Vin Diesel appeared on Conversations With Maria Menounos and finally confirmed that he is indeeed going to play Groot through voice and mocap, among other things. He also mentions the concept art for the character, which he said was some of the best he’d ever seen. But it was when his daughter pointed at Groot that the actor says:
“From that moment on, I was Groot.”
When James Gunn brought him the idea of voicing a character traditionally known for saying only one line, Diesel said, he thought there was something interesting and challenging about that, and it was simliar to the challenge of doing a Riddick film where he didn’t interact with any other actors for the whole first act of the film.
He also discusses his role with Marvel, and the idea that there’s something else still coming in 2016 that he’s going to be a part of.
That would be Phase 3. Maybe an Inhumans movie?
He calls it a “merging of brands.”
The Guardians talk begins at around the 50 minute mark. Let us know what you think?
Guardians of the Galaxy is being directed by James Gunn from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn. The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou as Korath, with Academy Award winner Benicio del Toro as The Collector, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close as Nova Prime.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is set for August 1st, 2014.