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.
Vin Diesel talks 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 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.



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Comments (15)

  1. NickPass

    don't think so

    1 year agoby @NickPassFlag

  2. Mieko_Siede

    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.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  3. renodc

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

    1 year agoby @renodcFlag

  4. Ghostman

    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.

    1 year agoby @ghostmanFlag

  5. Ghostman

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

    1 year agoby @ghostmanFlag

  6. Luc Eccles Biron

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

    1 year agoby @luc-eccles-bironFlag

  7. CoreyB

    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.

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  8. CaptainRumi

    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.

    1 year agoby @captainrumiFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    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.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. Sean

    Very interesting.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. Cheetoboy

    Cool great for him.

    1 year agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  12. Joshua Hollaway

    Didnt see that coming

    1 year agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  13. Mr.K

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

    1 year agoby @mr-kFlag