James Gunn wanted Velma to be ‘explicitly gay’ in Scooby-Doo movie

James Gunn has revealed he was stopped from making Scooby-Doo character Velma Dinkley from being “explicitly gay” in the live-action movie.The filmmaker penned the script for the hit 2002 comedy, which starred Linda Cardellini as the fictional sleuth, …

James Gunn has revealed he was stopped from making Scooby-Doo character Velma Dinkley from being “explicitly gay” in the live-action movie.

The filmmaker penned the script for the hit 2002 comedy, which starred Linda Cardellini as the fictional sleuth, alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, and Matthew Lillard as loveable goofball Shaggy.

During a recent Twitter Q&A, Gunn revealed that he wanted Cardellini’s character to be a lesbian in the film, but was stopped by Warner Bros. executives.

“Please make our live-action lesbian Velma dreams come true,” one follower asked him, prompting the Guardians of the Galaxy director to explain what really happened behind the scenes.

“I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous ( the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel),” he replied.

He also added that viewers can see deleted scenes from the live-action movie that hint at Velma’s attraction to women.

This isn’t the first time that the stars involved in the franchise have discussed Velma’s sexuality, as Gellar previously revealed that Daphne and Velma were originally supposed to kiss during a body swap scene in the 2002 comedy.

“It wasn’t just, like, for fun… Initially in the soul-swapping scene, Velma and Daphne couldn’t seem to get their souls back together in the woods, and so the way they found was to kiss and the souls went back into proper alignment. Linda is quite a kisser,” she told Syfy Wire.

The actors reprised their roles for the 2004 sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, which was also written by Gunn.

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James Gunn was told he could ‘do whatever he wants’ with any DC Comics’ character

James Gunn was told by Warner Bros. executives that he could do what he wants with any character from the DC Comics universe.Last year, the filmmaker was hired to helm The Suicide Squad, which is a loose sequel to David Ayer’s original 2016 blockbuster…

James Gunn was told by Warner Bros. executives that he could do what he wants with any character from the DC Comics universe.

Last year, the filmmaker was hired to helm The Suicide Squad, which is a loose sequel to David Ayer’s original 2016 blockbuster, and filming finished just before the Hollywood shutdown amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a Q&A on his Instagram Stories, Gunn was quizzed about the upcoming movie, which sees Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman reprise their roles, and revealed that when he was in early talks with Warner Bros. about helming the film, he was offered his pick of projects.

One follower asked the 53-year-old if the rumours that he was asked by studio bosses to direct a standalone Superman movie were true, prompting Gunn to set the record straight.

“No one offered me a specific film, but various characters were brought up. DC said I could do what I wanted with any of the characters,” he explained. “I chose Suicide Squad because of my love for the Ostrader books, and movies like The Dirty Dozen. I couldn’t be happier with the film so far!”

He also cryptically teased the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and told followers that the third movie, which is currently on hiatus due to Covid-19, would be the last for him and his cast, including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana.

“It’s probably my last one, and probably the last with the current team. But you never know!” he quipped.

Elsewhere in the Q&A, Gunn revealed that helming a huge superhero ensemble blockbuster would never be in the pipeline for him.

“I haven’t been asked, but wouldn’t do it if I was,” he replied to one fan, who asked if he would ever direct an Avengers movie. “Just doesn’t appeal to me.”

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Chris Pratt gaining weight after indulging in wife Katherine’s pregnancy cravings

Chris Pratt} has “gained a little weight” after helping his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger indulge in her pregnancy cravings during the coronavirus lockdown.The Parks and Recreation actor and author are set to welcome their first child together later th…

Chris Pratt} has “gained a little weight” after helping his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger indulge in her pregnancy cravings during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Parks and Recreation actor and author are set to welcome their first child together later this year, and in a recent chat with Extra, Chris revealed he’s finding it challenging to stay away from her snacks while they are at home together.

“I’ve gained a little weight. It’s been tough,” he told the outlet, revealing they have been pigging out on “pickles and ice cream”.

“I never thought I would like ’em so much,” Chris joked.

