‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Says Kevin Bacon ‘Doesn’t Like Christmas’

  • James Gunn said that Kevin Bacon does not like Christmas.
  • Bacon appears in Gunn’s latest special, “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.”
  • However, Gunn told Variety that Bacon’s home in the film is more decorated than his usual home.

“The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special” director James Gunn said that Kevin Bacon does not like Christmas as much as his character in the new Disney+ special.

Bacon plays himself in the latest Marvel special, which premieres on Disney+ Friday, as Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) take him across the galaxy as a gift for their leader, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt).

During a new interview with Variety, Gunn was asked how the real Bacon compares to how he is portrayed in the movie.

“Kevin doesn’t like Christmas,” Gunn replied. “That part was hilarious to me. I have Kevin showing up on set in what is supposed to be his house, and it’s filled with all these enormous inflatables. It looks like Santa Claus vomited all over the Bacon house, which looks nothing like Kevin Bacon’s house any way.”

The Marvel director continued: “It’s so LA-looking, which is just not Kevin. But Kevin is this super nice guy. He’s so talented, so professional, so egoless, and just a really kind person. That part of the character is just like him.”

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord and Dave Bautista as Drax in "Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special" on Disney Plus

Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista in “The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special.”


This is not Bacon’s first appearance in a Marvel movie; the actor played “X-Men: First Class” villain Sebastian Shaw. However, it is unclear whether that film is connected to the main Marvel Cinematic Universe after “X-Men” star Patrick Stewart appeared in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”

Gunn said that he didn’t have any discussion about whether there are two Kevin Bacons roaming around the Marvel universe.

“One of the things that Kevin Feige has really impressed upon me in running the MCU is that what matters most is the project right in front of him,” Gunn said. “You may have a plan about how you want to do something down the road, but if it screws up the thing right in front of you, then it doesn’t work.”

He added: “The best thing for the holiday special is Kevin Bacon, and if that means that Kevin Bacon is a different character later on in the MCU, it doesn’t really matter. It’s not real. None of this is real. He was the perfect person to cast as Kevin Bacon. If we had cast John Schneider as Kevin Bacon, it wouldn’t have worked as well.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special premieres on Disney+ on Friday.


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