Pacific Rim Uprising replaces most of the franchises original cast with new characters, but it turns out the movie very nearly had one more brand new, but recognizable, face, director James Gunn. The Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director revealed in a congratulatory tweet to Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight that he and his other half, actress Jennifer Holland, actually had a cameo in the movie at one point. The moment didn't make it into the final cut, but Gunn shared a picture of what the pair would have looked like. Check it out.
I can't speak to James Gunn's DJ dancing moves, as the scene apparently didn't make it into the final cut of Pacific RIm Uprising. Based on the characters that James Gunn and Jennifer Holland were apparently playing, their scene likely would have come at the very beginning of the movie. Uprising opens with an opening montage that shows us the world of the film and contains voiceover from John Boyega describing the life his character lives. That life includes no shortage of parties and it was likely as part of that montage that we would have seen DJ Gunn, which, now that I write it, is an absolutely perfect DJ name.
We actually recently learned that the opening prologue sequence was actually added to Pacific Rim Uprising late, after test screenings indicated the movie needed to do more to remind the audience of the events of the first film. As such, it appears the addition of James Gunn was a late decision. The director doesn't explain on Twitter how he came by playing the part but it was likely just a happenstance of being around the shooting location and available to play the part.
Maybe we'll get to see James Gunn as part of some deleted scenes along with the eventual Blu-ray release of Pacific Rim Uprising. I'd certainly love to check out his great DJ dance moves. Gunn is being self-deprecating regarding his dancing, but if you've seen the dancing that Gunn did for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, to act as the reference for Baby Groot's opening credits dance, then you know the guy actually has some decent moves.
Even without an appearance by James Gunn, Pacific Rim Uprising is a fun movie, though it would almost certainly have been even better with him in it. Although, James Gunn certainly does his best work behind the camera. He is a producer on next month's Avengers: Infinity War and he is currently working on the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
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