The rumour that Vin Diesel was going to voice Groot, the eight-foot tree in Guardians of the Galaxy, became a confirmed fact a couple of weeks ago. However, casting Diesel seemed like a bit of a waste. Groot only says three words: “I…am…Groot”. More details about the decision have come to light recently, and here’s a video to prove it.
While on the set of Fast and Furious 7, Diesel was seen walking around on fancy stilts that will be used when post-production requires the actor to suit up for motion capture. So, not only will he give Groot that familiar bassy Toretto mumble, but Diesel’s physicality will also be cleverly employed.
In the video, Diesel runs into his fellow Fast 7 co-stars Kurt Russell and Djimon Hounsou. Hounsou can also be seen in Guardians as Korath,a brilliant cyber-geneticist who co-created the Pursuer project in the Marvel Universe (creating energy that could transform any matter into a form it could use to pursue and subdue its intended targets).
This video popped up on, as you might have guessed, Diesel’s Facebook page. I love how genuinely excited he is to share the reasons why he’s prancing around on these stilts.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens on August 1st, 2014.
Source: Screen Crush