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Sean Gunn, the unsung hero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe


WASHINGTON (Circa) - Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most popular movie franchises in the country, and one of the most popular characters is Rocket Raccoon. The aggressive, wise-talking, gun-toting fur ball, is voiced by actor Bradley Cooper, but he's not the only actor responsible for the character's success.

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Sean Gunn also plays as Rocket Raccoon. You may recognize Gunn for his other role in the franchise as Kraglin, a member of the Ravagers, but he's actually responible for Rocket's mannerisms. While Cooper offers his vocals for the character, Gunn dresses up in a special suit and has to physically act like a raccoon of sorts. Gunn's brother, James, is a director for the Guardian films. During a Facebook live, he explained why Cooper doesn't suit up as Rocket. This is an excerpt of what he said vie CinemaBlend:

"Sean Gunn is not a stand-in. He is a motion reference actor. That means we film everything Sean does on set as Rocket. We film it. I don't stop doing takes of him until we get the performance right and then we use that performance as a basis for much of Rocket's acting. And he does a fantastic job in that role. He knows it. He understands it. And also very important, Sean is able to physically do something most actors aren't able to do, which is waddle around on all fours. He's always been an incredibly limber guy that can to do a lot of strange physical things. And the fact that he's able to waddle around on his legs all day long at the exact height of Rocket is quite a feat and quite quite difficult."

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Luckily for Sean, his ability to be "limber" landed him a huge role in some of the biggest summer blockbusters.

Look for Sean next as Rocket Raccoon in "Avengers: Infinity War" coming out April 27.

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