If you're like me, you've spent the last month-and-a-half continually jamming out to the sounds of James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. The music selection featured in the movie is easily one of the most entertaining and enjoyable aspects of the film, and movie-goers will spend years remembering the time they first watched Peter Quill slide across Morag listening to "Come and Get Your Love" or sing "Ooh Child" in the third act. But did you know that there was originally going to be an additional music sequence that wound up getting cut from the film?
While I imagine some of you are still wondering what happened to the inclusion of Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" in Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn has reveled on his Instagram account that the film was originally going to include a scene featuring "Magic," the 1974 track by the Scottish pop rock outfit known as Pilot. The sequence is set in a prison and centers solely on the big blue alien dude who stabs Star-Lord with a shock stick while sorting the prisoner's stuff, and then winds up stealing his Walkman. While it didn't really add anything to the plot, the little moment featured the blue alien - played by actor Spencer Wilding - dancing around the Kyln listening to the aforementioned song. It was cut from the movie, but will find its way to audiences on Blu-ray.
To go with the news about the Mystery Missing Guardians of the Galaxy song, James Gunn posted this image:
That's Gunn posting with Wilding and a small container of Play-doh. Why? The director explains that the smell and feel of the classic children's toy helps him think creatively and that he would give them out on set to people he felt did a good job. Wilding earned the Play-doh for his performance in his cut dancing scene, hence why the photo relates to the story.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a tight two-hour film, but I can't wait to see all of the extra little bits and pieces that wound up getting cut for time and pacing purposes. What extra information will be hidden within those scenes? Will they give a bit more time to characters like Nebula and The Collector, who we really wanted to see more from? It may be a little while before we find out. After all, the movie is still performing extremely well in theaters, so there's no big reason to rush it to Blu-ray. That said, I wouldn't be too surprised if the film made its way in to the home video market just in time for holiday shopping at the end of the year.
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