‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: James Gunn Reveals Another Classic Song That Didn’t Make the Cut

By September 15, 2014

Marvel has absolutely killed it this year. Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy are the two highest-grossing films of the year domestically, and both of those movies have been embraced by fandom in a big way. The Winter Soldier is great in an entirely different way, but Guardians seems to have captured the imagination of a generation, and I feel like in ten or fifteen years, we’re going to start hearing up-and-coming directors talk about seeing that movie in theaters and it inspiring them in the same way today’s directors talk about seeing Star Wars back in the day.

Writer/director James Gunn has been basking in the glory of the movie’s success in the least douchey way possible, sharing heartfelt thank you letters with the fans, and posting behind-the-scenes photos and stories on Instagram and Facebook. I thought his latest story was worth sharing because it involves another awesome song to go along with the movie’s already-amazing soundtrack, but unfortunately this scene was ultimately cut from the film. I’ll let Gunn take it from here:


Here’s me and the actor Spencer Wilding who played the Mean Guard who jabs Quill in the prison with the electrical staff and gets his comeuppance to Escape (the Piña Colada Song). He also has a little container of Play-Doh. Why Play-Doh? Because I would keep a pile of little Play-Doh containers onset and if someone did an especially amazing job that day – whether it was an actor, a grip, a stunt man, or a PA – they’d get a canister of Play-Doh. I probably only gave about 40 containers out over the entire shoot – on an 85 day schedule with a crew of a couple hundred, that isn’t much. I chose Play-Doh because I love the smell of it – opening a new container and smelling it puts me in a creative, child-like place. And who doesn’t love playing with Play-Doh (I swear Play-Doh isn’t paying for this post)?

Anway, Spencer got the Play-Doh for a scene where he danced through the prison listening to Quill’s Walkman (specifically, Magic by Pilot). We cut the scene for many reasons, but it was awesome and hilarious and Spence more than deserved his rarely-given Play-Doh (and, yes, before you ask me a thousand times below, it WILL be on the Blu-Ray outtakes, and no I will not tell you the release date – you can go see the movie again! It’s still out!) Have a great day (or night depending in where you are).

I didn’t recognize the band’s name, but when I looked up the song, I instantly knew what it was. This would have made a great addition to that stellar soundtrack, don’t you think?

Also, the video game Destiny was released this past week. We’ll have a full review of the game for you shortly, but in the meantime, check out this video from the game in which a fan recreated the opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy, where Peter Quill dances to “Come and Get Your Love.” He’s got some pretty good moves:

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