Was Pee-wee Herman Almost In 'Guardians of the Galaxy'?!
By Jackie Willis
Is he joking? If so, Guardians of the Galaxy character Thanos was going in a very different direction at first.
Director James Gunn told MTV News that they were considering casting '90s comedian Pauly Shore or Pee-wee Herman actor Paul Reubens for the role, but decided that though the part is more of a cameo in the first film, it could grow into something more in other Marvel movies. So, they went with A-list actor Josh Brolin.
"We talked about Pauly Shore for a long time. It didn't seem to be great. He wanted too much money," Gunn revealed, though we're not certain if he's just joking. "We talked a lot to Paul Reubens. He didn't seem to be Thanos. Then we came to Josh Brolin. I think he seems to fit more than those other two guys."
Seems like quite a jump from Shore and Reubens to Brolin! "Josh was just somebody who came up when we were trying to think of who could play Thanos," Gunn said. "I'm a big fan of his work, and he was somebody who came up who really had the weight that you need for somebody like Thanos."
Would you have rather seen Pee-wee or Weasel playing Thanos?Guardians of the Galaxy is out today, Aug. 1.