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James Gunn on Directing Guardians of the Galaxy (and Cutting His Favorite Part)

Vulture: Guardians of the Galaxy may be Marvel’s weirdest movie yet, and the studio didn’t play it safe with its choice of director: Instead, they hired James Gunn, whose delightfully deranged sensibility (in movies like Super and Slither) survived the big-budget transfer fully intact. It’s a tough task to make a movie work when it’s this stuffed with eccentric characters — including Chris Pratt’s space jockey Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana’s green Gamora, Bradley Cooper voicing the gun-crazy Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel lending his pipes to the tree-creature Groot — but Gunn juggles them all so well that you’ll be wanting even more … and you’ll get it, since Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was announced this weekend at Comic-Con. Prior to that, Gunn rang up Vulture to discuss the movie’s craziest jokes, some of the casting challenges, and the big scene that didn’t make the final cut.

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