Although Marvel's Guardian of the Galaxy won't go in front of the camera for a while yet, The Walking Dead actor Michael Rooker is making an early pitch to play a certain furry pint-sized tactician.
"I love raccoons," the actor tells MovieWeb with a knowing laugh. "Raccoons are my friends!"
Rooker as the gravelly voice of the gun-toting Rocket Raccoon: He worked with director James Gunn on the 2006 horror-comedy Slither and again on the 2010 superhero comedy Super. "He is a very loyal director. He is a very loyal writer, when it comes to working with people that he knows and loves," the actor says. "He really appreciates the efforts that each actor puts into these roles."
And if the studio would require someone to don a form-fitting motion-capture suit for the role, Mark Ruffalo-style, Rooker has experience from his work on the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Clearly, Marvel needs look no further for Rocket Raccoon.
The actor concedes that his return to The Walking Dead this season as racist meth addict Merle Dixon leaves him little time for other projects, but he makes it clear he'd find room on his schedule for Guardians of the Galaxy.
"I'm really crazy busy with The Walking Dead right now. But you know what? Write this up. Tweet the fuck out of it," Rooker says. "If the fans want me as Rocket Raccoon, Marvel will listen to you guys, I think, sometimes. ... Perhaps I will be lucky and blessed enough to go in there, and go at it with Mr. Gunn again, who knows?"
Officially announced in July at Comic-Con International, Guardians of the Galaxy is reportedly “about a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.” Although the Guardians have boasted a large and changing roster over the past four decades, the concept art Marvel debuted at Comic-Con features Rocket Raccoon; Drax the Destroyer, the human resurrected in the body of an alien to combat Thanos; Groot, the extraterrestrial tree monster; Star-Lord, the interplanetary police officer; and Gamora, the most dangerous woman in the universe.
Part of Marvel’s second wave of films, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to open Aug. 1, 2014.