Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Star Defends Controversial Scenes

Baby Rocket the Raccoon looking fearful

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 actor Miriam Shor explained why the film’s most hard-to-watch scenes were necessary.

The most recent installment of Guardians of the Galaxy delves into previously unexplored territory regarding Rocket’s past, depicting brutal experiments the character endured at the hands of the High Evolutionary. During a recent interview with The Direct, Miriam Shor, who plays the High Evolutionary’s advisor Recorder Vin, broke down why director James Gunn felt these controversial scenes were vital for the film’s story.


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“…He was just like, ‘You have to go for it. It has to be terrible,’ The stakes have to be that high for the story to work,” Shor explained. “There has to be, you know, and I as a fan, know that for the fans, it has to be. Like, if you’re a bad guy in these movies, you can’t pull your punches, because it doesn’t work. But there was definitely a moment where I was like, ‘I don’t think that kids are gonna let me come home after they see this movie.”

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While Shor openly defended Gunn’s decision, she also acknowledged that, as a parent and an animal lover, she felt conflicted about showing the film to her children. “I have two kids who are huge fans. My youngest in particular is an animal lover,” Shor said. “And my husband and I were like, ‘How are we gonna do this… this is a hard movie for animal lovers to watch because it goes to a really, really really dark place.” However, Shor explained that the scenes also fulfill an important purpose for Rocket’s character, who struggles with his identity over the course of the series. “…We’re talking about Rocket’s backstory, we’re talking about, you know, an entity who is grappling or not with whether he is what kind of being he is…his refrain is always ‘not a raccoon,’ but why doesn’t he want to be one?” Shor said.” “What is he? What is he pushing against?”

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While Guardians of the Galaxy 3‘s animal experimentation scenes are difficult for many viewers to sit through, they have also netted the director praise from certain advocacy groups. The animal rights organization PETA gave the film its seal of approval while declaring GotG 3 to be “the best animal rights film of the year.” While acknowledging that the film contains many PETA-approved moments, Shor also asserted that the film is not an entirely bleak experience for animal lovers, explaining that it is ultimately “triumphant for animal lovers too.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now in theaters.

Source: The Direct


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