Practice makes perfect in behind the scenes Guardians Vol. 2 shots

There are times when actors and filmmakers have to endure a great deal of suffering in order to create great art (see - The Revenant), and there are times when it's clear that everyone involved in a production had a blast. Guardians of the Galaxy definitely comes under the latter category, and if these behind the scenes photos from director James Gunn are any indication, work on the sequel is going to be just as fun.

The first photo sees the cast in awe of Dave Bautista's acting skills, with Gunn also playfully shaming Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt in the post...

When someone's screwing up a scene during rehearsals I show them Dave Bautista (Batista) as an example of good acting. With Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, and Sean Gunn. #GotGVol2

Posted by James Gunn on Monday, February 1, 2016

The second photo confirms the return of Michael Rooker as Yondu, the blue-skinned Ravager leader of the original. He doesn't look as happy...

Michael Rooker doesn't like being shot during rehearsals (with Sean Gunn). #GotGVol2

Posted by James Gunn on Thursday, January 28, 2016

Directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in UK cinemas on April 28, 2017 before opening in US theatres on May 5, 2017.

Images: Marvel/James Gunn

Amon Warmann

Amon is a contributing editor and columnist for Empire magazine, but is also a Film and TV writer for GamesRadar+, Total Film, and others. He has also written for NME, Composer Mag, and more, along with being a film critic for TalkSport. He is also the co-host of the Fade to Black Podcast, and a video mashup creator. Can also do a pretty good Bane impersonation.