Peacemaker actor Robert Patrick compares writer and director James Gunn to another groundbreaking artist, T2 mastermind James Cameron.
Warning: the following contains SPOILERS for Peacemaker.
Peacemaker actor Robert Patrick compares writer and director James Gunn to James Cameron. Best known for his work on Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Gunn made his first foray into the DCEU with last year’s The Suicide Squad. HBO Max’s spin-off series, Peacemaker, sees John Cena’s Christopher Smith/Peacemaker work with Amanda Waller’s (Viola Davis) A.R.G.U.S. as they combat more aliens via Operation: Butterfly. The series’ cast includes Cena, Jennifer Holland, Emilia Holland, Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stoma, Nhut Le, Chukwudi Iwuji, and Robert Patrick as Peacemaker’s bigoted father, August Ransom “Auggie” Smith, also known as the supervillain White Dragon.
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While Peacemaker’s dad may not be the series’ main, alien antagonist, as the leader of a white supremacist organization, he’s still an all-around terrible person—who’s responsible for most of his son’s issues. Peacemaker’s most recent episode, “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” sees its anti-hero forced to kill his father, putting an end to Patrick’s villainous tenure in the DCEU. Peacemaker isn’t the first time the actor played a very unpleasant character. Patrick famously embodied a shape-shifting android assassin, the T-100, in Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
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In a recent interview with Slash Film, Patrick talked about his experience working on Peacemaker while comparing it to T2. He spoke on the brilliance of “groundbreaking artists” like James Gunn and James Cameron. Read the full quote below:
“I knew that James Cameron was a brilliant man,” Patrick said of his time working on T2. “I think James Gun is a brilliant man, and I think James Cameron is a brilliant man. I think they’re in that class with the Elon Musks of the world in their prospective fields and where they lend their talents – I think they’re groundbreaking artists.”
Cameron is one of the most prolific and well-known directors in the industry, responsible for iconic films like The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, and Avatar. Similar to the latter, T2 represents a step forward for its genre in regard to special effects, set pieces, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest science-fiction, action films of all time (alongside Aliens). Cameron is currently working on the numerous Avatar sequels he has in development while Gunn continues to push the boundaries of and redefine superhero cinema.
Gunn has a proclivity for championing oddball characters amid jukebox-worthy soundtracks. Before Guardians of the Galaxy, casual moviegoers had no idea what a Groot was. Now, the bipedal tree is a household name. Similarly, Cena’s “douchey Captain America” is the DCEU’s best-reviewed project since its conception in 2013. On the press tour for The Suicide Squad, Gunn said of contemporary comic book movies, “if they don’t change, they’re gonna get really really boring.” Peacemaker’s finale, which Gunn refused to release to critics, will drop Thursday. Following his work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn will presumably resume work in the DCEU with (hopefully) complete creative control. Like the James before him, Gunn is changing the game.
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Source: Slash Film
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