GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY director James Gunn and his brother, Sean Gunn, who did the motion capture who for Rocket in the film, took part in a panel at Dragon*Con, during which the two discusses Stan Lee’s original cameo and why it just wasn’t working for Disney.
As you may recall, Stan made a cameo in which he hits on a scantily-clad young woman in Xandar as Rocket degrades him from a distance for being an old, dirty pervert. But in fact, this was not the original plan.
Here’s what Gunn said was supposed to happen:
Originally, Gunn had planned to have Lee in one of the Collector’s exhibits. Groot would then look at the exhibit aghast, to which Lee would flick off the large tree creature.
Unfortunately, Disney would not allow any cameo involving the gesture and Stan had to be brought in to quickly film a new cameo. Too bad! We think this one would have been brilliant and much more hilarious!