If the continued success of Guardians of the Galaxy is any indication, audiences really only want to know more and more about the Marvel film, and the good news is that writer/director James Gunn is around to deliver. He has been sharing behind-the-scenes info and photos from his movie for months now, and this week it seems he’s hit a theme of “deleted scenes. Yesterday we learned about a musical sequence that had to get the axe, and today we have a new story about a little extra pelvic sorcery the movie almost included.
The story begins with this photo of a beautiful woman that Gunn posted on his Instagram page:
This beautiful blue actress/model is Simara Dixon, who was originally going to be featured early in Guardians of the Galaxy when Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Rocket and Groot (Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel) “meet” on Xandar. Originally the film was going to include a sequence where Star-Lord parted ways with Bereet – the pretty pink Xandarian played by Melia Kreiling – and then immediately started hitting on Ms. Dixon (could this be the girl Peter is talking to when spotted by Rocket?). Later, during the fight sequence between Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket and Groot there was going to be a moment where Peter broke from the action to flirt with his new blue alien friend again. Ultimately the scene was cut for simple pacing issues.
As an extra bonus story to go with the deleted scene description, Gunn also explained that Dixon actually played a very important role in the makeup process on Guardians of the Galaxy. She was one of the models they tested alien skin color on, and Gunn believed that the job done on her was the first they really “nailed.”
” [H]er blue skin looked like blue skin up close and not like face paint. We soon discovered blue was much easier to master than some other colors... especially green, which was, as luck would have it, far and away the most difficult. We also found different skin colors worked better on certain types of faces - and Simara's distinct model bone structure was perfect.”
At the end of his caption, Gunn notes that he was remorseful that Dixon’s scenes had to be cut – throwing a shoutout to costume designer Alex Byrne – but added that “there's always the possibility she can reappear in a future Marvel film!”
On that note, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be in theaters July 28, 2017, and we can probably expect Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray and DVD later this year (hopefully with the described deleted scene included.