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.
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:
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.