James Gunn Shoots Down Reddit 'Guardians' Theory

The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' filmmaker details what all those prison stripes mean (to the best of his memory).
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'Guardians of the Galaxy'

No, Rocket never exposed himself. Yes, James Gunn had to make this clear, because — the internet. 

The Guardians of the Galaxy director took to social media on Thursday to clear up a rumor that had been gaining traction on Reddit. 

In the first film, while our heroes are in prison, their jumpsuits have stripes on them relating to their previous crimes. This is accurate and a detail of which the meticulous Gunn gave great thought. But it is not true that the stripes on Rocket's pants mean he exposed himself, Gunn wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. 

The Marvel filmmaker went on to give fans a little added bonus, detailing, to the best of his memory, what the stripes mean. 

Here is what he wrote. 

— "Rocket's are mercenary activity, grievous bodily harm, arson (he blows up a lot of stuff), escape from prison, and, I believe, public drunkenness."

— "Quill's crimes are penny-ante robbery, grift, criminal conspiracy (from his gang involvement with the Ravagers), and having sex with members of a royal family (consensual but on some planets considered an outrageous crime for someone from his caste)."

— "Gamora keeps things simple with her long list of murders and assassinations, all at the behest of Thanos."

— "Drax's crimes are grievous bodily harm, murder, and every variety of destroying stuff you can imagine."

Those details are in the film, if viewers watched closely enough.

"The lines pretty much match what are listed as the crimes in the mug shot scene in the movie, but sometimes with more detail and additional crimes," Gunn wrote on social media. 

He added, "In the original cut, I planned to have the Nova guards put a pair of pants on Groot with his crimes of mercenary activity, grievous bodily harm and escape from prison on them, but, as soon as he entered the prison he tore his pants off, because the dude just loves being nude. However, it ended up being an enormous expense to have to create CGI pants for Groot, so it was one of the compromises I made to come in on budget."

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