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Zoe Saldana ‘humbled’ to act opposite Kurt Russell

Zoe Saldana has long been a fan of Kurt Russell and his approach to family.

Zoe Saldana was truly humbled to work alongside Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

The 38-year-old actress reprises her alien alter ego Gamora in the upcoming Marvel flick, which reunites her with former co-stars Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista as the heroes continue to fight against evil.

Screen icon Kurt plays Ego, an ancient and mystery being who is the father of Chris’ character Peter Quill, and it was actually the Passengers star who suggested he played his on-screen dad.

“To get to work with a veteran of that scale... I’m really humbled,” Zoe told “He’s always been someone we’ve always talked about (in) my family about being a good father - a really good man to his family.

“When you get old, you know, your time starts to mean everything to you. So how you spend it and who you spend it with is very important. And if I’m gonna spend 16 hours of my day at work, I better be f**king spending it with great people. And Kurt Russell is a great person I have to say.”

This second instalment will give more focus to Gamora’s relationship with her sister Nebula, played by British actress Karen Gillan. Zoe praises the attention to detail director James Gunn has given to the plotline and is excited for viewers to see it come to life on the big screen.

“When it comes to (Gamora’s) relationship with Nebula, I appreciate what James Gunn did,” Zoe said. “He definitely heard what the fans were saying, you know. To see this relationship extensively unfold and see what they’re about... Through their relationship you (are) getting like a closer idea of what (their father) Thanos is really about. I think it’s really interesting to open up that window. And he certainly has with this sequel.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits cinemas from 25 April (17).

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