Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
Win Premiere Tickets
To see Mission: Impossible in Vienna.
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Justin Lin Confirms Star Trek Beyond's Title
And tweets a first pic
Paul Feig Offers A Look At The New Ghostbusters Uniforms
What you gonna wear?
Guardians Of The Galaxy Sequel Is Called Vol. 2
Kevin Feige lets slip, James Gunn confirms
Daniel Radcliffe Recruited For Surreal Indie Swiss Army Man
Paul Dano and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are also aboard
Guillermo Del Toro Reportedly Departs DC's Dark Universe
As Sandman and other Vertigo titles switch to New Line
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
TODAY
Guardians Of The Galaxy Sequel Is Called Vol. 2
Kevin Feige lets slip, James Gunn confirms
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
31 May 2017
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Fast & Furious 7
Empire Star Rating
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Riddick (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Super (2011)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Vin Diesel Hints He's Guardians' Groot
UPDATE: Vin speaks!

14 August 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: LA Times

submit to reddit

Update: Following the weekend's Facebook mischief, Vin Diesel has elaborated on the Groot business (although there's still no actual mention of that actual name) and his dalliance with Marvel. So why a tree? "As an actor not everything you do has to be the obvious choice," he told the Press Association in Hollywood, "and sometimes the best thing you can do is defy expectations. If everyone expects you to go for this one thing [likely a reference to the popular assumption he'd be Thanos] and you flip it entirely and go for the strangest Marvel character, it's interesting. And when it's interesting it's inspiring."

Also inspiring to Vin was the concept artwork he's been shown, but it seems the clincher was the size of the role, allowing it to be slotted into his busy upcoming Riddick / Fast 7 schedule. "The audience wanted Vin and Marvel, but I'm too busy to do a six-month role," he says. "What Marvel came up with was really interesting..."


Vin Diesel has somewhere in the region of 45 million friends on his Facebook page, and enjoys nothing better than a gradual drip-fed news reveal. A couple of months ago he teased that he was going in to talk to Marvel about something secret, and in only-marginally-oblique style he appears to have let the tree out of the bag. A temporary change of his profile pic to one of an Ent-looking wood man would seem to indicate that he's to be Groot in Guardians Of The Galaxy. "I am Groot," he seems to be saying... and that's basically all he'll be saying if he has the role, since that's about the limit of the character's vocabulary.

Possibly the last of his race, Groot is an alien plant monster who can regenerate himself from twigs. So he's a bit like Swamp Thing, if Swamp Thing worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. (or rather its space equivalent). In the comics he's battled Hulk and Thanos, and has a touching affiliation with Rocket Raccoon. As we said, his sole line is  "I am Groot" (although he gets a lot of expression on those words), but then we've only heard movie-Hulk say "Smash!" and "Puny God" so far, and we were fine with that.

Assuming this is what's going on, it would not be Diesel's first turn as a taciturn animation, since he was Brad Bird's The Iron Giant back in 1999, which gives him voice-acting kudos for the rest of time. While it might sound like an easy gig for an expensive actor, just think of all the different nuances he can bring to this performance. "I am Groot." "I am Groot." "I am Groot." I am Groot!" He's probably practising with a tape recorder right now.

We are, of course, still awaiting official confirmation on Groot's voice, and that of Rocket Raccoon - and there remains the question of Thanos, who's due to appear in the film in some (baddie) capacity and has also yet to be announced.

James Gunn is the Guardians director, and the rest of his cast includes Chris Pratt, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista and Ophelia Lovibond. Shooting is underway right now, for a release next summer.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Glenn Powell Is The Latest Expendable
Newcomer joins the veterans
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

RE:
I thought they might go with Elijah Wood, but I guess I was barking up the wrong tree. More

Posted by Oroborous at 20:18 on 14 August 2013 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
100 Greatest Movie Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains exclusively revealed!

Bonfire Of The Vanities: When Personal Projects Go Wrong
15 hubristic horrors that went straight to movie jail

Podcast 167: Emily Mortimer, Robert Sheehan, Corin Hardy
It's the live Edinburgh special round 2!

The 15 Most Exciting Games Of E3
The greatest games currently winging their way towards a console near you

Distribution Denied! 25 Films You Can't Get On DVD
The movies that have never seen the transfer to digital disc

Hollywood Jackanory: Stars Reading Things Out Of Context
From Ian McKellen vs. One Direction to Hugh Jackman vs. baking innuendos

Before And After: How 10 Books Changed On Their Way To Becoming Movies
...And how their authors reacted

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)