And the star went on to admit he’s learned not to comment on his physical pains in front of Katherine, as it’s nothing compared to what she is going through.

“I found myself complaining the other day about a little bit of low back and hip pain and how I’ve gained a little weight in quarantine…,” the 40-year-old shared. “And she just sweetly looked at me and I was like…, ‘Oh, right, right, I don’t really get to complain about that to you right now, do I?'”

The chat with Extra marks the first time Chris has spoken about the baby news. The tot will be 30-year-old Katherine’s first, while the Jurassic World actor already shares a seven-year-old son named Jack with his ex-wife Anna Faris.

Chris and Katherine, who is the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, tied the knot in June 2019.

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Vin Diesel’s son encouraged him to star in Bloodshot

Vin Diesel’s son convinced him to take on the role of a super soldier in Bloodshot.In the upcoming action feature, the actor plays Ray Garrison, a former Marine who is assassinated and then brought back to life as a biotech killing machine by a team of…

Vin Diesel’s son convinced him to take on the role of a super soldier in Bloodshot.

In the upcoming action feature, the actor plays Ray Garrison, a former Marine who is assassinated and then brought back to life as a biotech killing machine by a team of scientists who want to use him as a weapon.

Speaking to Variety about the project, Diesel revealed that his nine-year-old son Vincent not only encouraged him to accept the role of the Valiant Comics’ character in the blockbuster but was also responsible for him voicing Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

“My kid did it,” he told the publication. “This is the second time… The only two pre-existing characters I’ve ever played – and those of you who know my work, know it’s Groot and Bloodshot. Both of them, in some way, I can attribute to my son.”

Diesel stars in the movie alongside Eiza Gonzalez, Lamorne Morris, and Alex Hernandez. Accordingly, the trio praised the 52-year-old’s approach to filmmaking.

“(He) is one of the coolest dudes. He’s super chill, goofing around all the time. He brings his family to set. The kids did a performance piece for some of the crew,” New Girl star Morris shared. “He throws little parties here and there. His sets are very chill. He’s big on family, so if he’s away filming these movies all the time, he wants to make the set feel like home. That’s how he made everybody feel.”

While Hernandez was quick to commend Diesel for paving the way for “actors of colour” in Hollywood.

“He was nothing but generous to me… and, as another actor of colour, growing up I always thought of (Diesel) as, ‘It’s nice to see that one of us can do this. We’re actually allowed to participate in the Hollywood experience,'” he gushed.

Bloodshot is set to hit cinemas from 11 March.

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Vin Diesel reveals Guardians of the Galaxy characters will appear in Thor: Love and Thunder

Vin Diesel has revealed that the characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies will feature in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.The team of superhero misfits, led by Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, were last seen in Avengers: Endgame, jetting off wi…

Vin Diesel has revealed that the characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies will feature in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.

The team of superhero misfits, led by Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, were last seen in Avengers: Endgame, jetting off with the Norse god, who jokingly christened the group the Asgardians of the Galaxy in a cheeky nod to his mystical home.

And Diesel, who voices the extraterrestrial tree-like creature Groot, revealed that director Taika Waititi is planning on including the Guardians in the fourth instalment of Thor’s standalone franchise.

“The director talked to me about Thor will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy,” the 52-year-old told ComicBook.com. “That’ll be very interesting, nobody knows, maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.”

The Fast & Furious star is currently waiting to reprise his role as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which was delayed after director James Gunn helmed The Suicide Squad for DC Comics.

“I am waiting and excited for my friend James Gunn to knock this next one out of the park,” Diesel shared. “He took The Suicide Squad so he’s about to embark on it.”

Gunn has told fans during Q&A sessions on his Instagram Stories that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is already written, but hasn’t divulged any information on when production will begin.

Pratt is currently filming Jurassic World: Dominion and production is due to begin on Thor: Love and Thunder this summer, with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the Norse god, alongside Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and franchise newcomer Christian Bale.

