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Did Vin Diesel just all but confirm his role as Groot for Guardians of the Galaxy?

Aug. 13, 2013by:

The last we heard was that Diesel would possibly be voicing Groot in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. This due to the fact that the actor used a photo of the character as his cover photo on Facebook then promptly took it down.

First, the LA Times just came right out and asked him, "Why Groot?":

"Im 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 youre going to go for this one thing and you flip it entirely and go for the strangest Marvel character, its interesting. And when something is interesting, its inspiring."

But when would he have time to film the role?

"Im so busy. The audience wanted Vin and Marvel, Vin and Marvel. But Im 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."

He then commented on the rumor that Marvel were pissed that he posted the image:

"The last thing they are is mad. Im 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 couldnt say anything because of that secrecy.

So can we just get on with announcing it already? It's not a big deal. People want to hear what role he got, stop with all the ridiculous secrecy.

Source: LA Times

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10:44AM on 08/14/2013

In before The Soloist says...

"I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO'S VOICING ROCKET RACCOON!"

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"I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO'S VOICING ROCKET RACCOON!"

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5:51AM on 08/14/2013
Still think he's playing more than one role...or perhaps voicing more than one role.
Still think he's playing more than one role...or perhaps voicing more than one role.
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4:28AM on 08/14/2013

You guys realize Groot is the Hodor of Marvel right?

If not(which is understandable, cause who the fuck knows the guardians anyhow?) he is. He only has one line which he uses in different intonations. So Vin Diesel playing Groot will probably amount to one afternoon in a recording booth saying "I am Groot" in as many different ways as possible.
Which is why I think the Gimli JRD thing everybody points out is probably right. He will probably actually play some bigger Marvel part down the line, besides voicing Groot.
If not(which is understandable, cause who the fuck knows the guardians anyhow?) he is. He only has one line which he uses in different intonations. So Vin Diesel playing Groot will probably amount to one afternoon in a recording booth saying "I am Groot" in as many different ways as possible.
Which is why I think the Gimli JRD thing everybody points out is probably right. He will probably actually play some bigger Marvel part down the line, besides voicing Groot.
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4:33PM on 08/14/2013
It does seem a bit suspicious, doesn't it? Still, it is really hard for studios to keep a lid on things like this. Either this isn't the case or we will likely hear something about it soon. Diesel voicing Groot? Just doesn't make any sense. Especially if, as you say, they stick to comic book canon and he only says one friggin' thing.
It does seem a bit suspicious, doesn't it? Still, it is really hard for studios to keep a lid on things like this. Either this isn't the case or we will likely hear something about it soon. Diesel voicing Groot? Just doesn't make any sense. Especially if, as you say, they stick to comic book canon and he only says one friggin' thing.
4:00AM on 08/14/2013
I have no problem with Vin voicing Groot, but I was hoping he'd be Vision in Age of Ultron.

Like a few people have said, it's entirely possible he's voicing one role AND playing a different role - just as John Rhys-Davies did in LOTR (Treebeard & Gimli).

The funny thing is though... I hadn't given the voice of Groot a thought - it's Rocket Raccoon I want to know the voice of! The last rumour I heard was Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler?

Maybe, if Vin is just the voice of Groot, Marvel are
I have no problem with Vin voicing Groot, but I was hoping he'd be Vision in Age of Ultron.

Like a few people have said, it's entirely possible he's voicing one role AND playing a different role - just as John Rhys-Davies did in LOTR (Treebeard & Gimli).

The funny thing is though... I hadn't given the voice of Groot a thought - it's Rocket Raccoon I want to know the voice of! The last rumour I heard was Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler?

