The Empire’s latest issue reveals that Chris Pratt suggested Russell’s casting during a casual chat with James Gunn, when Pratt made an offhand suggestion: “Hey, what about Kurt Russell?”
“I started writing for Kurt as I was finishing the screenplay,” Gunn recalls. “I would have been really disappointed if he’d said no.”
Fortunately he agreed to do the role after he finally watched the first film, “Fifteen minutes in, I said, ‘I think I see why they’re coming to me…’”, Russell told Empire.
“The baggage I bring from some of the movies I’ve done is the right kind of baggage to bring into this one.”
Ego is, in a very real sense, his biggest-ever part. “That’s true!” Russell roars. “I’ve never played anybody bigger! I’ve never played a character with broader possibilities, I’ll say that.”
According to Empire’s latest issue, Ego proved the film’s largest technical challenge. Inspired by the elaborate fractal art of Hal Tenny, who Gunn hired to help design Ego’s environment, it’s pushed visual effects past the existing limit.
“We have over a trillion polygons on Ego’s planet,” says Gunn proudly. “It’s the biggest visual effect of all time. There’s nothing even close to it. Which is cool.”
Sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy and the fifteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, and Kurt Russell.
Written and directed by James Gunn.
Produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to be released on May 5, 2017, in 3D and IMAX.
Photos via Empire.