‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn says Kevin Bacon ‘doesn’t like Christmas’

  • James Gunn said Kevin Bacon doesn’t 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 movie is more decorated than his usual home.

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

Bacon plays himself in the latest Marvel special, premiering Friday on Disney+, 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 film.

“Kevin doesn’t like Christmas,” Gunn replied. “That part was hilarious to me. I’ve seen Kevin show up on set in what’s supposed to be his house, and it’s filled with all these huge bouncy castles. Looks like Santa threw up all over the Bacon house, that nothing like Kevin Bacon’s house anyway.”

The Marvel director continued, “It looks so LA-esque, which just isn’t Kevin. But Kevin is a super nice guy. He’s so talented, so professional, so egoless and just a really nice person. That part of the character is just liking him.”

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

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


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

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

“One of the things that Kevin Feige has really impressed me about running the MCU is that the most important thing is the project for him,” said Gunn. “Maybe you have a plan about how you want to do something later, but if it messes up the thing right in front of you, then it won’t work.”

He added: “The best thing for the holiday special is Kevin Bacon, and if that means Kevin Bacon is a different character later 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 out so well.”

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

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