Anyone who knows anything about Kurt Russell- the legendary actor behind classic John Carpenter heroes like Jack Burton, Snake Plissken, and R.J. MacReady- must’ve jumped right out of their seat when it was announced that he would be playing Chris Pratt’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He recently sat down with io9 to discuss his role in the upcoming film and to draw connections between his early work and Pratt’s performances. Russell practically invented the “sometimes heroic/sometimes hilarious cool dude” archetype, so it makes perfect sense that he play “Ego” to Pratt’s “Star-Lord.” Turns out, Russell is just as aware of this as the rest of us. Here’s what he had to say:
On Saturday night, Connecticut Cult Classics paid tribute to legendary director John Carpenter by showcasing two of his films at the Strand Theater in Seymour, CT. Dubbed “John Carpenter Night” the double bill featured Big Trouble in Little China and The Thing. Fan favorite Kurt Russell starred in both films.
The 1986 classic, Big Trouble in Little China was first on the big screen. Fans roared with laughter as they watched trucker, “Jack Burton” (played by Kurt Russell) thrust into a mystic battle set in Chinatown. Russell is joined by Kim Cattrall who plays “Gracie Law” in the film and James Hong is the evil antagonist, “Lo Pan.”