Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Guardians of the Galaxy Cameos
Guardians of the Galaxy features many cameo appearances by James Gunn’s friends and colleagues. Lets take a look at a few of the appearances we know about:
You might have noticed writer/director/screenwriter Lloyd Kaufman in one scene. The co-founder of the Troma Entertainment and director of Toxic Avenger helped give Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn his start in Hollywood. Gunn was a writer, associate director and executive in charge of production on Troma’s 1996 film Tromeo and Juliet. Kaufman has had cameos in Gunn’s other films, and Gunn has had cameos in Kaufman’s directorial efforts. In Guardians, Kaufman plays a yellow-suited prisoner yelling from one of the Klyn platforms. Above is a behind the scenes photo of Kaufman in costume.
Rob Zombie voiced the Ravager navigation computer system. Zombie is a long-time personal friend of director James Gunn, and has appeared in a bunch of his films – He played the voice of a doctor on the phone with Elizabeth Banks in Slither and played God in Super. Gunn has said “I think I’ll probably just have Rob play a voice role in every single one of my movies.”
Nathan Fillion makes a very quick cameo in the Klyn as the big blue alien inmate that gets lifted up by his nostrils and taken out by Groot.
Seth voiced Howard The Duck in the post-credits stinger.
James Gunn appears somewhere as a maskless Sakaaran.
James Gunn’s brother Sean Gunn appears in the film as both computer generated characters and a live-action role (you can read about his CG roles on the next page). His live-action performance was as Kraglin, Yondu Udonta’s (Michael Rooker) sidekick lackey and the actor is probably best known for a starring role on Gilmore Girls. You can see a screenshot of him above.
Stan Lee has appeared in many of the Marvel comic book adaptations, usually movied based on characters he helped create. Here is a montage of all of his appearances:
It wouldn’t be a Marvel film without an appearance from famed comic book creator and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee. Though Lee is not directly responsible for the creation of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the same way he was involved in the origins of so many other Marvel characters, he is credited with creating Groot alongside Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers. You can see Lee standing next to an attractive young woman while Rocket Raccoon searches and makes fun of the crowd using his digital binocular tablet device on the planet of Xandar.
Dr. Wesley Von Spears
James Gunn’s dog Dr Wesley Von Spears makes a brief cameo appearance in the film. James has confirmed that Wesley can be seen in as the holographic dog with the little girl on Morag near the beginning of the movie. Gunn has also taken photos of his dog on every set of Guardians of the Galaxy, some of the photos he’s posted on Instagram and Twitter like the image above of Wesley on Ronan’s throne aboard the Dark Aster.