Vin Diesel hints at his weirdly awesome plans for Groot in Guardians

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Aug 29, 2013

He might’ve been up for a standalone movie role originally, but Vin Diesel has now joined up with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. So how exactly is he planning to bring the ass-kicking tree alien Groot to life?

While chatting with The Huffington Post, Diesel opened up about his decision to join the project and why he’s excited to play Groot. It’s an admittedly weird casting move, mostly because (in the comics) Groot is best known for only uttering the phrase “I am Groot,” which can mean many different things depending on his inflection.

So how does Diesel plan on bringing a character to life when he will, probably, just have one line? That’s the fun part, and he believes his potential three-word line still leaves a lot of space for his acting skills to shine.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“The idea of bringing that physicality to a CGI character always tantalized me. To strip away everything is insane. In this case, the voice plays heavily into it, too. I don't know what kind of dialogue will be in it, but even if it stayed true to character, there's so much one can do with ‘I am Groot.’ It's the kind of challenge very few actors ever get.”

We still don’t know exactly how director James Gunn will imagine the character on the big screen, but whatever he has in mind, it looks like Diesel is up to the challenge. Do you think Diesel is the right choice for Groot?

(Via The Huffington Post)

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