Marvel has been releasing a lot of great stuff for Guardians of the Galaxy this week, and I'm sure there is more to come. If you haven't seen that extended trailer yet, I highly suggest you check it out here! Today we have three new photos of Michael Rooker as Yondu in the epic sci-fi space adventure. In an interview with USA Today, the actor talked a little bit about his character.
For those of you who don't know the backstory of Yondu, he is connected to Chris Pratt's character Peter Quill. When Quill was a little kid he went through a tragedy and was taken off Earth by Yondu, who became his surrogate father figure, and he raised Peter alongside the Ravagers. This is how Rooker explains it:
"He's feeling lost, vulnerable, defeated, emotionally drained and hurt, and here is Yondu in this light coming down and brings him up into the spacecraft and takes him away. It might have been pretty horrific, but also a bit cool."
Rooker also says that Yondu has "some interesting issues — not a good guy, not a bad guy. There's hope and there's a heart inside… It's not so black and white — I should say blue and white. And I enjoy roles that are like that, even if they're not in some galaxy somewhere other than ours."
You can read more details about the relationship between Yondu and Quill in the interview and how it plays into the story that the movie tells. Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1st!
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