James Gunn Originally Wanted David Bowie for Guardians of the Galaxy 2


by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

The world lost another icon today, as David Bowie passed away at the age of 69. Bowie was a unique individual that crossed over with music, feature films and so much more.

And it’s with his passing that we learn James Gunn had a spot all planned out for Ziggy Stardust himself in the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The filmmaker took to his Facebook account to let people know what kind of an effect Bowie had on him:

Just a very short while ago Kevin Feige and I were talking about a cameo role in Guardians Vol. 2, and he brought up Bowie’s name. I told him nothing in the world would make me happier, but I heard from common friends he wasn’t doing well. We heard back that he was okay and it could potentially happen. Who knows what that was about? But, for whatever reason, it made my Twitter revelation more of a surprise.

Bowie meant so much to Gunn that the musician was going to have a unique honor – being the only melody maker with a song on each volume of the GOTG soundtrack:

Bowie was an idol of mine, huge and omnipresent. Few artists in any field have had as an indelible impression upon me as he has. To my mind, Ziggy Stardust is perhaps the greatest rock and roll album of all time. We featured “Moonage Daydream” in Guardians, but I always thought the album’s character was felt far beyond that, in the aesthetics, in the integral and seemingly-natural linking in popular culture of ’70’s rock and space opera. I’ve been trying to work another song from Ziggy into the sequel, which would make Bowie the only artist to have a song on both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. I thought this was fair and appropriate. Although I cut the scene it was used in from the script, we have the rights. Who knows. Maybe I can figure a way out.

Now we can only imagine what kind of craziness Gunn had planned for David Bowie, even if it would have been just a quick cameo.

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