Disney moved the screening from its usual home of the El Capitan Theater to the larger Dolby Theater across the street, with a red carpet moving “Guardians’” stars Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Benicio del Toro, Glenn Close, Lee Pace and Vin Diesel, and guests including Anna Faris, Zachary Levi, Chris Hardwick, “Agents of SHIELD’s” Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton and Chloe Bennet past wax figures of the Avengers from Madame Tussaud’s museum.
“I am so incredibly proud and pleased that we, throughout this process, have kept our hearts in it and made a movie we sincerely love and care about — a movie about people loving each other,” said “Guardians” director James Gunn. “To make a Hollywood movie and to come out the other end where we still love all the people you created this with is an incredibly rare thing.”
Zoe Saldana, who plays the green-skinned assassin Gamora in “Guardians,” said being covered in the makeup during the production of the film created some frustrations.
“I ruined a couple jeans, T-shirts, pillows, sheets, walls,” Zaldana said. “I don’t think my husband was happy about getting hugged every evening and getting half of his clothing stained. Our landlady wasn’t happy when we left our apartment in London. Mugsy, my dog, was over it. My driver wasn’t happy. Every time he would see me wearing a small dress, he would say, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s going to stain the leather in my Audi.’”
But Saldana said the role was worth it, not only to be in another franchise, in addition to “Star Trek” and “Avatar,” but because the role “means something to me, but to a lot of people, not just women, but children, as well. In life, women play strong and important roles and when studios like Marvel start to pay attention to that and give consumers what the consumer really wants to see, which is themselves, it makes for a more enticing movie.”
Karen Gillan, best known for her role in BBC’s “Doctor Who,” plays the blue-skinned Nebula in the film. While she’s surprised she’s wound up in a number of sci-fi properties, “I’m certainly not complaining,” she said. “The genre fans are the best. People are so passionate.” Her dream role, however: William Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth.
(Pictured: Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan and Vin Diesel at the party for “Guardians of the Galaxy”)