to avenge his family, after they were attacked and murdered.
Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) read for the role of Captain James T. Kirk in 'J.J Abrams''s Star Trek (2009). Zoe Saldana (Gamora) played Nyota Uhura in that film. And Karen Gillan (Nebula) is a big fan of Star Trek.  
Nebula first appeared in The Avengers #257 in July 1985, 29 years before the release of "Guardians of the Galaxy".   


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
In this film, Peter Quill was a former jet pilot who left Earth in the 1980s to become Star-Lord. This backstory was taken from another Guardian, Major Victory (Vance Astrovik).

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