Michael Rooker pleads case for Rocket Raccoon role in new movie

Posted on October 8, 2012 - 12:00pm by logicallydashing

Specifics on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie are still being ironed out, namely who will be starring in the lead roles. Many comic book fans wonder specifically on who will play as the furry weapons master Rocket Raccoon. Considering director James Gunn likes to stick with actors he has worked with before, this has lead folks to believe that everyone's favorite racist redneck Merle Dixon, portrayed by Michael Rooker, from The Walking Dead could be a natural fit.

Rooker has previously worked with Gunn in past movies including Slither and Super. When asked about the idea of working with his director pal again in Guardians of the Galaxy, he had this to say.

"Oh yeah, most certainly. I know that James Gunn is doing it. He is directing it and he is rewriting it. He is a very loyal director and writer when it comes to working with people that he knows and loves. He really appreciates the efforts that each actor puts into these roles. I would be very honored and pleased to work with James Gunn again. Whether it will happen or not, I don’t know, but he is a dynamite guy and we have remained friends ever since we worked together on Slither.... I haven’t done much research on it at all yet because I don’t know what is going to happen. I’m really crazy busy with The Walking Dead right now. You know what? Write this up. Tweet the fuck out of it. If the fans want me as Rocket Raccoon, Marvel will listen to you guys. Perhaps I will be lucky and blessed enough to go in there, and go at it with Mr. Gunn again, who knows?"

I personally wouldn't mind having Greg Ellis reprise the role. His portrayal of the guardian affectionately known as "Rocky" in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 had a lot of character which instantly made me a fan. You've got to love that cockney accent!

Who do you think would be a great candidate to portray this feisty and furious furry? Let your voice be heard in the comments below!

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