James Gunn has released an original Christmas song for the Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special.
Gunn posted a photo of himself with alt-country band Old 97’s to commemorate the release of “I Don’t Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here).” The clue appears in the imminent arrival GotG Holiday Special. The MCU director recalled his songwriting experience with Old 97’s singer Rhett Miller and considered the band’s participation in the holiday special some of the “funniest days on set”.
Musical connection to the Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas special
In addition to the Old 97, Mercilessly‘s Kevin Bacon will lead a musical number on the upcoming Holiday special. Previously, Bacon was mentioned several times throughout Guardians of the Galaxy due to Star-Lord’s admiration for him. “I love to sing, I love to play, James sent me that song and I thought it was a great song,” Bacon said. “It’s really hard to come up with a new idea for a Christmas song, but The Old ’97s recorded this really cool Christmas song and I had to sing it with them, they’re actually in the band with alien makeup on, so I had nothing but fun”.
In the holiday specialMantis and Drax attempt to kidnap the Friday the 13th actor, who plays himself, as the perfect Christmas present for Star-Lord. Following Bacon’s involvement, Gunn labeled the actor his favorite character in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although Bacon’s role in the holiday special is brief, it’s unclear if he’ll star in any other future MCU projects.
Excited to have Gunn’s favorite MCU character joining the project, the acclaimed filmmaker is beyond proud of his work on the GotG Holiday Special. “The holiday special it’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” Gunn explained. “It’s totally ridiculous, and every day we can’t believe we’re doing it. We all love it. It’s like nothing anyone’s ever seen before.”
while creating the holiday special was easy for Gunn, the director recalled the difficulty of building guardians of the galaxy vol. 3 compared to the Christmas-themed project. Gunn considered working on vol. 3 to be “torture in every way” due to the drastic differences between the two films. “It’s a great movie, and it’s very different from the special because the special is so crazy and wacky,” Gunn said.
Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special premieres on Disney+ on November 25, 2022. guardians of the galaxy vol. 3 Theatrical releases May 5, 2023.
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