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Karen Gillan got cold feet about starring in directorial debut

Karen Gillan wanted to drop out of starring in her directorial debut at the last minute.In The Party’s Just Beginning, the Guardians of the Galaxy actress stars as Liusaidh, who is dealing with the aftermath of her best friend taking his own life. …

Karen Gillan wanted to drop out of starring in her directorial debut at the last minute.

In The Party’s Just Beginning, the Guardians of the Galaxy actress stars as Liusaidh, who is dealing with the aftermath of her best friend taking his own life.

In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, the Scottish star admitted she tried to back out of the starring role, but the idea wasn’t well-received by producers.

“I was always planning on playing the lead character, right up until the last minute. I was like, ‘Woah, I really want to concentrate on being the director and it would be really great to bring in an actress and let me sit behind the monitor,’” she recalled. “So, I tried to pitch that, which didn’t go down very well with my producers. So, I was like: ‘You know what? I agreed to do this and I’m gonna see it through.’”

The 32-year-old, who also wrote the film’s screenplay, ended up enjoying the experience because it meant she had complete freedom with her performance.

“I had free rein on the character. It was amazing to have complete freedom as an actress,” Karen continued. “I was given so many options and there was nobody telling me not to do things, which was kind of fun. I really enjoyed the amount of freedom that I had. It’s not the way I’d always want to work, but I certainly enjoyed it on this film.”

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star had been wanting to direct a film since she had her own video camera as a teenager and plans to follow up The Party’s Just Beginning with a middle-budget horror film.

“I feel like I could really use that extra budget to up the production values and the visuals and make more interesting choices,” she explained.

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Chadwick Boseman auditioned for role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy

Chadwick Boseman auditioned for the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy years before he was cast as fellow Marvel superhero Black Panther. The 21 Bridges actor is perhaps best known for playing T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel film franchise…

Chadwick Boseman auditioned for the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy years before he was cast as fellow Marvel superhero Black Panther.

The 21 Bridges actor is perhaps best known for playing T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel film franchise, including instalments such as 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, the final two Avengers movies, and his own standalone film, which won three Oscars earlier this year.

However, during a recent interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Boseman revealed that he originally tried out to play Drax the Destroyer in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but never expected to get the role, which eventually went to former wrestler Dave Bautista.

“It’s about going in and playing. I didn’t think I was going to get it,” he explained. “We didn’t know what Guardians was going to be so I didn’t know what it was. I only had a few pages at that time so it was good to come in and play to see what they did with it.”

Despite not being successful with the Drax audition, Boseman believes the opportunity got him in front of Marvel casting directors, who thought of him when they were casting for Black Panther.

“Well, sometimes, that’s the way it works as an actor. You go in knowing you’re not gonna get it, but you’re meeting the people that, you know they might be like, ‘He’s not this, but we’ll put him in this other thing.’ So, I feel like that was one of the moments where they were like, ‘Hey, we could use him later,'” the star added, giving a shout out to casting director Sarah Finn, who was responsible for finding every actor that appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The 41-year-old will reprise the role of Black Panther for a sequel, which is set to hit cinemas in May 2022.

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James Gunn blown away by Margot Robbie on The Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie is the best actor director James Gunn has ever worked with.Earlier this year, it was announced that the 53-year-old filmmaker would write and direct DC Comics’ upcoming movie The Suicide Squad, which is the highly-anticipated follow-up to…

Margot Robbie is the best actor director James Gunn has ever worked with.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the 53-year-old filmmaker would write and direct DC Comics’ upcoming movie The Suicide Squad, which is the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2016 movie.

Filming began last month on the flick, with original stars including Margot, Jai Courtney and Viola Davis returning to the sequel, alongside newcomers John Cena, Idris Elba, and Taika Waititi.

Despite only working with the Australian actress for a few weeks on the set of the film, Gunn believes she is the best in Hollywood.

“She might be the best actor I’ve ever worked with,” he told a fan during a Q&A session on his Instagram Stories, before adding that he also worked on the Oscar-nominated star’s Harley Quinn spin-off movie, Birds of Prey.

The filmmaker also opened up about Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, who was cast in The Suicide Squad in an unknown role.

