Guardians of the Galaxy 2’s Ego Is “Biggest Visual Effect Of All Time”
There isn’t that much info on Star Lord’s (Chris Pratt) massive plant of a father (Kurt Rusell) just yet with the most recent preview appearance being a short clip in a scene teased at the very end of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer. What we do know however is the character’s planetary form being the hardest visual effect to work with.
Speaking with Empire Magazine, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn revealed how difficult it was to pull off Ego The Living Planet’s massive planetary form which was inspired from Hal Tenny’s fractal art.
“I started writing for Kurt as I was finishing the screenplay,” Gunn reveals. “I would have been really disappointed if he’d said no.”
“We have over a trillion polygons on Ego’s planet. It’s the biggest visual effect of all time. There’s nothing even close to it. Which is cool,” the director adds.
“That’s true!” Russell laughs when told that Ego is the biggest part that he’s ever played. “I’ve never played anybody bigger! I’ve never played a character with broader possibilities, I’ll say that.”
It isn’t really surprising how much effort the production team is taking to create Ego’s planetary look – after all, the being does play Peter Quill’s father. The only question left is how large of a role is Rusell actually filling? How important is Ego to the film’s main plot? Let’s wait and see.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 releases on May 5, 2017.