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Back in De­cem­ber the geekier cor­ners of the in­ter­net got very, very ex­cited at the prospect of Kurt Rus­sell join­ing Guardians of the

Galaxy Vol.2 as Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) father.

There was just one slight prob­lem – Rus­sell hadn’t been sounded out about the role and hadn’t seen the orig­i­nal film.

“I didn’t know any­thing about it, I hadn’t seen it … I hadn’t read the script, I hadn’t talked to the di­rec­tor … noth­ing,” says Rus­sell.

“Never have I had any­thing where the re­ac­tion (was so big) to some­thing I was not con­nected to. It was like, Whoa! So I said I need to read it, I need to talk to the di­rec­tor.”

Un­like most crazy false cast­ing ru­mours on the in­ter­net, this one may ac­tu­ally come true. In re­cent weeks, Rus­sell fi­nally got around to watch­ing GOTG, read­ing the Vol.2 screen­play and dis­cussing the role with wri­ter­di­rec­tor James Gunn.

Rus­sell draws a par­al­lel be­tween The Hate­ful Eight and his 1982 hor­ror clas­sic The Thing. Both fea­ture an en­sem­ble cast, large amounts of snow and lash­ings of para­noia. In­deed, Tarantino screened

The Thing for his cast be­fore pro­duc­tion.

The Hate­ful Eight fol­lows bounty hunter John Ruth (Rus­sell) as he brings in fugi­tive Daisy Domer­gue (the Os­carnom­i­nated Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh) to be hanged for her crimes – mur­der, rob­bery etc.

He hooks up with an­other bounty hunter, Ma­jor Mar­quis War­ren (Sa­muel L Jack­son), and they shel­ter from a storm in Min­nie’s Hab­er­dash­ery, which is full of mean sumbitches that Ruth be­lieves want to mur­der him so they can res­cue Daisy. “This mon­ster (in The

Hate­ful Eight) is in­side,” Rus­sell says. “It’s not a who­dunit, it’s a who’s-gonna-do-it?

“I know from watch­ing the movie a num­ber of times, when you know the story, it’s a real blast to watch.”

The Hate­ful Eight is in cin­e­mas now

Kurt Rus­sell in Tarantino’s

The Hate­ful Eight.

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