Why have Bradley Cooper do movie publicity, when you could have his Guardians of the Galaxy alter-ego Rocket Raccoon instead? Cooper voiced the badass bounty-hunter superhero in the summer’s smash hit, but when the film opened in Japan this weekend, it was an animatronic version of the character that fielded reporters’ questions. The creature is creepily lifelike, given the subtle movements of its head and eyes and the deep, gravely voice that comes out of its mouth.
The animatron, created by Okuyama Tetsushi, is also a kind of meta statement as well, since Rocket’s character in the movie is also part robot. (It has cybernetic implants, whatever those are.) It’s a fabulous stunt and one that Hollywood actors should welcome. Maybe if they can create robotic replicas of themselves, they’ll no longer have to sit for those mindless all-day movie launch press junkets.