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Vin Diesel Discusses Groot in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Why'd he update his Facebook picture? Why would he potentially want the role? The action star speaks his mind in a new interview.

Is Vin Diesel voicing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy? It has yet to be officially confirmed, but pretty much all signs are pointing to yes. Hero Complex had an opportunity to chat with the actor and jumped right into it. When they asked, "Ok, so why Groot?" Vin responded with the following.

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.

When HC stated Guardians is at least halfway through production, Vin said, "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.."

As for why he changed his Facebook cover photo, The Fast & Furious actor says he gets "inspired by things" and that Marvel isn't upset with him at all over the move. "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."

So yeah, it seems safe to assume we'll hear Vin's signature voice say "I AM GROOT!" quite a few ways when Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters 8/1/14.

Source: Hero Complex

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Posted by danhimself

I kind of still believe that he's just messing with everyone and that he has no role in any Marvel movie

Edited by inferiorego

I am Groot

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Posted by bunkerbuster05

He was the Iron Giant, and didn't really say much. He can do the same here, and still give a performance. I don't know why everyone is making a huge deal out of it :P

I do wish he was Thanos, though.

Posted by mdamasco

I wonder if he will say more than "I am Groot"

Posted by k4tzm4n

I kind of still believe that he's just messing with everyone and that he has no role in any Marvel movie

I would like to believe Diesel has better things to do with his time than troll Marvel fans :P

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Posted by danhimself

@k4tzm4n said:

@danhimself said:

I kind of still believe that he's just messing with everyone and that he has no role in any Marvel movie

I would like to believe Diesel has better things to do with his time than troll Marvel fans :P

isn't that pretty much what he did with the images of Vision?

Posted by CaseyJones

I like Vin's answer.

I can do whatever the … I want.

Posted by thatthomclancy
Posted by CaseyJones

@k4tzm4n said:

@danhimself said:

I kind of still believe that he's just messing with everyone and that he has no role in any Marvel movie

I would like to believe Diesel has better things to do with his time than troll Marvel fans :P

True. I doubt Vin even runs his Facebook page.

Posted by inferiorego

@inferiorego: no you're not.

For some reason, I got an email notification you replied to me... but only you. I'll take it....

Remember when we used to be best friends?

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Posted by thatthomclancy

@thatthomclancy said:

@inferiorego: no you're not.

For some reason, I got an email notification you replied to me... but only you. I'll take it....

Remember when we used to be best friends?

I do, want to hang out sometime?

Posted by inferiorego

@inferiorego said:

@thatthomclancy said:

@inferiorego: no you're not.

For some reason, I got an email notification you replied to me... but only you. I'll take it....

Remember when we used to be best friends?

I do, want to hang out sometime?

Wanna come out to Hoffman Estates tomorrow and watch me do terrible comedy at an open mic?

Also, Vin as Groot will be great!

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Posted by sagejonathan

Groot is a boss.

Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

Yes.

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Edited by thatthomclancy

@thatthomclancy said:

@inferiorego said:

@thatthomclancy said:

@inferiorego: no you're not.

For some reason, I got an email notification you replied to me... but only you. I'll take it....

Remember when we used to be best friends?

I do, want to hang out sometime?

Wanna come out to Hoffman Estates tomorrow and watch me do terrible comedy at an open mic?

Also, Vin as Groot will be great!

Text me some details and yes he will be. Much better Groot than Vision.

Posted by frozenedge

I'm not against at all. Groot isn't that complicated of a character to voice, he's actually pretty similar to the Iron Giant

Posted by kriminal

a talking tree? I guess it will do. was hoping for vision, but whatever

Posted by CaseyJones
Posted by mattwing87

I'd rather see him play a Marvel character instead of voicing one but either way it still be awesome to have him apart of the Marvel Cinematic universe!

Posted by cameron83

@inferiorego said:

@thatthomclancy said:

@inferiorego said:

@thatthomclancy said:

@inferiorego: no you're not.

