Guardians Of The Galaxy Director James Gunn Explains Why Karen Gillan Had To Shave Her Head

James Gunn

One of the most memorable moments of Comic-Con was when actress Karen Gillan surprised fans by revealing she had gone bald for her role as Nebula in Guardians Of The Galaxy. When Karen Gillan made the surprise reveal, fans at Comic-Con cheered. However, some online fans evidently had a different reaction to Gillan's baldness.

As first reported on, Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn recently tweeted about getting hate messages over making Karen Gillan shave her head.

Despite the hate messages, James Gunn hasn't been shy about answering fan questions through Formspring.Unsurprisingly, a couple of the questions have had to do with Karen Gillan's baldness.

When asked if the head shaving was his decision, James Gunn replied, "Well basically yes. It was explained that whoever played Nebula would have to shave her head. So Karen knew about this when she auditioned." In regards to why he didn't just have her use a bald cap, James Gunn explained, "A bald cap looks fake when seen repeatedly up close and during long action sequences."


In addition to the baldness related questions, James Gunn also gave a couple other noteworthy answers to Guardians Of The Galaxy questions. In regards to if Peter Serafinowicz is really a Nova Corps Officer, James Gunn said, "He is telling the truth. It's not a secret as he was very prominent in the footage shown at Comicon. He's John C Reilly's superior and he's awesome!"

In regards to if his brother [actor Sean Gunn] will have a cameo in Guardians Of The Galaxy, James Gunn replied, "Cameo? Not quite." Gunn's reply actually makes us think that maybe his brother has a fairly large role in the film, which would not quite be a cameo.