Fans of Zoe Saldana have followed her through her career from Center Stage to now a superstar Marvel superheroine as Gamora. Although she may be green and feel like “a lizard” while being in costume her beauty shines through. Her talent and chemistry with the “team of misfits” in Guardians of the Galaxy is pertinent to the success this movie has had even before opening! I have had the opportunity to screen the movie already and it is so good!
As many of you know I attended the Guardians of the Galaxy press junket. When interviewing Zoe, I realized that she really knew her character deep down and she is even more beautiful in person. I remember looking at her thinking, “WOW”!
So who is Gamora? Gamora is known as the most dangerous woman of the universe. She is a crazy assassin that has super martial arts skills. She is the last of her species and Thanos is her dad who adopted her to use her as a weapon. She was an orphan who was taken from her planet but deep down she is a great person. So here are the highlights of the interview:
During the interview Zoe talked about how important it was to be a role model for girls and women. She said kids and girls get excited saying “I’m a princess!” but she says, “Did you know that you can also be the King?”” She says playing this role in the movie is a selfless thing.
Question: The first time you saw yourself in full makeup what was that like for you?
Zoe: And they make me wear these contacts at first we tested with these contact lenses that just made me look like a lizard. I’m like I do look like a lizard?…And then they decided that it was better to not to do contacts because with the eyes you’re, you’re able to sort of then connect more with your own eyes. For some reason contact lenses it’s just, it’s, it’s– it’s not as penetrable as your own eyes. Um it was interesting. It was you know it was interesting.
Question: How long is the makeup process?
Zoe: 4 1/2 to 5 hours…I really get home and… it was green everywhere. Like on the pillow and the tub. My dog was green.
Question: What kind of training did you do for your role?
Zoe: (Talking about James Gunn) There’s a confidence in his word that you know he’s gonna’ keep his word as well. He’s going to deliver and it felt really, really good. And that, that said I was like, “Okay how am I gonna’ make this character different from all the other action characters that I’ve done before?” And um my husband’s an Artist and we were meeting with a colleague of his who was sharing, sharing with us uh her latest work.
…And so I just kinda’ added those little twists and then I thought well she’s an orphan. She was taken from her planet. Um so kind of reminding me of The Lost Boys of Sudan. It’s children that taken and forced into a life of crime and violence and deep, deep they’re good people.
Question: So how much of the stunts were you vs. a double?
Zoe: 50/50…And it was great. Her name is Chloe, my name is Zoe. She was fabulous. You can actually see her on You Tube. She um, she does a lot of work with staff and she’s an amazing Marshal Artist and her kicks are amazing. So she wears contacts and stuff. So was brilliant. I knew that Gamora was in good hands.
Question: How do you choose what projects you get involved in?
Zoe: The script, the filmmaker, uh and my character. Like my character needs to feel relevant.
Question : How does working on this action film compare with say romantic comedies?
Zoe: Budget is different. They’re very different…This one is much more alive. So there’s a lot more to do. There’s a lot more rehearsals, a lot more training, but I like doing those romantic comedies. I kinda’ wanna’ do more of them you know. I just wanna’ find the right ones.
This movie will be out in theaters every where on August 1, 2014! Be sure to purchase your tickets today because I am imagining a full out theater with Rotten Tomatoes giving the movie 100% so far!
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor,
Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An
action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel
Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object -21-14
of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain
with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is
forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon,
Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the
Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the
cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the
galaxy’s fate in the balance.
Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes,
Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as
Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou,
with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.
James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan
Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers.
Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”