Top Quotes by James Gunn

One rule of invention: before you can invent it, you have to imagine it.

James Gunn

By isolating the issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, climate change, environment, governance, economics, catastrophe and whatever other problems the present embodies or the future may bring, science fiction can do what Dickens and Sinclair did: make real the consequences of social injustice or human folly.

James Gunn

I guess I am an optimist in a pessimist brain, if that makes any sense. I believe in the innate goodness of most people in this world, and yet I’m a damaged soul like many other people and have my own demons and things I struggle with.

James Gunn

I feel like I’ve kinda danced around telling the truest story I can for many years of my life. I’ve been a little distracted by trying to be shocking or edgy or cool or whatever, and by letting go of that and telling the truest story I can – even if it’s about aliens and talking raccoons – it works.

James Gunn

I can’t be told life is beautiful through a normal positive thinking book or a Hallmark movie; that language doesn’t work for me.

James Gunn

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with different planets in the solar system, and I used to create, for every single planet, a different alien race with a certain kind of pet, a certain kind of house, a certain kind of water system, and everything. I would draw these pictures. I had hundreds of these pictures in a box.

James Gunn

I like the Nova Corps; I just don’t like Nova that much! He’s okay, you know? I just don’t like that helmet!

James Gunn

That is who my people are – the oddballs, the rebels, and the geeks. That’s what I am, so it’s what I naturally feel connected to.

James Gunn

I love the attention and I hate the attention, you know? It’s not always good for your soul.

James Gunn

Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does buy happier.

James Gunn

It’s impossible not to constantly adjust the way you look at yourself.

James Gunn

My girlfriend says I have frontal-lobe epilepsy. I have visions. They have slowed down as I’ve gotten older, but I still have them.

James Gunn

I’m in favor of anything that will give strong women more visibility in popular culture.

James Gunn

The majority of my life is ‘Guardians,’ but being able to clean my brain a little bit by doing something totally different like ‘Belko’ was incredibly helpful to the creative process.

James Gunn

Scooby’s the greatest cartoon character ever. He isn’t cute like Mickey or smart like Bugs or fearless like Woody and Buzz – he’s a talking dog who’s more human than I am. It’s his humanity and imperfections that make him special.

James Gunn

A lot of people die in my movies. So if you’re in a few of my movies, you have a good chance of dying!

James Gunn

I’ve been making movies a long time. I’m a professional at it. I’m not a professional at making soundtracks – that’s not my job. My job is to put the right songs in the movie so the movie works the best it possibly can.

James Gunn

I love raccoons. I had a raccoon figurine collection as a kid, and I now have two movies with ‘Ranger Rick’ jokes in them. I love ’em. They come in my back yard all the time, and we just stare at each other like a couple of idiots.

James Gunn

Science fiction literature’s focus is on ideas, the concept of change, and the impact on humanity. Those concepts are hard to capture on film. They work better in the mind.

James Gunn

Science fiction writers aren’t in the prediction business; they’re in the speculation business, using ‘hasn’t happened’ or ‘hasn’t happened yet’ to create entertaining scenarios that may or may not anticipate future realities.

James Gunn

Science fiction always has had strains of pessimism and optimism weaving through its historical development, sometimes one dominating and then the other, usually depending on the state of the world.

James Gunn

The popularity of fantasy surpassing science fiction and the popularity of apocalyptic fiction, particularly for young adults, may indicate a desire to escape a more difficult and confusing reality, even in astrophysics and particle physics.

James Gunn

I’ve always believed in the power of rational thinking and behavior as the savior of the world, and science fiction as a powerful medium to encourage that, which explains my signature line, ‘Let’s save the world through science fiction.’

James Gunn

Getting so much attention all at once, with so many people who want something from you or want to talk to you… for someone who is overly sensitive to other people’s needs, that can be difficult.

James Gunn

I know, people have had different things to say about Marvel, about how creatively free they are or not free they are, but for me, the rule has always just been stay as good as I can possibly be, and stay one step ahead of the curve, and stay unique, and stay myself. And they seem to like that.

