Vin Diesel Says The New Baby Groot Will Be "Goofy" And "Adorable"

Thursday, 17 November 2016 - 12:58PM
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Thursday, 17 November 2016 - 12:58PM
Vin Diesel Says The New Baby Groot Will Be "Goofy" And "Adorable"
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Vin Diesel is probably the toughest, manliest dude alive, besides The Rock. How did he end up as a voice actor for a tiny, cute space sapling? Well, there's a couple things that might surprise you about Vin Diesel: first, he is a massive fan of D&D (here's a video of him on a dedicated D&D show from Geek and Sundry, appropriately titled "D&Diesel), and second, he was the voice of the robot in the Iron Giant. That's right—suuuuuperman. There's more to ol' Vin than killing people with teacups, and that means he's secure enough in his masculinity to play an alien baby tree. In a new interview with Collider, Vin reveals what to expect from Baby Groot.

First off, according to Diesel, this is not going to be the same old Groot—this is like a regressed childhood form of him:

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"Yeah, there is a difference. He couldn't be more naive as Baby Groot. I always think of the Groot that we saw on the first Guardians as a college-level Groot, so he's not fully grown yet, but he's a man. And once he sacrifices himself at the end of the movie, now he has to start all over, so to speak, but we're gonna see this goofy, adorable, baby Groot thing running around the screen and just learning as he goes."
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Now, this kind of clashes with what Kevin Feige has said before about Groot. According to him, Baby Groot has his old memories: "He remembers. He's not mentally a baby, he is still Groot… I sort of equate it to Spock circa the end of Search for Spock and The Voyage Home." From what Diesel is saying, Groot's death meant more or less a clean wipe of Groot's personality, to the point where we're seeing him as a naive kid approaching the world for the first time. Interesting.

Another interesting thing Vin Diesel revealed about playing Groot in the interview: despite Groot's vocabulary being limited to about four words, Diesel is recording all of Groot's lines in over a dozen languages:

Opening quote
"I know that, on the first one, I, like, recorded six different languages, and now James Gunn wants to increase the number of languages we do this in. So, every ADR-ed line, every moment in the movie I have to do like 15, 16 times in different languages...It's usually voice actors in respective markets that say your lines and that's not necessarily what the character is always. So, I love that, but it definitely makes it that much more challenging."
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Meanwhile, "Hodor" continues to transcend all language and cultural boundaries, apparently.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premieres in U.S. theaters on May 5th, 2017.
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