Karen Gillan on Guardians of the Galaxy: "I felt like I was in action hero boot camp!"
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Karen Gillan shaved her head, painted herself blue, learnt martial arts and performed her own stunts to take on the part of Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy, which is out on DVD and Blue-ray now. Here, she discusses her on-screen sibling rivalry with Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana), her physical transformation - and just whether or not she’s a comic book fan at heart. Were you familiar with the comic books prior to signing on to the project? I’m not actually a comic book reader myself but I was a fan of the Marvel films, “Iron Man” in particular. I loved all of those; the Robert Downey Jr. tone of that whole thing was really amazing to watch. What attracted you to Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”? Any Marvel project, in my opinion, is an exciting project to work on, because you know that you’re going to be working on a film that, first of all, people are so passionate about and second of all, they just really go to town in those films. So I was really excited from the beginning. What is it about this group of characters that makes them relatable? All of the characters in the script are so well rounded and well written. There are flaws and there are many layers that you can play with and that’s down to the writing, first and foremost. So that’s really exciting for an actor. Talk to me about Nebula and how she falls into the storyline. Nebula is so interesting to me. First of all, she’s a deadly assassin, which is just the coolest, and she has this really interesting relationship with Gamora. They’re adopted sisters, daughters of Thanos, and they have this sibling rivalry going on. That gets really intense and they communicate quite physically, which has been interesting to play with. Gamora goes over to the good side and Nebula definitely stays with the dark side. What then is Nebula’s relationship like with Ronan?
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