(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy welcomed Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, the stars of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The gang — bound for the movie’s premiere that took place across the street after the late-night show taped — also took on Mia Grace, a 5-year-old Marvel trivia fanatic.
Because Diesel and Cooper separately voiced their respective computer-generated characters, Groot and Rocket Raccoon, they explained they’d just met for the first time backstage at Kimmel.
For his part, Pratt, the star of Parks and Recreation and famous for supporting roles in movies like Zero Dark Thirty and Her, steps into leading man territory in Guardians, thanks to his character Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Pratt insists he had too much fun as the dual pistol-wielding thief-turned hero — sometimes at the expense of the film’s budget.
“I would shoot this gun…and over and over again they kept yelling cut, because…during the take I’d was going [makes gun sounds]. I was like, ‘Come on, that felt really good to me!’ And they’d were like, ‘That just cost us 150 thousand dollars. Stop with making the noise with your mouth!'”
On the red carpet in front of the El Capitan Theatre, Pratt remarked that Guardians is unique. “It’s comedy, drama, action, all which works simultaneously in a weird way that I don’t think has ever been done before,” he explained, before commenting that the role brings things full circle for him. “I’m excited for kids to pretend they’re Peter Quill in their backyard, like I did with all these heroes when I was a kid.”
Glenn Close, who plays interstellar top cop Nova Prime, said the production was “180 degrees different” from her 2012 period piece Albert Nobbs, “but really fun in its own way.”
Guardians of the Galaxy, which also stars Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro as well as Lee Pace and John C. Reilly, opens Aug. 1.
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