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Is Vin Diesel playing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy?

Aug. 12, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Diesel/Groot

When it was first announced by Vin Diesel that he was going to have a meeting with Marvel, many assumed that the actor might be playing Vision or Ultron in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. According to Deadline though, Vin Diesel might actually be playing Groot in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. This is based on a source for Deadline and the fact that Diesel posted this image yesterday of Groot as his cover picture for Facebook, although it has since been taken down.

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With Deadline's source and Vin Diesel possibly teasing his involvement with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY on Facebook (he is pretty open/cryptic with his fans), there's a real good chance Diesel is voicing Groot in the film. I think a lot of us assumed he would play a bigger part in Marvel's cinematic universe (he still might - it's not like this has been confirmed), but if he ends up playing Groot in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, I'd have no problem with that.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close, and is out August 1st, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Which character do you think is the best fit for Vin Diesel: Groot, Vision or Ultron?
Source: Deadline

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9:28AM on 08/12/2013
I still think he is better off voicing Thanos, who also set to appear in GOTG, Groot doesn't speak much in the comics at all. The Groot pic may just be a way to throw fans off,
I still think he is better off voicing Thanos, who also set to appear in GOTG, Groot doesn't speak much in the comics at all. The Groot pic may just be a way to throw fans off,
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9:29AM on 08/12/2013
If true, consider me disappointed. Groot doesn't say much besides "I Am Groot!"
If true, consider me disappointed. Groot doesn't say much besides "I Am Groot!"
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9:31AM on 08/12/2013

i actually bewildered that this hasn't been discussed earlier...

He's been smashing his twitter about all his marvel meetings for months.
The next big Marvel project to hit production is Guardians of the Galaxy which still hasn't been fully casted and the two left are CG characters... Of course Vin (gravel voice) Diesel is voicing Groot. It's a fucking no brainer.
He's the perfect choice for the role.
He's been smashing his twitter about all his marvel meetings for months.
The next big Marvel project to hit production is Guardians of the Galaxy which still hasn't been fully casted and the two left are CG characters... Of course Vin (gravel voice) Diesel is voicing Groot. It's a fucking no brainer.
He's the perfect choice for the role.
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9:44AM on 08/12/2013
It would be cool to see him Act as Groot and Voice of Groot as well.
It would be cool to see him Act as Groot and Voice of Groot as well.
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9:51AM on 08/12/2013
The picture of Groot has been cropped and the dialogue has been removed. I bet if we can find the original picture we might have a better look at who vin diesel is playing .
The picture of Groot has been cropped and the dialogue has been removed. I bet if we can find the original picture we might have a better look at who vin diesel is playing .
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10:17AM on 08/12/2013
I think he's perfect for Groot. And by the way, Groot hasn't always been limited to saying only his own name, I would hope Diesel would get to talk at least a bit more in this role than he did as the Iron Giant.
I think he's perfect for Groot. And by the way, Groot hasn't always been limited to saying only his own name, I would hope Diesel would get to talk at least a bit more in this role than he did as the Iron Giant.
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10:33AM on 08/12/2013
Didn't he say "wow" after the meeting...Groot doesn't seem like something that would register a wow. If it's true...may be Marvel have given him more than one role....that would be a wow, no?
Didn't he say "wow" after the meeting...Groot doesn't seem like something that would register a wow. If it's true...may be Marvel have given him more than one role....that would be a wow, no?
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10:52AM on 08/12/2013
All Groot says is "I am Groot" yet everyone understands what he means sorta like Chewbacca. Vin Diesel seems too expensive for this kind of role.

If he's going to voice a character Ultron seems like the better choice.
All Groot says is "I am Groot" yet everyone understands what he means sorta like Chewbacca. Vin Diesel seems too expensive for this kind of role.

If he's going to voice a character Ultron seems like the better choice.
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11:35AM on 08/12/2013
I was really hoping that he was going to be Ultron.
I was really hoping that he was going to be Ultron.
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12:03PM on 08/12/2013
I think it might be a waste of that particular actor. Diesel also teased that his character would have a "love story", which I don't think they're giving Groot.
I think it might be a waste of that particular actor. Diesel also teased that his character would have a "love story", which I don't think they're giving Groot.
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9:23PM on 08/12/2013
There is a bromance between him and Rocket
There is a bromance between him and Rocket
12:15PM on 08/12/2013
Between those three roles, I'd like to see him play Vision the most. However, I am 100% on board with him being any of them.
Between those three roles, I'd like to see him play Vision the most. However, I am 100% on board with him being any of them.
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1:13PM on 08/12/2013

he can do more than one if he does Groot

Since we lost the big man (Mr. Duncan, r.i.p.) that was epic doing Groot in Ultimate Spider Man, I have no issue at all with Vin doing him. The guy did great voice work in Iron Giant, and proved he can show emotion through inflection (since Groot has a full vocabulary that is heard through inflection only while saying "I Am Groot", being able to do that is critical) But here's the thing: John Rys Davis played Gimli in LOR, as well as doing the voices of Sauron AND Treebeard. There is no reason
Since we lost the big man (Mr. Duncan, r.i.p.) that was epic doing Groot in Ultimate Spider Man, I have no issue at all with Vin doing him. The guy did great voice work in Iron Giant, and proved he can show emotion through inflection (since Groot has a full vocabulary that is heard through inflection only while saying "I Am Groot", being able to do that is critical) But here's the thing: John Rys Davis played Gimli in LOR, as well as doing the voices of Sauron AND Treebeard. There is no reason Diesel cant do Vision or Ultron as well as Groot
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3:28PM on 08/12/2013
Well John Rys Davis is a bit more versatile though...
Well John Rys Davis is a bit more versatile though...
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1:52PM on 08/12/2013

I would say that

His acting is more wooden than mechanical, so I think Groot is the better fit. I do think he could be great as Ultron however and totally wrong for the Vision. Vision needs to show HIGH intelligence and compassion and Vin does not portray that.
His acting is more wooden than mechanical, so I think Groot is the better fit. I do think he could be great as Ultron however and totally wrong for the Vision. Vision needs to show HIGH intelligence and compassion and Vin does not portray that.
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1:57PM on 08/12/2013
I still think he's voicing Ultron... but it may be confirmed in the Guardians trailer if Groot speaks
I still think he's voicing Ultron... but it may be confirmed in the Guardians trailer if Groot speaks
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8:00AM on 08/13/2013

Really?

This was what all the secrecy and drama was about? If this is really all he is doing in the Marvel-verse then who fucking cares?
This was what all the secrecy and drama was about? If this is really all he is doing in the Marvel-verse then who fucking cares?
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10:23AM on 08/13/2013
Marvel might have liked his voice work in the Iron Giant, which was probably the reason he was cast as Groot in GOTG, and given Vin Diesels busy schedule with prepping filming for FF7 and doing promo for Riddick, he may not have the time to commit to a larger role for GOTG
Marvel might have liked his voice work in the Iron Giant, which was probably the reason he was cast as Groot in GOTG, and given Vin Diesels busy schedule with prepping filming for FF7 and doing promo for Riddick, he may not have the time to commit to a larger role for GOTG
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