David Bowie’s passing felt like a huge bucket of ice water to many. Actors, filmmakers, musicians, writers, and pretty much anyone with access to any social media platform paid their respects to the man who fell to Earth.
Among those many tributes and stories dedicated to the irreplaceable David Bowie, was that of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.
Gunn is an avid social media user, always open to interact with his fans whether it is on Twitter, Facebook, and sometimes on Instagram. The director chose his Facebook page as the platform to share a lengthy post on how much Bowie impacted his life, and made a very interesting yet sad revelation in there: he wanted Bowie to cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The perfect soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy featured a Bowie song (“Moonage Daydream”). Having Bowie in a brief appearance in the sequel would have been the ultimate touch of perfection to this new space adventure.
“Just a very short while ago, Kevin Feige [Marvel Studios president] and I were talking about a cameo role in Guardians Vol. 2, and he brought up Bowie’s name. I told him nothing in the world would make me happier, but I heard from common friends he wasn’t doing well. We heard back that he was okay and it could possibly happen. Who knows what that was about? But, for whatever reason, it made my Twitter revelation [of Bowie’s passing] more of a surprise”, reads part of Gunn’s tribute.
Gunn went on to explain the much more personal level in which Bowie impacted him, serving as a sort of soundtrack to a difficult time in his life.
“My pop cultural connection to Bowie goes deeper as it was the music that was playing the night I hit bottom on alcohol and drugs as a very young person. I got sober that night, and those songs – ‘TVC15’, ‘Star’, ‘Suffragette City’ – are now deeply embedded in my psyche. They all have a frightening, almost-religious context in my personal history”, he shared.
He also shared Bowie was an idol for him and that Ziggy Stardust is “perhaps the greatest rock and roll album of all time”. Speaking of his musical legacy, Gunn hopes to include another Ziggy song in Guardians 2, making Bowie the only artist to have a song on both Awesome Mix. Vol 1 and Vol. 2. Quill’s mom sure knew what’s good.
“Thank you, David, for all you’ve given to my life, my relationships, and my career. Thank you most for helping me to make it through high school. Your music let me believe there was something magic out there, I only needed to hold on a few more years to experience. I’m glad I did”, Gunn wrote on the last paragraphs.
You can read James Gunn’s full post on his official Facebook page.
Rest in peace, David Bowie. We love you forever.
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