The first casting call has gone out for the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy and it is raising quite a fuss on the internet thanks to a bunch of hot-headed feminists, who apparently didn’t think things through.
Character Aliens – Men (only) ages 18 to 65, all ethnicities, a mix of these looks:
tough, rough, and some biker types, quirky types, thin/gaunt faces, unique features, long necks, crooked/unique noses, imperfect teeth, strong facial bone structures/intense, etc… amputees, bald, long hair, facial hair or clean-shaven etc….Beautiful/Model Aliens – MEN and WOMEN, aged 18 to 50, all ethnicities
very attractive, physically fit, slender, or thin… and some BALD women too! Men (5’11 to 6’5) and WOMEN (5’7 to 6’0) with good/clear/smooth skin
According to James Gunn, the director, this casting call is the first of many.
The first casting, which calls for men only, is for the Ravagers. A group of space pirates, which is an ALL MALE group led by Yondu Udonta. There are no women, so no females in the casting makes sense. As for appearances, it also makes sense they would be a rag-tag group of misfits…they are outcasts, smugglers, pirates etc… throughout history these are the rejects of society.
And as for the second casting call;
First off, define ‘attractive’. I’m sorry, but isn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder? What one person likes, another dislikes. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes. Take a look at the last several years of ‘Sexiest Men Alive‘ by People Magazine, do you agree with all of them? I don’t.
If you show up for the casting call because you consider yourself attractive enough to try out, then that also means you have a modicum of confidence in yourself. They don’t want some mousey little extra that is going to hide in a corner or curl up on themselves. They want people confident enough to stand up straight and make themselves seen.
Yes, Hollywood has their own definition of beauty, but the casting call has already stepped outside of it by specifying that they wanted tall people. According to celebheights.com the average actor in Hollywood is 5 foot 10, and the average actress is 5 foot 5. That puts the men only a little out of Hollywood’s standard definitions, but puts the women way beyond it.
When it comes to the qualification for slender, thin and physically fit who knows what they are looking for. If the casting is for military personnel, then it more than makes sense. There are a lot of reasons they could want those specifications, but it includes BOTH men and women, not just women.
These are mainly background characters, so you probably won’t even notice them. If they are cast correctly, they blend in seamlessly with the movie. However if they miscast someone in the background you can be sure that everyone will notice and start screaming about how they did it wrong. You don’t see 300lb out of shape slobs doing steel work at the top of skyscrapers in real life, so why would you have one doing it in the movie? A short, out of shape fighter pilot would also stand out.
Another point on the casting call that has primarily women bent out of shape is;
Men – come clean shaven wear a solid color plain T-shirt / tank and dark pants
Women – come with light day make-up on, and wear a solid color T-shirt / tank, form-fitting skirt or dress.
Why do men get to wear pants while women have to wear a skirt or dress? Probably for the same reason that the men aren’t required to wear a kilt. It’s not wanted. This actually fits well with my earlier military theory. If you look at the Nova Corps in the first movie you will notice that the uniforms are form-fitting and that the women wore skirts. Even the artwork shows several uniform variations with and without skirts, all form-fitting. And just to be fair…the uniforms are also form-fitting on the men.
If you really think about it, it makes sense that this second group would be the military. It’s probably one of the biggest extra groups that they need to cast and then a lot of the extras from this call could be used elsewhere for other scenes.