Amanda Seyfried Passed on Guardians of the Galaxy Gamora Role Because She Didn’t ‘Want to Be Green’

Mean Girls and Veronica Mars’ Amanda Seyfried, who can currently be seen in the VOD horror flick You Should Have Left with Kevin Bacon (read IGN’s You Should Have Left review here), recently spoke to ComicBook.com about her choice, almost a decade ago, to not go for the Gamora role in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Many stars were in the running for the Guardians back when James Gunn was casting the film, including Shazam!’s Zachary Levi, and among them was Seyfried, who was reportedly high on Marvel’s radar. But here’s what she said about her decision to ultimately not play one of the daughters of Thanos.

“I think about it often,” she said. “I’m not really a Marvel movie watcher, which is, I think, why I was just like, ‘Ah, I don’t wanna be green. It’s just so much work.’”

“I remember Jennifer Lawrence talking about once, how long it took her to get blue,” Seyfried added. “And I was like, ‘That seems like hell on earth,’ because then you get to set and you’re only there for a couple hours, and then you have to take everything off. And that was literally the reason.”

Before James Gunn starts up his third, and final, Guardians of the Galaxy film, he’s still got The Suicide Squad coming – the title of which he recently revealed was a joke initially. Gunn has stated that Rocket’s past will play a huge role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Gamora, Star-Lord, and the rest of the Guardians made big appearances in Avengers: Endgame, though these MCU characters left Earth’s Mightiest Heroes high and dry during the final battle against Thanos.


Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.

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