“He’s blowing my mind with how good he is,” Gunn shared, before adding that he was a big fan of the Scottish actor in the 2009 political comedy In The Loop.

Elsewhere in the Q&A, Gunn was asked if he was “limited” with his ideas while making the Guardians of the Galaxy movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Kevin Feige asked me to include Thanos and create an origin for the Infinity Stones in Volume One,” he said of his experience with the Marvel boss on his first film, Guardians of the Galaxy. “Other than that I’ve never been asked to include any story point of connectivity in either Guardians, and I’ve been given completely free reign by DC.”

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James Gunn defends Marvel movies following Francis Ford Coppola’s criticism

James Gunn has responded to Francis Ford Coppola describing Marvel movies as “despicable”.Martin Scorsese recently hit headlines for labelling the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks “not cinema”, and on Saturday, Coppola supported his fellow moviem…

James Gunn has responded to Francis Ford Coppola describing Marvel movies as “despicable”.

Martin Scorsese recently hit headlines for labelling the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks “not cinema”, and on Saturday, Coppola supported his fellow moviemaker after accepting his Lumiere Award in France by insisting filmgoers learn nothing from Marvel boss Kevin Feige’s blockbusters and commented, “Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

Guardians of the Galaxy director Gunn took to Instagram on Sunday to defend Marvel, and while he didn’t call out The Godfather filmmaker explicitly, did repeat his use of the word “despicable” in his argument.

“Many of our grandfathers thought all gangster movies were the same, often calling them ‘despicable’. Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns, and believed the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone were all exactly the same. I remember a great uncle to whom I was raving about Star Wars. He responded by saying, ‘I saw that when it was called 2001, and, boy, was it boring!'” the 53-year-old wrote.

“Superheroes are simply today’s gangsters/cowboys/outer space adventurers. Some superhero films are awful, some are beautiful. Like westerns and gangster movies (and before that, just MOVIES), not everyone will be able to appreciate them, even some geniuses. And that’s okay.”

Gunn previously posted his take on Scorsese’s view on his Twitter page, claiming he was disappointed to hear the Oscar-winning director “judging” his films.

“Martin Scorsese is one of my five favourite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way,” he stated.

Other Marvel movie stars to defend the studio include Thor: Love and Thunder star Natalie Portman and Captain America: Civil War actor Sebastian Stan.

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Jai Courtney feared Suicide Squad sequel wouldn’t happen

Jai Courtney feared a sequel to Suicide Squad wasn’t going to be given the go-ahead.The Australian actor played Captain Boomerang in the 2016 DC comic book movie and is reprising his role for the follow-up alongside Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, as we…

Jai Courtney feared a sequel to Suicide Squad wasn’t going to be given the go-ahead.

The Australian actor played Captain Boomerang in the 2016 DC comic book movie and is reprising his role for the follow-up alongside Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, as well as newcomers John Cena, Pete Davidson, Michael Rooker, and Idris Elba.

Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn is writing and directing The Suicide Squad, and Courtney said he was “really excited” to be returning for the sequel, especially as he once feared it might not make it to the big screen.

“I was pumped to be coming back, and to finally be able to portray this character again, and to be with this great group of people. It had been a couple of years between drinks. There was a period there where we didn’t really know if it was gonna happen or not,” he told Collider.

“They got a great script out of James, and the decision to work with him was a great one. So, I was stoked. I’m stoked to be here. It’s a fantastic group, and the script’s really exciting, so I have no doubt we’ll deliver something that people are gonna love.”

The Terminator Genisys star was also quizzed about what fans could expect from the follow-up, and was hesitant to give out any details in case he got himself into trouble with Warner Bros.

“It’s hard to comment on, so explicitly… It’s a tricky one to answer. It’s incredibly funny, but it’s still very violent and action-packed. I don’t think it adheres to anything specifically that we didn’t try to uncover a little, in the first movie,” Courtney explained.

“You’re getting too many details out of me. I’m going to walk myself into trouble here, in a minute… You’re just gonna have to just check it out. I’m that guy that’ll keep talking and talking and talking, and then I’ll have blown the f**king end of the movie.”

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