Bradley Cooper on Portraying MCU's Rocket: Emotional Journey

Bradley Cooper unveils insights on his iconic MCU role

by Zain ul Abedin
Bradley Cooper on Portraying MCU's Rocket: Emotional Journey
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At Santa Barbara Film Festival, Bradley Cooper gave heartfelt reflection on the emotional journey it's been for him to voice the beloved character Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Cooper's take on the animated raccoon has brought depth and humor to the character since he first appeared in 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy," and his work has found wide-ranging acclaim, especially with fans of the MCU.

Then, during a Q&A at the festival - where he was named performer of the year for his work on "Maestro" - he also shared some light insights with People magazine about his connection to Rocket. "I love Rocket Raccoon so much," Cooper shared with the interviewer.

"The thing I'm most excited about doing is working with James when he comes back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which was the one where finally, Rocket's origin story is going to come back. Beyond that, Cooper finally conceded, "I cried.

Cooper's Rocket Reflections

Now 49, Cooper reflects on the distinctive experience of working with Gunn and the whole creative process of bringing Rocket to life. He raves about Gunn's directorial approach, which he compares to that of theater.

“It’s the greatest," Cooper said. "James is wonderful, and we would do it like a play, actually”. Describing the vagaries of voicing Rocket, Cooper noted how most of his work on the movie didn't come until after the principal filming had been done.

At first, they showed him scenes; eventually, Gunn would read other parts and they could act out scenes like a play. "It was actually really fun," Cooper remembered. "Reflecting over the ten years I've been with Rocket," Cooper said, shaking his head in disbelief.

"It's just amazing how this role took on so long and developed. It just kept on giving. Couldn't believe it. We made the first one. We'd never in a million years think I would play it for over a decade. It's crazy.

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