How Journalism Works: That’s Not Glenn Close In Those Guardians Of The Galaxy Set Pictures

So, there are some pictures online, showing actors filming for a scene in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Amongst the pictures are the following pair. Take a look and see if you can spot anybody famous in here. Like an Oscar nominated actress or a popular comic actor who had his own BBC sketch show.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" Sightings in London - August 11, 2013 "Guardians of the Galaxy" Sightings in London - August 11, 2013

What do you reckon?

Here are some excerpts from io9‘s story about these images:

That’s the first pic of legendary thespian Glenn Close covered in crazy face make-up as Nova Prime above… As for Nova Prime, Gamma Squad found these pics (which may include Peter Serafinowicz as the blue alien to the left)

They’re semi-cautiously paraphrasing Gamma Squad, who said:

They provide a close-up look at members of the Nova Corps as well as our first look at Glenn Close in full makeup as Nova Prime… and I think that might also be funny dude Peter Serafinowicz in blue makeup as a Nova Corps officer in one of the pictures.

Anybody who saw the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer at Comic Con will know that’s not Serafinowicz. His character appeared in that footage, delivering the killer sign-off line, “What a bunch of a-holes,” while very much not being blue.

Admittedly, not many people did see that footage, so… okay. But pretty much anybody can look at the blue face above and see that it doesn’t look anything like Serafinowicz, surely?

Anyway, that’s all from just two passengers of what has turned out to be a rather crowded Glenn Close bandwagon. Here are a few more.

The Daily Mail:

The star’s features were disguised by an alien-like mask giving her a prominent forehead and cheeks and deep-set eyes. 

Comic Book Resources:

Countless photos have surfaced from the London set of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, providing fans with a look at the Nova Corps Centurions, numerous aliens and what’s been identified as Oscar winner Glenn Close in full make-up as Nova Prime.

The Mirror:

Cinematic grande dame Glenn Close is full of surprises – and the latest is her new look pointy ears, which she’s teamed with what appears to be a duct tape hat and a dress made from a dark grey washcloth.

Digital Spy:

The 66-year-old actress was wearing prosthetic make-up for her role as Nova Prime – the leader of the intergalactic military and police force in the Marvel blockbuster – while she was filming on London’s Millennium Bridge.

No. No she wasn’t.

But why does everybody think she was?

Well, it’s the echo chamber effect, it would seem. Somebody said it, somebody copied, and then it bounced back and forth getting louder and louder until, honestly, it started to get quite deafening.

But who whispered first? Who was the first to state, erroneously, that this is Glenn Close? Who is it that all of these websites are repeating blindly as fact without any sort of corroboration?

Seems like it was Getty Images. They tagged the images as Glenn Close before licensing them on. That’s where this all seemed to begin.

So whichever Getty employee it is that jumped to the conclusion that this actress is Glenn Close, well done. You’ve just Brass Eyed a whole string of outlets and you probably never even meant to.

Now. Don’t expect to see what Glenn Close’s Nova Prime actually looks like in Guardians of the Galaxy (clue: it will be “like Glenn Close” not “like somebody who isn’t Glenn Close in alien makeup”) until Marvel and Disney decide to officially release something.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set for release on August 1st next year. Worst case scenario, I’d say that means a teaser trailer with Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April.