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The Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Scene Michael Rooker Almost Ruined Because He Fell Asleep

Yondu and Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The following story contains real spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. For real, stop reading now if you haven't seen the film yet. We're about to discuss a pivotal scene.

Superhero movies are very exciting. James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, for example, was wall-to-wall adventure, with some cosmic thrills mixed in for good measure. MAKING a superhero movie, however, triggers a lot of down time. And when it came time for Michael Rooker to help his cast mates film the funeral scene for his recently deceased character, Yondu, the actor admits in a new interview that he fell fast asleep while laying on the table. Rooker says:

By the time they put the little thing over my eyes, I was, like, out man!

Michael Rooker was chatting with Yahoo Movies about the final scenes of James Gunn's summer blockbuster, and was asked what his last days on the set were like. As you know, the last moments of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 involved a Ravager funeral for Yondu, who sacrificed himself so that his "adopted" son, Peter (Chris Pratt), could wear their lone spacesuit and survive. In an interview, Rooker says he doesn't remember anything about the scene, and co-star Karen Gillan (who plays Nebula) laughs and explains that this is because Rooker fell asleep, and could be heard snoring from the other side of the room. This forces Rooker to reveal that because he had things over his eyes -- standing in for ceremonial funeral garb -- he took the opportunity to snooze. I can't blame him.

Listen to Michael Rooker tell the tale by clicking over here to Yahoo's site.

The Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's (so far) only space-based team of superheroes, fended off a real challenge from Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell) in their second adventure. They'll next prepare to assist the Avengers -- and the rest of the stragglers in the MCU -- when the mighty Thanos arrives on Earth in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War. Providing they survive that encounter, the team will reconvene for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which James Gunn has said that he's already working on. He also said that it will be the culmination of the story arc that he started with this core team of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (the voice of Vin Diesel) and Rocket (the voice of Bradley Cooper).

And now that the narcoleptic Michael Rooker isn't around to mess up takes, we're expecting a smoother shoot from here on out for the Guardians!

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