Michael Rooker Knows Why James Gunn Had Him Killed In GOTG Vol. 2

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Michael Rooker's had a long history with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Fans might tear up remembering how Rooker's Yondu sacrificed himself in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but the American actor's used to getting killed on the big screen.

Rooker's been killed in almost every single Gunn film since Slither and though Gunn spiced things up a bit in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by having Rooker willingly give his life to save Chris Pratt's Peter Quill, the Ravager leader still ended up dead.


Speaking with Comicbook at the 2017 San Diego Comic-on last weekend, Rooker talked about Gunn's obsession with killing him off.

"I know why he killed me [in Vol. 2]," Rooker told the publication. "He loves killing me. He enjoys the hell out of it."

"I just do whatever the role is," the actor responded when asked whether he'd be open to playing a role in a James Gunn movie where he's kept alive. "If I have a say in it, of course I'd rather—no, I can't even say that. This worked. This is the way it should have been. It worked amazingly. I mean, the story was so poignant and gripping. That last act of the film was just genius."

The Marvel star's worked on quite a number of Gunn's films and in each and everyone (with the exception of the first Guardians of the Galaxy) – from Slither, to Super, to The Belko Experiment – the filmmaker had Rooker's characters killed. Guess they probably just have that kind of friendship where Gunn trusts Rooker to make a good death on the big screen.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gets its Digital HD release on August 8 and its Blu-Ray and DVD release on August 22.

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