David Bowie Cameo Was Planned for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’

By January 11, 2016

The world was shocked to learn of the untimely passing of David Bowie late, last night. The musician/actor I grew up knowing as ‘The Goblin King’ from Labyrinth made such a lasting impression on me, with this news, I literally stopped everything I was doing like I was punched in the stomach. I didn’t even know he was sick. I didn’t know it was that bad. For some reason I always thought Bowie would be around forever; moreover, I believed in my heart of hearts he would somehow, someway, pop up in a movie somewhere to remind everyone why he is still – THE – David Bowie.

So when this breaking news came out of The Hollywood Reporter confirming Bowie was set to appear in a movie – the pain of his passing just got a bit worse to deal with…

Indeed, Bowie was coming back to the Silver Screen – and it was going to be with Marvel and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

As Gunn is wont to do, jumped on his Facebook Page to tell the story of how close Bowie was to joining the bunch of A-holes in their second adventure.

Here’s what Gunn had to say:

“Just a very short while ago [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige and I were talking about a cameo role in Guardians Vol. 2, and he brought up Bowie’s name. I told him nothing in the world would make me happier, but I heard from common friends he wasn’t doing well. We heard back that he was okay and it could potentially happen. Who knows what that was about? But, for whatever reason, it made [the news] more of a surprise.”

This next quote proves just how perfect Bowie would have been in the movie, not just for his music more because of his ‘character’ as a pop culture legend:

We featured “Moonage Daydream” in Guardians, but I always thought the album’s character was felt far beyond that, in the aesthetics, in the integral and seemingly-natural linking in popular culture of ’70’s rock and space opera. I’ve been trying to work another song from [the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars] into the sequel, which would make Bowie the only artist to have a song on both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. I thought this was fair and appropriate. Although I cut the scene it was used in from the script, we have the rights. Who knows. Maybe I can figure a way out.

Of course ‘The Goblin King’ would feature in both movies; of course because it’s Bowie. A man/legend that would fit right in the universe of GotG. It makes me so sad to think about WHAT role or cameo he could play – and what’s even more painful is we will never know.

Gunn went on to say:

Bowie was “an idol of mine, huge and omnipresent. It was the music that was playing the night I hit bottom on alcohol and drugs as a very young person. I got sober that night, and those songs — “TVC15”, “Star”, “Suffragette City” – -are now deeply embedded in my psyche. They all have a frightening, almost-religious context in my personal history.”

If anything, this loss is landing a whole lot harder on Gunn, as shown in his personal connection to his music during a very dark time in his life. It’s obvious just how important the artist was to the filmmaker.

Sadly, we’ll never know what could have been – and the only bit of solace I can take from this story is hearing how Bowie and his music helped Gunn out of the darkness of addiction. That’s the power Bowie had for the world. And now, the world is a bit more scary without Bowie’s guiding light.

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Mark Reilly
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