During an interview with Agents of Fandom for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Sean Gunn spoke about his DCU future in the upcoming TV series Creature Commandos, along with the process of bringing Rocket Raccoon to life.
Sean Gunn has worked closely with his brother James for many years throughout a multitude of different projects, and it appears their connection won’t suffer any separation as James Gunn transitions into the co-chairman and CEO role at DC Studios.
A dual role for Sean Gunn in Creature Commandos
Similarly to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise where he plays Kraglin in addition to recording the motion capture for Rocket Raccoon, Gunn will play both the new role of G.I. Robot and reprise his role of Weasel from The Suicide Squad (2021) in Creature Commandos. The common denominator in these new DCU roles is that both cover Gunn’s face completely. When asked about his dual roles and if there are any characters he would like to take on, he had this to say:
“I don’t know, I don’t think about that kind of stuff. If I’m ever like ‘What I really want to do is this!’ my career is just going to take a left turn, and I’m going to do something exactly opposite. But I can tell you I love Creature Commandos and I love that we’ll find a little more about Weasel’s history which is fun, and G.I. Robot is one of my favorite characters I’ve ever played because he hates Nazis, and I hate Nazis, so now we’re talking.”—Sean Gunn, with Agents of Fandom
Sean Gunn has a very distinct voice and is a perfect fit to jump in and out of live action, given his experience with Rocket Raccoon’s motion capture. Weasel meets an untimely demise early into 2021’s The Suicide Squad, so it will be exciting to see Sean and his brother James craft a backstory designed to teach us more about such a unique character.
The brilliance behind Rocket Raccoon
In addition to serving as the emotional final chapter for the entire team, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 will provide context to Rocket’s backstory before he ran with Groot and the Guardians crew.
Sean Gunn is set to voice a younger version of Rocket along with continuing to do the motion capture, and an expansion for Rocket’s story means more input needed to make it happen. When asked about the “relay race” of bringing Rocket Raccoon to life with so many other people, Sean Gunn said:
“It’s been different in previous movies, this one is a little different because we dig into Rocket’s origin story, and we see him as a very young Raccoon. The thing is, it takes a team of people to create Rocket, and this time we’re always figuring it out, making sure ‘How do we all come together to create this character so that he pops on the screen?’”
“But I still look at it the same way I have all along, which is just that I’m trying to tell this guy’s story the best I can.”—Sean Gunn, with Agents of Fandom
“It takes a village to raise a child.”
Rocket Raccoon may just be one character, but it takes a family of talented people to bring him and his story to life. The thought of saying goodbye to Rocket in this film is absolutely heartbreaking, but if there’s one thing James Gunn knows how to do, it’s take a character through an emotionally satisfying arc all the way to a heartfelt conclusion.
Sean Gunn deserves all of his success
Some claim that Sean Gunn and other James Gunn project regulars only receive roles because of nepotism, but this could not be further from the truth. James Gunn is not the first person in Hollywood to enjoy working with his friends and family, and he won’t be the last.
Sean Gunn is immensely talented, and he deserves all the praise for his performances as Rocket over the last nine years. Nepotism claims only have any credibility when someone doesn’t hold up in their field of work, which immediately disqualifies Sean Gunn. Not only does he hold up, he stands out. He’s earned each one of his roles.
Fans can expect to see Sean Gunn feature as both Kraglin and Rocket Raccoon in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, with more exciting roles as Weasel and G.I. Robot in the DCU set to come.