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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's' Kurt Russell can sum up his career in one word: 'Brandy'

Kurt Russell plays a planet in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Kurt Russell plays a planet in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Kurt Russell sings “Brandy,” the 1972 hit song, in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” as a way of explaining why his character, Ego the Living Planet (more on that name later), hasn’t been around much for his son, Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord. Ego calls “Brandy” Earth’s greatest composition, a line that, thinking about it, makes Russell laugh (and Russell is a man given to great laughter), loud and hard.

And then he relates the song to his career. And because this is Russell talking, the explanation is insanely detailed and delivered with enthusiasm and takes more than a few left turns. But here’s the gist:

“A lot of the movies I did, that were misunderstood at the time, live in that world of ‘Brandy.’ That level of humor. ‘Is this cruel but funny? Or not cruel at all but kind of cool? No, they don’t seriously think “Brandy” is the greatest song ever written, do they? Nooooooo!

“Well, I want all those feelings in there. I want to run the gamut of having people say, ‘Oh, my God, yes! Finally somebody realizes that “Brandy” is the greatest … song ever recorded’ to snickering, ‘Oh, that’s funny. “Brandy.” ’ ”

I’ve spent my whole career making movies that run that fine line.

Kurt Russell

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