Guardians of the Galaxy: Vin Diesel Discusses Groot & Playing An ‘Interesting’ Marvel Character

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Just a few weeks before Comic-Con International kicked off in San Diego in July, Vin Diesel took to social media to declare that Marvel Studios had requested a meeting with him. He seemed unsure of it all but the fandom provided the “push” needed to – we can safely assume – land him a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the the timing of it all, it seemed a certainty that whatever character Diesel was in discussions for would be introduced in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, currently shooting in London.

When Diesel first started publicly discussing a potential Marvel gig we theorized that he’d be playing the voice of either Groot (a walking, talking tree) or the villainous Thanos (the grinning purple guy from the mid-credits scene of The Avengers) , but after teasing imminent “big news,” and the idea of playing a character involved in a “different kind of love story,” his posting of a picture of Groot to his Facebook wall over the weekend seemingly clinched the deal.

Diesel was present at a Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. luncheon earlier today and LA Times’ Hero Complex had a chance to ask him directly about why he’d play an odd and obscure character such as Groot.

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“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.”

Is this confirmation that Marvel sold Diesel on playing a tree who’s best pal is a raccoon who loves heavy weapons? As for the buzz-generating image drop on Facebook:

“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.”

Joss Whedon knew during production on The Avengers what he wanted to do for the sequel (which we now know is The Avengers: Age of Ultron) and so it makes us wonder if preliminary talks (or gauging of interest) occurred between Marvel and Vin Diesel for the role of Ultron or Vision after The Avengers hit theaters and broke records worldwide. That would explain why – like the image drop of Groot on Sunday – Diesel posted a comic illustration of Vision on his Facebook briefly last August.

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While not flat out confirming that he is voicing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, Diesel talks about the fan response on his Facebook page about anything Marvel related. He doesn’t quite understand it and despite not having the schedule to play one of the leads or key supporting live-action roles, he credits Marvel for coming up with something “really interesting” for him to do, and part of that will undoubtedly be his ability to help market the film via his 45+ million Facebook fans. On whether or not Marvel in all of their secrecy is concerned about him posting an image of Groot on his wall, Diesel responded “the last thing they are is mad,” and later followed it up by saying part of the appeal of having him aboard “maybe because I’m the kind of guy who will put up a post [on Facebook] that’s different.”

Diesel does seem genuinely interested in the voice role and even though most incarnations of the Groot character in Marvel Comics involve limited speech, he can own it, make it his, and make it popular through his own means. That is, assuming we aren’t all being played and Diesel is playing another character like Thanos… Now we wait to find out who’s voicing Rocket Raccoon.

Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn off of his script co-written by Nicole Perlman. It stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close.


Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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Source: Hero Complex

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  1. i am groot

  2. If he is playing Groot, it would be the first legitimate reason for Vin to offer such a wooden performance…

    Am I right?

    *high five*

  3. He’s an actor now? How about that.

  4. What if he is voicing RR? the different kind of love story talk and the image of Groot! what if it is all pointing to RR loving Groot? Everyone is thinking and saying Groot but what if it is Rocket Raccoon that is he voicing and not Groot?

    That would throw EVERYONE for a loop and shock everyone! Marvel would love that, it don’t make much sense to play/voice a character that says 3 words but It would make MUCH MORE sense for Marvel to have him voice RR

    • I hope not, although I trust Marvel to make the best choice for the role of RR… but, gosh I hope not.

      • We could argue about who “the strangest Marvel character” is Groot or RR, but I don’t think he would be interested in a character that says 3 words! James Gunn could change that and make Groot more talkative we will have to wait and see about that!

        JG said a few months back that he knew who he wanted to voice these characters and Maybe Vin was his choice for Groot, but I think RR would be more attractive to Vin Diesel! Especially with RR’s attitude, it just seems more up his alley

        • When Rooker first joined the cast I was really, really hoping he was going to be doing Rocket Raccoon… that would have been amazing.

          Yondu? Really?

  5. vin was the voice of the iron giant in that animated movie years ago “the iron giant” he has a deep voice for groot not really a fast talking loud mouth like rocket raccoon…think about things guys….

    its possible he could ALSO play vision in an avengers movie being that the groot voice over would probably take a half hour to do his whole script since groot says very little …he did post both pics

  6. Vin’s job right now is to make people think he is in the GotG movie to have them talking about the characters, and some fans learning about them for the first time. Hes probably not in it at all and will be in the Avengers, or he is Groot but will still play another character in the Avengers

  7. … What if they are trying to seriously pull a crazy one… What if he is Rocket Raccoon?

  8. How about Noel Gallagher as Rocket Raccoon? I know, he is an awesome singer but he really would have the attitude to be the most badass space Avenger ever.

    • srsly people:

      • All I will say is “That’s Amazing”!!!

        BUT That’s a HUGE NO for RR!!

  9. Vin Diesel should voice Thanos. if he isn’t, then i think Michael Jai White would be a good candidate