Last night, James Gunn along with his brother Sean, and Michael Rooker hosted a special Guardians Of The Galaxy Live Commentary/Q&A event on his Facebook page. During the event the director revealed some interesting tidbits about the film.
Did you know Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) was originally supposed to kill his surrogate father Yondu? "In the original script (that I wrote) Rocket had a little bomb in this scene," James Gunn wrote. "At the end Quill put it in the Orb when he gave it to Yondu. And, as Yondu flew away at the very end, his whole ship exploded!!" That's quite a bit different than finding a troll doll where the Orb should be. Gunn had a feeling people would like Rooker's portrayal of Yondu so he decided to take it out, despite "a lot of people" being upset with him for doing so.
Nova Corps member Denarian Saal (Peter Serafinowicz) who is best known for the "What a bunch of a-holes" lines was killed during the battle on Xandar. I always found that scene to be a bit odd as Rocket seems heartbroken over Saal's death, but there really wasn't much of a relationship there. Gunn has an explanation for that, "There was more talk between Rocket and Saal in the original cut, which is why Rocket is so upset when Saal dies." Okay, now it makes sense.
In the past, Gunn has said the scene where Ronan (Lee Pace) is summoned to Thanos' (voiced by Josh Brolin) Sanctuary was the hardest one for him to write. Even though it was difficult that did not mean Gunn didn't want him in the film. "I CHOSE to have him in the film. Kevin at one point wanted to take him out," Gunn posted. "But I didn't want to lose the connection to the Avengers since more people would see the movie. I also like Thanos. But he was difficult because he made the relationships to the other characters so difficult and more complicated - and he served future stories more than this one." Wow, I'm certainly surprised that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige wanted to cut Thanos from Guardians. Glad that didn't happen.
Gunn discussed the most raunchy line in the film. "If I had a black light, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting," Peter Quill boasted. "The Jackson Pollock line was something I said on set and asked Chris to say," Gunn explained. "We only filmed it one time. People thought we were wasting time on set, because nothing that dirty would ever make it into the film." Welp, those people were wrong.