Vin Diesel Explains his Decision to Play Guardians of the Galaxy’s Groot

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So is Vin Diesel really playing Groot in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”? (Or at least, voicing the character Groot in the movie?) It looks like it’s a done deal, according to Diesel himself.

The LATimes caught up with Diesel at something called the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. luncheon today and put the question to him. Although he doesn’t come right out and say Yes, he’s in the movie, he basically comes right out and say Yes, he’s in the movie.

Tales to Astonish Comic Book CoverI mean, here’s what he says when asked, “Why Groot?”:

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.

Apparently the decision to voice Groot was also due to his schedule, in particular the soon-to-be-shooting “Fast and Furious 7”, which would of course conflict with Gunn’s in-production “Guardians of the Galaxy”, which is currently shooting all over London and from what we’ve seen of the Comic Con footage, has been shooting for quite some time.

By way of explaining why Groot again, Diesel said this:

That’s the thing — I’m so busy. The audience wanted Vin and Marvel, Vin and Marvel. But I’m 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.

I have no idea what that last part means, but the bottom line is that he’s way too busy to commit too much to Marvel, so fans who are clamoring to see him in a Marvel film will just have to be satisfied with him voicing an alien tree.

Sorry, kids, no Vision, Thanos, or Namor for the Vinster. Any of those characters would be way too time-consuming, given the blood and tears Marvel makes actors sign over when they want to play in the Marvel playground.