For some reason, I got an email notification you replied to me... but only you. I'll take it....

Remember when we used to be best friends?

I do, want to hang out sometime?

Wanna come out to Hoffman Estates tomorrow and watch me do terrible comedy at an open mic?

Also, Vin as Groot will be great!

Text me some details and yes he will be. Much better Groot than Vision.

0.o I kinda wanna see that.....

although I don't think I'm invited :''''''(

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Edited by ArtisticNeedham

IRON GIANT Vin Diesel Voice Over

Vin Diesel was the voice of the Iron Giant, another role where he had view lines but was very powerful. Another role where he was actually a gentle giant. So I think he could very well play Groot and pull it off and for it to be true. If its not thats fine too, but he would be perfect.

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@caseyjones said:

I like Vin's answer.

I can do whatever the … I want.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Hmmm, not a bad choice, but personally I'd have gone for John Rhys-Davies...and this is the reason why...

Posted by Solomonwreath

I think Vin could play a decent Carl Creel. I'm not sure how they could work him in but I think that it would be interesting to see.

Posted by Bloxxeh
Edited by loQ_on

I'd like to hear him voice Groot & then physically play Black Bolt(fingers crossed for the Inhumans someday getting some kind of cinematic love). Imo he'd be spectacular in both roles.

Posted by Enzeru

Vin probably only wants the role, because he will make quite some money and there is basically no text he will have to learn:

"I am Groot!"
"I am Groot!"
"I am Groot!"
"I am Groot!"
"I am Groot!"

Posted by M3th

If he is Groot I think he will be an AWEsome Groot.

Posted by nappystr8

Seems more an more likely he'll be Groot, but the way he's talking about it still makes me wonder if this isn't more misdirection.

Edited by DonFelipe

How can voicing Groot be interesting or inspiring?

Perhaps Vin is confusing his potential job with that of the CGI guys who have to animate and render Groot. It's just an easy way to add another movie title to his vita while the producer get another big name. A Win-Vin situation nonetheless.

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

I'd be okay with him as Groot. I never knew he was the voice in Iron Giant until it was mentioned the other day by @k4tzm4n . Then again, I haven't seen Iron Giant since 1999:p

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

Even if Vin plays Groot doesn't mean he wont be able to play another character. Like John Rhys-Davies in the Lord of the Rings. Vin could play a character like Groot, just his voice and CG, and then a character like the Vision where its actually him in costume and make up and stuff.

Posted by ThomasElliot

The irony about Vin Diesel is that he's actually a pretty smart guy, despite what his more 'popular' filmography shows.

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Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

I am Groot!

Posted by lykopis

How can voicing Groot be interesting or inspiring?

Perhaps Vin is confusing his potential job with that of the CGI guys who have to animate and render Groot. It's just an easy way to add another movie title to his vita while the producer get another big name. A Win-Vin situation nonetheless.

Pretty much my view on this.

Having his name tied to the film would be great for marketing, which is what all this really boils down to.

Edited by TheAcidSkull

@lykopis said:

@donfelipe said:

How can voicing Groot be interesting or inspiring?

Perhaps Vin is confusing his potential job with that of the CGI guys who have to animate and render Groot. It's just an easy way to add another movie title to his vita while the producer get another big name. A Win-Vin situation nonetheless.

Pretty much my view on this.

Having his name tied to the film would be great for marketing, which is what all this really boils down to.

and it doesn't he'll do bad with the voice either.

Posted by comicbookfreak1618

I think Van Diesel would be a great Groot cause he's got the build for it, but not the right heightPlus at comicon this year they realesed a picture of the the guardians of the galaxy and groot was tall and made a skinny character. I would probably say that he would make a perfect Drax the Destroyer, cause Drax is bald and not to tall,although van diesel would haft to get a little skinnier

Posted by Miss_Garrick

If this really happens, cool. If not, whatever.