“I AM GROOT”
The phrase will catch on with kids come 2014 right along side a swashbuckling, laser-gun firing racoon! We showed you the awesome footage yesterday and we can’t wait until Marvel Studios most ambitious and risky project yet hits theaters next year. And though production is about half over there are still some mysteries about the film. Well we may finally have one of the final pieces, as Vin Diesel (Riddick) basically confirmed his role as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, we are still awaiting confirmation from Marvel Studios. No stranger to voice acting, Vin Diesel played the giant robot in the classic animated movie, The Iron Giant. Speaking with Hero Complex, Vin Diesel had the following to say on the topic:
Hero Complex: OK, so why Groot?
Vin Diesel: I’m an actor. I can do whatever the … I want. As an actor, not everything has to be the most obvious choice. And sometimes, the best thing you can do — as far as Steven Spielberg and his advice — is to defy expectations. So if everybody thinks you’re going to go for this one thing and you flip it entirely and go for the strangest Marvel character, it’s interesting. And when something is interesting, it’s inspiring.
Why did you post a picture of the character on Facebook this weekend?
Diesel: I get inspired by things. So if somebody sends me a book of conceptual art that’s the best character design work I’ve ever seen — I’m not kidding, I see that and I want to be a little cryptic and I want to say something positive. Even if it’s as cryptic as an old, dated image of a character.
Marvel is notoriously secretive about its movies, and you’re very open. Isn’t it mad you’ve been dropping hints about “Guardians”?
Diesel: The last thing they are is mad. I’m pretty open, but I have been secretive about this. I went to Comic-Con and I got blasted while I was on the Hall H panel for “Riddick.” Someone asked a Marvel question. I couldn’t say anything because of that secrecy.