Maybe, if Vin is just the voice of Groot, Marvel are waiting for Rocket's voice to be sorted so they can announce the pair together?
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2:55AM on 08/14/2013
Maybe I'm just naive and trying to dig too deep into Marvel's whole secrecy strategy, but pending official word from Marvel, I still feel inclined to think that Vin is playing a different character like Blackbolt. I think it was in response to a D23 announcement that Kevin Feige said about Diesel, "No. It's so far ahead it may not even exist. So, there's nothing to announce." And the man does has a plan through 2021. I also read an EW interview that described him as getting very excited when
Maybe I'm just naive and trying to dig too deep into Marvel's whole secrecy strategy, but pending official word from Marvel, I still feel inclined to think that Vin is playing a different character like Blackbolt. I think it was in response to a D23 announcement that Kevin Feige said about Diesel, "No. It's so far ahead it may not even exist. So, there's nothing to announce." And the man does has a plan through 2021. I also read an EW interview that described him as getting very excited when asked about the idea of doing an Inhumans movie down the road. Perhaps Marvel's solution to Vin's schedule is build him up through cameos, and it would still defy expectations as he'd play a character who can't use his voice... Or Vin Diesel is playing Groot and I'm just really over thinking things here...
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4:29PM on 08/14/2013
Blackbolt is a really cool idea but as you said he can't speak and Diesel's voice is one of his biggest strengths so I wonder if they would use him that way? I still like this idea a hell of a lot more than him playing Groot.
Blackbolt is a really cool idea but as you said he can't speak and Diesel's voice is one of his biggest strengths so I wonder if they would use him that way? I still like this idea a hell of a lot more than him playing Groot.
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12:23AM on 08/14/2013
I am cool with this but I was secretly hoping he was going to be the voice of Ultron.
I am cool with this but I was secretly hoping he was going to be the voice of Ultron.
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12:09AM on 08/14/2013

Who cares?

I still can't believe this is the big reveal from him. His presence will likely make Groot a more memorable character, but he is still probably the fifth or sixth lead in the film. I have been a lifelong Marvel comics fan and collector and I have no idea who Groot is and have never seen him in any comic books. Kind of a waste of Diesel's talents.
I still can't believe this is the big reveal from him. His presence will likely make Groot a more memorable character, but he is still probably the fifth or sixth lead in the film. I have been a lifelong Marvel comics fan and collector and I have no idea who Groot is and have never seen him in any comic books. Kind of a waste of Diesel's talents.
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11:41PM on 08/13/2013
If you haven't seen Iron Giant, you should check it out. Trust me, he can voice Groot.
If you haven't seen Iron Giant, you should check it out. Trust me, he can voice Groot.
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10:56PM on 08/13/2013
i expected a more phyiscal role for Mr Vin. nothing against playing Groot
i expected a more phyiscal role for Mr Vin. nothing against playing Groot
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9:35PM on 08/13/2013
I'll be willing to see Diesel in any role. Personally, I like him a lot in "Find Me Guilty".
I'll be willing to see Diesel in any role. Personally, I like him a lot in "Find Me Guilty".
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9:12PM on 08/13/2013
He might be voicing Groot, but he's definitely not *just* voicing Groot.
He might be voicing Groot, but he's definitely not *just* voicing Groot.
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9:10PM on 08/13/2013
Is this where I do the obvious 'Vin's always been a bit wooden with his acting' joke or should I just apologise for it now?
Is this where I do the obvious 'Vin's always been a bit wooden with his acting' joke or should I just apologise for it now?
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9:07PM on 08/13/2013

Sounds Good To Me!

Even if he weren't playing Groot, I'd be happy with him in whatever role or capacity. Diesel and Marvel working together means one thing: good business.
Even if he weren't playing Groot, I'd be happy with him in whatever role or capacity. Diesel and Marvel working together means one thing: good business.
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9:02PM on 08/13/2013

Possibly more than Groot?

When he says what Marvel came up with to accommodate his "busy schedule" makes me think they have more planned for him than a simple voice casting.
When he says what Marvel came up with to accommodate his "busy schedule" makes me think they have more planned for him than a simple voice casting.
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