Many are still mourning the loss of legendary musician and actor David Bowie, and it seems his absence is being felt by the world of film as well as the world of music.
James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, shared his own memories of the icon, which included trying to secure him for a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 cameo.
There is a Bowie track present on the soundtrack for the upcoming film, but director James Gunn wanted to go one step further: “Just a very short while ago 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 my Twitter revelation more of a surprise.”
He then went on to air his thoughts on the death of David Bowie, which has shocked so many.
“Bowie was an idol of mine, huge and omnipresent. Few artists in any field have had as an indelible impression upon me as he has. To my mind, Ziggy Stardust is perhaps the greatest rock and roll album of all time. 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 Ziggy 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.”
While it’s definitely even more saddening that we won’t ever see this cameo come to life, it’s nice to know that Bowie will be honoured in some way in the upcoming sequel.