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Guardians of the Galaxy was a film that was absolutely full of bizarre and interesting characters. With the sequel being a much larger film we would expect to see even more of that. However, director James Gunn recently admitted that he's had to cut some things from the movie that he wishes he could have kept. Specifically, he's had to cut a number of cameos that he had arranged for friends of his. This also means there's no place for Lloyd Kaufman, the founder of Troma and friend of Gunn, who appeared in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. According to Gunn...
No, he does not. Unfortunately, Lloyd [Kaufman]'s character was killed in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. But also, because of the smaller size... [laughs] Guardians Vol. 2 is a much bigger movie in so many ways, but again, as far as the actual cast of characters, the amount of people in the movie, it's a much smaller size. In fact, I had to cut some cameos from the movie, from friends of mine. Which was awful to me, and sucked! So that's no fun.
James Gunn clearly enjoys putting his friends and family into his films. His brother Sean will reprise his role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which he started in the first film. In addition, we heard the voice of Nathan Fillion, who Gunn previously directed, and saw Lloyd Kaufman, the co-founder of Troma Entertainment, where Gunn got early experience making movies, both in the film. Kaufman plays the part of a prisoner when the Guardians all end up in jail. That's him on the left.
While it seems that James Gunn wanted to do the same thing with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and fill it with cameos, it appears, based on his comments during a live Facebook broadcast, that the final version of the film will include far fewer cameos than he had intended. It's a little unclear why this has happened. It seems unlikely that the movie would need to have fewer characters for some reason. We doubt these cameos were in the movie entirely for cameo sake, it's more likely that the cameos were added in scenes that were eventually deemed unnecessary, which has led to the film simply having fewer characters in total.
While it's understandable that things need to be cut from films for numerous reasons, it will be interesting to see if Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 feels like a smaller movie due to the smaller number of overall characters. James Gunn says that the movie is bigger in all other ways, but the amount life that we saw all over the galaxy in the first film is part of what gave that movie its overall sense of size.
We'll get a chance to see the final result when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits screens May 5.