Michael Rosenbaum Reveals Major Cuts to His ‘Guardians of the Galaxy' Role

Rosenbaum discusses his diverse experiences in Marvel's universe

by Zain ul Abedin
Michael Rosenbaum Reveals Major Cuts to His ‘Guardians of the Galaxy' Role
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Michael Rosenbaum's journey through the cosmos with Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" might have seen him wield more than just a few lines had his character’s original script come to life. Known for his role as Martinex in the franchise, Rosenbaum opened up about the significant cuts to his part during a panel at Nashville Comicon.

The "Smallville" alum was candid about his reduced screen time in James Gunn's acclaimed sci-fi series. "The role was supposed to be a lot bigger. They cut a lot out," Rosenbaum shared. He revealed that the script initially included more extensive displays of Martinex’s unique abilities.

"You were supposed to see... it was written in the script to see Martinex's cool powers. But they had so much to talk about in the script that they ended up cutting it out. And there was some other stuff." Despite these changes, Rosenbaum harbours no resentment toward Gunn.

His gratitude for the experience and his reunion with Gunn, a close friend since their collaboration on the 2008 series "PG Porn," overshadow any disappointment. "It was fun," he reflected. "For me, it's like, I'm working with my friends, I get paid, I'm in a big Marvel movie, life could suck worse, you know what I mean? I'm very grateful."

Rosenbaum's Audition Revelations

Rosenbaum's portrayal of Martinex first graced the big screen in 2017's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

2," where he appeared alongside Sylvester Stallone’s Stakar Ogord. The duo briefly reappears in the 2023 sequel, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3." Before securing the role of Martinex, Rosenbaum had aspirations for a different character within the cosmic ensemble.

He auditioned for the lead role of Peter Quill/Star-Lord, a part that ultimately went to Chris Pratt. Recalling the nerve-wracking audition for Gunn, Rosenbaum shared, "I was nervous as shit. You're sitting there with one of your best friends who's directing a huge movie, who knows your ability and said, ‘I wanna see your take on Peter Quill.'

Now the pressure's on. I just had to shut it off … I remember coming up with my own dance for the Star-Lord dance scene. I had a great partner, it felt really organic right from the start." Though he didn’t land the role of Star-Lord, Rosenbaum expressed no regrets.

His focus was not on securing the role but on delivering a performance worthy of his friend's vision. "I didn't really care about getting the part," he explained. "I didn't know anything about the Guardians comics. I just wanted to do a good job for James." Rosenbaum’s experiences within the "Guardians of the Galaxy" series illustrate the unpredictable nature of film-making, where even stars can see their roles evolve in unexpected ways. His story sheds light on the behind-the-scenes decisions that shape the characters loved by audiences worldwide.