At this point, it’s as inevitable for actors involved with the Guardians of the Galaxy films to be asked about the James Gunn-sized elephant in the room as it is for Infinity War actors to be asked about the follow-up to the recent Avengers film. Glenn Close, who portrayed Nova Prime Irani Rael in the first Guardians film, is no exception, and while she’s already discussed the situation once and then once again, it was yet again a topic of discussion when the actress spoke with Empire Magazine.
While neither Glenn Close nor Nova Prime appeared in the second Guardians of the Galaxy film or in Avengers: Infinity War, the actress described working with Gunn as akin to returning to her childhood upon being asked to join the Guardians franchise:
“First of all, I always wanted to be in a movie like that, so I was happy to be asked. And to be in the room where there was a big control room, the war outside, but it was nothing when we were shooting it. It was just a guy with a big pole with a tennis ball on it and they’d say, ‘Look at the ball, and imagine.’ And I thought, ‘I can do that! I can do that! That’s easy.’ It was so much fun. And I have to say, James Gunn was fantastic. He was lovely. And what I really thought was extraordinary about him is that in a movie that was storyboarded up the wazoo, because you have to with so many special effects, I never felt I was being pushed into something that had already been worked on in that sense, somehow.”
Again, Close didn’t appear in the sequel or Infinity War, so it’s left up in the air whether Nova Prime would be a factor going forward, but even still, Close reiterated that she disagreed with Disney’s decision to remove Gunn and found it difficult to imagine the franchise without him:
“And it brings up, I think, some very tricky issues around this movement. I bring it up with every woman I talk to because I want to know what people feel, you know? Is that truly what we should be doing? Especially in this case, somebody [Mike Cernovich] who’s know to ruin people for something that they wrote in a totally different context, what, ten, 12 years ago? What are we going to do, go back to our pasts and make sure that everything we said was politically correct? Who can live like that? I just feel that there’s something wrong about that.”
In the end, Close stated that humanity as a whole is flawed and that Gunn’s past comments shouldn’t negate what he’s done as an artist. Fair enough. Though admittedly, this could start a domino effect for others because of their past, especially if they end up working at the House of Mouse:
“He’s a flawed human being. He was a, you know, cocky asshole back then, and was saying things to provoke people. Does that negate him as an artist? I don’t think so. I personally do not think so. Or else we’re taking down buildings and paintings – you know, take down all the Picassos, he treated women terribly. If it’s going to be a lasting cultural revolution, which is a big change, if… We’ve got to take into consideration human nature.”
So like Dave Bautista and the rest of the cast, it’s clear that Glenn Close sides with James Gunn in this situation. Though it doesn’t seem that this will make much of a difference to Disney in the grand scheme of things, given that the company has held firm on not rehiring James Gunn, and that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is bigger than one director or series of films. But we shall see what happens.
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Guardians of the Galaxy was directed by James Gunn and starred Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Benicio del Toro, and Glenn Close. The film is now available on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Characters Ranked From Best To Worst
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is nothing short of a triumph. The way that directors Anthony and Joe Russo along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely managed to bring all of these larger-than-life characters from separate films together so cohesively and in such an entertaining manner is something to be praised. And given the epic scale of this project along with its massive ensemble, some characters get to have more satisfying arcs than others, but nonetheless – each character somehow gets to have their moment in the spotlight to shine.
Here are the majority of the characters from the remarkable ensemble of Avengers: Infinity War ranked from best to worst. Granted, none of these characters are put in the situation where the film reaches “bad” territory, but given the amount of characters involved, certain characters shine more than others. But even with that, this just goes to show how the Russo Brothers, Markus and McFeely knocked this out of the park. Start the list by clicking Next.