The Official Website for Actor Michael Rooker
The Official Website for Actor Michael Rooker

Interview: Rooker’s Ready to Return for “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”

“I was thrilled to do it the first time, and to get a chance to expand on that role as Yondu is going to be a dream come true — a second coming, because the first one was my dream come true, doing Yondu from “Guardians of the Galaxy.” So now, we get a chance to expand on the role; it’s going to be another amazing, amazing experience.”


Yondu Udonta may be blue all over, but Michael Rooker’s anything but.

Hot off the phenomenal success of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the veteran character actor’s been enjoying a bit of a victory lap: he’d already recently been heaped with praise for his recurring can’t-look-away stint on AMC’s mega-hit “The Walking Dead” as the volatile Merle Dixon, when his frequent collaborator James Gunn (who’s directed Rooker in most of his projects, including notable roles in cult favorites “Slither” and “Super”) tapped him to play the equally dangerous but more likeably roguish, azure-skinned leader of the Ravagers.

Taking a moment to reflect on his newfound moment in the sun in conjunction with “Guardians'” home video release, Rooker — who first grabbed Hollywood’s attention in the late ’80s in films like “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” and “Mississippi Burning” — spoke with CBR News and made one thing perfectly clear: he’s ready to head forward, especially when it comes to reprising the role of Yondu…

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