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Which Legendary Character Actor Has the Crazy Eyes and Wants To Be This Pint-Sized Bad@ss, Rocket Raccoon?

By Rob Payne | Trade News | October 5, 2012 | Comments ()


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If you said Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, or Michael Shannon you would be wrong and confusing bug eyes with crazy eyes. However, if you said Marty Feldman, you're a dick because he's been dead for nearly 30 years. Give up? There's only one truly logical answer.

This guy:
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That's right, everybody's second favorite redneck ruiner of the walking dead (the first being Woody Harrelson in Zombieland, obviously) is ready, willing, and hopefully able to star in Marvel Studios' next big comic-to-screen adaptation, The Guardians of the Galaxy. Michael Rooker is no stranger to genre fare, so it's not too surprising that his name would pop up in relation to one of the many, many comic book adaptations being made these days. He's also good friends with James Gunn, Guardians' recently announced director, having worked together on both Slither (fucking awesome) and Super (even fucking awesomer), so it's natural that Gunn would find a way to get Rooker involved somehow. Plus, as mentioned, Rocket Raccoon up there is a stone cold badass. As is Michael Rooker. Peanut Butter, meet Jelly.

I know that picture of Rooker wants us to keep this a secret from Rick and the gang, but here's what the actor himself said when asked about his possible involvement in the upcoming intergalactic adventure by MovieWeb :

"I love raccoons. Raccoons are my friends!

Oh, yeah. Most certainly. I know that James Gunn is doing it. He is directing it, and he is re-writing it. He is a very loyal director. He is a very loyal writer, when it comes to working with people that he knows and loves. He really appreciates the efforts that each actor puts into these roles. And I would be very honored and pleased to work with James Gunn again...Whether it will happen or not, I don't know. But he is a dynamite guy, and we have remained friends ever since we worked together on Slither.

I haven't done much research on it at all yet. Because I don't know what is going to happen. I'm really crazy busy with "The Walking Dead" right now. But you know what? Write this up. Tweet the fuck out of it. If the fans want me as Rocket Raccoon, Marvel will listen to you guys, I think, sometimes...Perhaps I will be lucky and blessed enough to go in there, and go at it with Mr. Gunn again, who knows?"

And I haven't taken a poll of the other writers, but let's go ahead and consider this Pajiba's collective endorsement of Michael Rooker playing Rocket Raccoon in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, if you're wondering who Rocket Raccoon is, besides an adorably awesome space rodent, unfortunately I can't tell you. Despite reading Marvel comics for the majority of my life, I had never even heard of the character until the Guardians movie was announced, much less read any of his stories. (Which I will rectify soon.) But Wikipedia, ever the font of useless wisdom, summarizes the little dude as:
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If you don't want to hear Michael Rooker's voice coming out of that mo-cap'd CGI character, then you are beyond help and may God have mercy on your soul.


Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter, tumbls on the Tumblr, and his wares can be purchased here. He's looking forward to this movie that's two years away so much more than the return of "The Walking Dead" this month.



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  • Jordan

    "I know that picture of Rooker wants us to keep this a secret from Rick and the gang..." straight up made me LOL.

  • Alyson McManus

    Ok i just watched slither for the first time. Super is hopefully coming soon to watch. I get it now. Slither kicks some ass.

  • Idle Primate

    I think this will end up being a really fun movie that geeks love, but will bomb at the box office, because it will have been budgeted as if it was an a-list superhero movie

  • Idle Primate

    i like michael rooker, but his hoarse voice doesn't seem an obvious fit for Rocket Raccoon. maybe I will be pleasantly surprised if they go that way. i'm hard pressed to think of a nomination. i'm sure Buscemi could make him funny, but maybe not so badass.

    it also depends on whether they go american or british. joe pesci for american, statham for british. that's my two bits

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Does he have Gideon's bible?

  • celery

    Augh! It's Grant Grant. He scares me forever.

  • Erich

    Holy crap, Rooker would be AWESOME as Rocket!

  • JenVegas

    Am I the only one who didn't think Super was "fucking awesomer?" I mean, it was OK but I don't think I'd rate it above Slither.

  • Idle Primate

    Slither breaks awesome meters. Super got some kudos for being uncomfortable to watch--one of those sad trainwrecks of humanity films that disguises itself as a comedy

  • Groundloop

    I thought I was alone in that as well. Slither is damn near horror/comedy perfection, and I too thought Super was OK, mostly because of the supporting cast, especially the Tiny Canadian. Full disclosure, I kinda hate Rainn Wilson, so it's unlikely Super was going to get more than an OK from me.

  • ghisent

    There are few films that I rate above Slither.

  • BBB40

    CGI mo-capped raccoon? I'm pretty sure they're obligated to go with Jack Black or Seth Rogan.

  • Seth Rogan absolutely ruined Paul. Casting a voice that recognizable was a huge mistake. I could never stop thinking, "That's not Seth."

  • Idle Primate

    true. maybe they would be best to go with a voice actor. like they always used to do before the era of celebrity voices.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I think there is a raccoon living in my chimney. And I know there is a possum (or an opossum...) living under my porch.

  • BWeaves

    Hum, you must have a really long porch.

    Possums live in Australia. Opossums live in the Americas. They are two different animals.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    It's a colloquialism and I'll continue to call them possums, thank you very much.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Really??? Okay, I didn't know that. I thought possums were what rednecks called opossums. I am in Texas after all... so please imagine me saying this with a drawl.

  • ghisent

    I didn't know either, don't feel too bad.

  • ghisent
  • BobbFrapples

    If you hand him a cracker in the middle of a gunfight will he stop firing bullets and wash the cracker? Raccoons = OCD food washers of the animal world.

  • CGI raccoon, huh? Yeah...well what could possibly go wrong with a CGI animal film?

    *** straps in for the ride ***

    Oh how cute, they've decorated the pre-ride with movie posters of other CGI animal movies - The Chipmunks, Garfield, Space Chimps.....wait, stop the ride, I'm feeling sick....

    *** screams as the carriage plummets over the edge of the Uncanny Valley and into the mountainesque pile of excrement at the bottom ***

  • It's not a CGI animal film you philistine. And ROCKET RACCOON could kick your ass two times from Thursday, enough to put you on a permanent ride through your imaginary horrorollercoster.

    insulting Rocket... Mother fucker.

  • jen

    Never been a hardcore comic geek. I came into this with Iron Man and enjoyed the heck out of the Avengers. But I just can't get behind a cgi racoon. How is this a good idea?

  • James Gunn. Michael Rooker. 'Nuff said.

  • emmelemm

    Co-motherfucking-signed.

  • Baba O'R'lyeh

    Because he's a badass. GoG is not much more than an excuse to throw a bunch of oddball characters into a number of situations where they can be incredibly badass.

    Rocket Raccoon is one such character. He held off Gladiator (think Superman) with only a mop, buddies around with a sentient tree, and is a foul-mouthed Peter Parker with a cockney accent and an arsenal best described as "space-age Punisher". Fun fun fun

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Raccoons are assholes.

  • Snath

    That would be so excellent.

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