Bradley Cooper Explains Rocket’s Voice in ‘Guardians': ‘Gilbert Gottfried Meets Joe Pesci’ (Video)

Actor tells Ellen DeGeneres he initially wanted his Marvel raccoon to sound like Daniel Day Lewis’ character in “There Will Be Blood”

Last Updated: May 5, 2017 @ 2:57 PM

Bradley Cooper stops by Ellen DeGeneres couch on Friday and shares some details about how he got into character as a talking raccoon named Rocket in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies.

“We came up with a totally different voice,” Cooper told DeGeneres on her show to promote the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

The actor said that he approached the films’ writer-director James Gunn wanting to use a gravelly voice like Daniel Day Lewis’ miner character Daniel Plainview in “There Will Be Blood.”

Instead they settled on Rocket’s actual voice in the franchise, which Cooper described as, “It’s like Gilbert Gottfried meets Joe Pesci.”

The actor also shared that he’s begun to recognize himself in the furry character. “I look at him now and it’s like, ‘Yeah, it’s me,'” he said.

“Maybe with the beard it’s starting to look more and more like you,” DeGeneres said, noting the actor’s very hirsute look for the movie he’s currently shooting, a remake of “A Star Is Born” which he is directing as well as starring with Lady Gaga.

Watch the clip above.