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Real Talk With Glenn Close: She’s in Guardians of the Galaxy for the Money

There’s a lot to wonder about in the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, and not just “who’s playing Rocket Raccoon.” Mostly how it manages to be so awesome and at the same time so tonally strange, with a Parks and Recreation alumn, action movie veteran Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace and Karen Gillan as antagonistic space aliens, and John C. Reilly and Glenn Close as officers in an intergalactic police force. But we can wonder no more about why Close signed off on appearing in the flick. We shouldn’t find it in any way surprising, but I’m still impressed and delighted at Glenn Close’s candidness.

Close recently appeared at the 18th Nantucket Film Festival, and was asked why or how she’d become involved in a huge budget special effects blockbuster like Guardians of the Galaxy. She answered candidly, saying that it wasn’t directly about her career goals, but rather an acknowledgement of what sorts of movies the industry currently focuses itself on.

I just did two independent films this summer and I had an absolute ball with fantastic actors, but in August, I’m gonna go off and do the next generation of Marvel Comics/Disney and I get to be the chief police of the galaxy… I’m doing that because it will then afford me to go do the other kind of movies that I really love, and hopefully I will have a great time [on Guardians of the Galaxy]. It’ll be a new experience for me, but practically speaking it will mean that I can do those smaller movies and it’ll be okay.

Money doesn’t grow on Groots, after all. Or does it? I don’t actually know that much about Groot. Close’s situation is not dissimilar to Robert Redford’s motivation in joining the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. According to the veteran actor, he wanted to do something different, and play a villain.

Either way, I have no doubt that Close will bring her full talent to the set, and I hope she does have good fun playing the galaxy’s chief of police.

(via Comic Book Movie.)

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  • AverageDrafter

    Prediction: She actually likes this kind of role and turns towards Genre films in her late career. Please, Please, please…

    She’d KILL as Granny Goodness.

  • Suzanne Larsen

    nope, for me its all about whos playing Rocket *laugh*

  • Melynda

    It’s always nice when an actor or actress doesn’t BS about why they took a part, but I have to admit I love it when actors take a role in a genre/franchise film because they just love the source material/character.

  • Brian

    Now that Bea Arthur is dead, I’m inclined to agree.

  • Brian

    Yeah, she’s definitely at the point in her career when she can do stuff just for the hell of it. I’m fairly certain “How’s the pay? Ah, why not, sounds like a kick,” is the motivation for like 80% of Ben Kingsley’s career at this point.

  • Anonymous

    I’m okay with that as long as she doesn’t pull a Hugo Weaving and disrespect the material afterwards. You don’t have to care, just think about the people who do.

  • AverageDrafter

    The Ben Kingsley retirement tour included a stint with Uwe Bole did it not?

    Actually, the guy just WORKS… like its his job or something. Every year since Gandhi he’s had at least one project… usually 2-3.

    I love and respect actors with this work ethic. He has nothing to prove, and just wants to keep his schedule busy. The money helps, but its not like he’s taking massive paychecks for these parts.

    Some people just love to work.

  • Brian

    Uwe Boll, The Dictator, Prince of Persia, The Love Guru, Thunderbirds… It was unfair of me, though, to include the “How’s the money” bit. He seems to have a Christopher Walken-like philosophy where he’ll do anything if he’s not already booked for something, and he seems to relish in new and unusual experiences, even if they are in crappy movies (Again, the Love Gur). And, again like Walken, saying yes to every offer has a pretty good success rate, the good overshadows the bad, and he keeps his cred. I love the guy.

  • John W

    She gets to make money. Marvel fans gets to see a good actress in a Marvel movie. Its a win win for everybody.

  • Anonymous

    I’d also add that it’s even more important that she approach the material respectfully before and during the performance. If she just phones it in, that will likely come through on screen.

  • Anonymous

    lol well at least she’s honest about it. Most actors who pretend to do it “for the fun” really mean “for the money” or “for the profile raise”. Whatever the reason, at least she’ll give it her best and not phone her performance in like um… Johnny Depp for the past 10 years?

  • Guymelef

    I’m basically gonna echo everyone else and take pleasure in how refreshing it is for an actor to be completely open about why they chose a role. Everyone’s gotta work, and not all actors can afford to be so picky as to only choose movies for which they have the major feels. My main exposure to Glenn Close has been through Damages (I would seriously watch her FOREVER as Patty Hewes), but having seen her in other things, she is a really multifaceted actress, so I’m looking forward to seeing what she brings to GotG.

  • Guymelef

    Was it just Transformers that Weaving trashed or was it also Cap America?

  • not-so-small-mercies

    Hoo boy, I almost thought you’d written Granny **Goddess** and was gonna go on a whitewashing rant. Both a reading comprehension fail, and the fact that I have Tamora Pierce on the brain can be blamed for this :)

  • dorothy_notgale

    I heard somewhere that he goes out of his way to find fun/bizarre/weird/trashy roles, because he got seriously sick of being associated with Gandhi all the time. This pleases me, because pretty much any film is even more fun to watch with a big dose of Ben Kingsley ham and cheese added.

  • Anonymous

    It was both. In case of Captain America, he basically forced Marvel to recast him if they wanted to use the Red Skull again.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    But seriously, who is playing Rocket Raccoon?

  • Brian

    I don’t think Weaving disrespected it, at least not in the interview that I read. His tone was more “It was something different, I was eager to try it and I’m not sorry, but it’s not really my thing.”

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  • dorothy_notgale

    I LOVE SNEAKERS! Aykroyd was just off the chain in that one!

    Edit: Also, Ponytail!Kingsley took that whole college prank WAY too seriously.

  • Aeryl

    I like Kingsley is War, Inc too. Aykroyd’s in that movie too!

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  • aggieagatha

    I like the honesty! If I were in her situation that is prob how i would play the game.

  • Ian Osmond

    “Doing a role for the money” doesn’t preclude playing it with full dedication. It doesn’t even preclude enjoying the experience.

    My aunt played the role of “the woman that Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy kick down the door and she’s in the bathroom” in THE HEAT. She had a blast. Is that one of the great roles in cinema? Is that her dream role? No, of course not. But DAMN did she have fun doing it.