James Gunn has explained a cut scene he filmed for 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy that would’ve expanded the story of the guard who stole Peter Quill’s Walkman.
One of the standout scenes included the rag-tag team locked up in the Kyln prison. Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill had his Sony Walkman stolen by a blue-skinned guard, but after the Guardians launched their escape, Star-Lord went back for the music player that was given to him by his dead mother.
Discussing Guardians of the Galaxy with fans on Twitter, Gunn explained how the guard was supposed to have a bigger role to play. Gunn revealed there was going to be a montage of the guard beating up other Kyln prisoners to Pilot’s “Magic.” While one viewer said they felt sorry for the guard because he just wanted to listen to music, Gunn reminded them that he beat Quill during processing.
The character is only ever referred to as “Mean Guard” and was portrayed by Spencer Wilding, who played Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The cut scene of Mean Guard beating other prisoners can conveniently be found on Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Blu-ray release. Although the Guardians of the Galaxy “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” soundtrack featured plenty of songs, “Magic” is alongside Tree Dog Night’s “Never Been to Spain” and Electric Light Orchestra’s “Livin’ Thing” as songs that were used during filming but ultimately cut.
Directed and co-written by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro.
James Gunn has expanded on a cut scene from Guardians of the Galaxy that would've added backstory to the guard that stole Quill's Walkman.