During a live facebook chat Wednesday afternoon, a fairly regular occurrence for the writer/director, James Gunn talked a little bit about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; namely, how Michael Rooker ruined a wonderful rehearsal.
"Most of us aren’t really practical jokers, but we did have one day when we were rehearsing a very emotional scene with Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista), and they were sitting in there chairs in our rehearsal space," Gunn said when asked about practical jokes on the set. "We were very emotionally moved; Pom had tears in her eyes, speaking this wonderfully emotional speech, and we look up and through the glass of the doorway... there’s Michael Rooker’s bare, naked ass pressed up against it. So that’s a practical joke on set. There’s another one I can’t tell you about because it’s a spoiler, but I’ll tell you after the movie comes out."
Rooker, who reprises the role of Yondu from the first film, has been good friends with Gunn for several years, appearing in many of his movies. Luckily, it was just a rehearsal and not while they were actively filming the scene.
That wasn't the only mention of Mantis and Drax during the thirteen minute chat with fans, as Gunn had high praise for his cast, with both Bautista and Klementieff (along with Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula again in this film), getting special call outs.
"I don’t wanna tell you too much," he said when asked about how Guardians 2 is coming along. "I think the movie’s going great. I only have two weeks and two days left of shooting this film. I think the movie’s coming together really, really well. I think the cast has been fantastic. Every single actor that was in the first movie has gotten exponentially better. They all know their characters more deeply. Dave Bautista is absolutely killing it. Pom, who plays Mantis is killing it. Karen Gillan has had an amazing couple of weeks. She’s just been fantastic. So I think that there’s some really great stuff."
Gunn said that he's found the film to be more "emotionally wearing" than the first, but not harder to make; now that he's comfortable with his cast and crew he's pushing them, and himself, even harder.
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 is shooting now (for another two weeks and two days) for a May 5, 2017 release.