James Gunn

Honest to God, for me, I’ve never been a guy to stack projects. A lot of these other guys, they like to do this and then line up what they’re doing next and line up what they’re doing next. I just can’t do it.

James Gunn

There will be a ‘Guardians 3,’ that’s for sure. We’re trying to figure it out. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do. Really, that’s all it is.

James Gunn

I wrote a 20-page document, before I was ever hired, on exactly how the visuals of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ would be approached, how we’d look at creating a new type of space epic. That’s exactly what the movie is today – absolutely everybody has adhered to that original document.

James Gunn

I saw ‘Fifth Element’ once when it first came out and never thought much of it.

James Gunn

When I got hired to do ‘Guardians,’ it was the dream of a lifetime for me. This is what I’ve been working towards. I’ve always wanted to create a space adventure, and especially a space adventure with a raccoon. Now that I’m finally able to do it, I created exactly the movie I wanted to make.

James Gunn

I don’t see a big difference between the job of directing a low-budget movie and the job of directing a big-budget movie.

James Gunn

I always like to think that I make movies that are like Nirvana songs. They have a slow verse, and then they pop into high gear, and then they go back into slow, and then they pop into high gear again.

James Gunn

I have a very strong imagination and have since I was a little kid. That is where a lot of my world comes from. It’s like I’m off somewhere else. And I can have a problem in life because of that, because I’m always off in some other world thinking about something else. It’s constant.

James Gunn

When people go to the theater, people say they want something different, but what they really want is something the same with slight permutations. To really not know what is going to happen next is a hard thing.

James Gunn

Movies aren’t machines. They interact with our brains.

James Gunn

I love ‘Empire’ – it’s my favorite of the ‘Star Wars’ series.

James Gunn

I would say the main thing is, don’t just copy yourself, which is what a lot of sequels do. And in some cases, it works. Like James Bond movies. But James Bond is a different type of character.

James Gunn

My life isn’t just one genre. It’s a romance one minute, an action movie the next – it’s actually rarely, rarely an action film, to be frank.

James Gunn

I always felt restrained by lower-budget films. I enjoyed making them, and I felt fulfilled, but I really did always want to make bigger movies.

James Gunn

I like Jason Statham movies, like ‘The Transporter’ or whatever. I watch them all the time when they come on TV. Then I saw ‘Crank,’ and I couldn’t believe how awesome it was.

James Gunn

I’ve come to trust that what I like is what works.

James Gunn

One of the things that we’ve tried to do with the ‘Guardians’ films is to allow the women to be full characters.

James Gunn

I think of the Avengers as The Beatles, and the Guardians are the Rolling Stones. That is really how I feel about the groups.

James Gunn

I was the kid in the neighborhood that was directing everyone else. I was director from the time I was a child.

James Gunn

Comics were not something that as a young kid you could say you were into in Manchester, Missouri. Kids did not read comic books back then.

James Gunn

I have to say, I feel a weird sort of calling in filmmaking that I didn’t feel with other things. I feel like there are things in life you want to do, and then things you are called to do, and hopefully you can allow yourself to want to do whatever you’re called to do.

James Gunn

I don’t think through anything I do. I just do it, and it’s oftentimes landed me in huge amounts of trouble.

James Gunn

The movies I like watching the most are these sort of cinema verite, handheld films where you really get gritty with people. But I also have this strange affinity for old Rock Hudson/Doris Day movies and things that sort of pop out where you see the frames, where you have these 2D animation moments and split-screens and things like that.

James Gunn

For me, I’m always hard on myself no matter what, so that’s always a thing I have to deal with on a daily basis.

James Gunn

If I get a gig or I don’t get a gig, I really have never, ever, ever cared.

James Gunn

When ‘Blade Runner’ came out, and especially, even actually when ‘Alien’ came out, it kind of changed how all science fiction movies were designed after that. And that was a really great thing. Now we’re watching a lot of movies that are Xeroxes of Xeroxes of Xeroxes of Xeroxes of ‘Blade Runner.’

James Gunn

I love shooting movies. I love the shots. That’s the thing that I love doing, and I’ve just never been able to do it.

James Gunn