"His character’s kind of the best, he has the best arc in the movie..." says Pratt of the scrappy little superhero. Though at the time of our visit, Rocket was yet to be voiced, director James Gunn and the cast all agree that getting him right is the key to the film’s success.
"Rocket really has to be a balance between somebody who can do the fast talking speech patterns that Rocket has, but also can be funny and has the heart that Rocket has, because there’s actually some pretty dramatic scenes with Rocket.
"To be able to get that has proven extremely hard – both among stars who weren’t able to do one aspect or another and among voice-actors who seem to have a really hard time doing the dramatic aspect of the voice – it seems to almost always sound like a cartoon. So really getting all those things and doing all those things in the right way is what the challenge is."
Bradley Cooper’s now on board and Gunn seems thrilled to bits.
"In all truth, we hired Bradley because he’s able to do both comedy and drama – it’s the thing I look for most in the actors on all my films. And to truly sell Rocket, for you to believe a Raccoon can talk and blow up and shoot tons of stuff, we need a well-rounded actor."