As a writer, I feel like a fe­male and male: James Gunn

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There’s one thing that ties to­gether di­rec­tor James Gunn’s (right) films, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Slither (2006) and Dawn of the Dead (2004) and that is the pres­ence of strong fe­male char­ac­ters. Gunn says it’s not in­ten­tional and comes nat­u­rally. “As a hu­man be­ing, I am male, but when I write, I feel like a fe­male and a male. I have just al­ways been at­tracted to fe­male pro­tag­o­nists, as a writer,” he says.

In the se­quel to Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn found the idea of ex­plor­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween two sis­ters to be some­thing that is not utilised much in films, es­pe­cially in su­per­hero movies. “They are al­ways about broth­ers, or fa­ther or son... I think in the first part too, hav­ing a movie about a mother and son was a unique thing for a su­per­hero movie,” he added. Adapted from the comics, Guardians of the Galaxy re­volved around a group of in­ter­ga­lac­tic crim­i­nals forced to work to­gether to stop a fa­nat­i­cal war­rior from tak­ing con­trol of the uni­verse. The se­quel con­tin­ues the team’s ad­ven­tures as they un­ravel the mystery of the pro­tag­o­nist’s true parent­age. Gunn says that the se­quel is an ad­ven­ture film, a com­edy and a space opera tied up into one brightly col­ored pack­age, but that at its core, it’s a fam­ily melo­drama. The films star Chris Pratt, Zoe Sal­dana and Asian actor Pom Kle­men­ti­eff with Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as voice tal­ent.

Gunn as­serts that he doesn’t think about di­ver­sity, but def­i­nitely tries to get dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple in a film. “I will say that one of the great­est ex­pe­ri­ences that I ever had in cast­ing was for the role of Man­tis (es­sayed by Kle­men­ti­eff). She is an Asian fe­male in the comics and I thought that she should be Asian fe­male in the film too,” he says.

IN HIS FILM, GUNN HAS FO­CUSED ON THE RE­LA­TION­SHIP BE­TWEEN TWO SIS­TERS, WHICH IS NOT DONE NOR­MALLY IN SU­PER­HERO FILMS

PHOTO:DANNY MOLOSHOK/REUTERS

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