Vin Diesel Wants to Defy Expectations with Groot in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

The actor plans to surprise his fan base by taking on this tree-like creature in the Marvel Phase Two ensemble.
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Vin Diesel Wants to Defy Expectations with Groot in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Vin Diesel talks Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy After teasing his fans since June about a mysterious role in an upcoming Marvel movie, Vin Diesel put the speculation to a rest by posting a photo of Groot on his Facebook page, essentially confirming that he is voicing the character in Guardians of the Galaxy.

When asked about taking on the role, which came as somewhat of a surprise to his fans, the actor revealed he was interested in playing a role that wasn't an obvious choice for him.

"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."

The actor also teased why he posted that particular image of Groot over the weekend.

"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."

He also spoke about how open he is with his fans on social media platforms, and if that caused any friction with Marvel and their secretive ways.

"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."

Since Guardians of the Galaxy is already well into production, Vin Diesel was asked when hey may film the role.

"That's the thing - I'm so busy. The audience wanted Vin and Marvel, Vin and Marvel. But I'm too busy to do a six-month role. So what Marvel came up with was really interesting. ... I am watching a social wave influence and in some ways guide their thinking."

Guardians of the Galaxy was released August 1st, 2014.

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  • NickPass • 2 years ago

    don't think so

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    • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

      BARGHHHHH

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      • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

        @ghostman Doubt it

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        • mieko-siede • 2 years ago

          I think a lot of people read this wrong or read into it wrong if they really read it at all. He isn't saying he's going to defy expectation with the character itself. He's defying expectation by playing the character at all. He was suspected for a couple of other roles, Ultron and Vision. Yet in the end he chose to play or rather voice the character Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy. Not big news really.

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          • renodc • 2 years ago

            Vin Diesel did a great job as the Iron Giant and that was a very limited dialogue role. Mostly one word comments.

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            • ghostman • 2 years ago

              I think that is the thing that is going to "defy" us. We expect him to just say "I am Groot!!" yet we'll be defied when Groot has actual lines and full on speaking scenes in the movie.

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              • ghostman • 2 years ago

                @bawnian-dexeus Unless they change the rules and allow him to speak actual sentences.

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                • luc-eccles-biron • 2 years ago

                  Good, as long as he only does a voice I'm fine with it.

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                  • CoreyB • 2 years ago

                    I look forward to what hes gonna bring to the Marvel universe. I know he is known to be typecasted, but I've always thought he was a good actor. He seems like he is going to go all in! Love it.

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                    • captainrumi • 2 years ago

                      I bet, it's just a diversion... He's gonna voice the Groot, but I have a feeling, He has a much more secretive role in the Marvel Universe.

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                      • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                        The character is a regenerating branch that says the same thing over and over again...not much to defy really, just be the voice to a fun persona.

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                        • themoviefanatic • 2 years ago

                          Very interesting.

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                          • cheetoboy • 2 years ago

                            Cool great for him.

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                            • Joshua-Hollaway • 2 years ago

                              Didnt see that coming

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                              • mr-k • 2 years ago

                                Bravo Vin Diesel. You earn my respect! >;D

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