Ask almost anyone, and they will tell you their favorite scene in Guardians of the Galaxy was at the end, when Baby Groot dances to 'I Want You Back' by the Jackson 5. One question fans have always wondered, though, is: Why was Baby Groot afraid of Drax, and why did he stop dancing when the Destroyer looked his way? Speaking with Doug Loves Movies, director James Gunn finally provided an answer.
According to Gunn, who is busy prepping Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for release in 2017, there was a deleted scene that explains Drax's disdain for dancing. It also better clarifies the relationship between Groot and Drax. The director says:
"There was actually a scene that we cut from the movie where big Groot was dancing to 'Livin' Thing' by ELO. And it wasn't such an elaborate dance. It was more that he was just moving up and down like this, and Drax was dismissive and gave him this look like he was a loser when he did that."
This scene would have better set up the short dance number at the end, which finds Baby Groot dancing wildly in his new pot. James Gunn went onto explain why Drax, played by scene stealer Dave Bautista, is against dancing, which also ties back into the Kevin Bacon, Footloose joke earlier in the movie. Gunn states:
"Dancing is ludicrous to Drax. I don't think he understands it. If Drax owned a town, if he was a mayor, the first law would be no dancing. But yeah, so at the end of the movie, little baby Groot didn't want to get caught dancing, because he would kill him."
The Baby Groot dance scene has become so popular that many toys have been released based on the popular credits sting. In earlier interviews, Gunn has teased that Groot is actually dead, and that Baby Groot is his son, an idea that may be explored in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. You can watch the original scene here: