Vin voices 'Groot' in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
MANILA, Philippines - It turns out Vin Diesel won't be part of Marvel's "The Avengers" anytime soon. Instead he takes on an unexpected role as the voice of the alien tree Groot in "Guardians of the Galaxy," reports the "Los Angeles Times."
The "Fast and the Furious" star has been using his Facebook account to drop hints of a collaboration with Marvel. In June, he posted a photo of himself posing before a poster of "The Avengers." But on August 12, Diesel posted a picture of the talking extraterrestrial tree.
According to IGN, Groot is virtually indestructible and can rejuvinate at his own will. The talking tree that speaks no other words than the phrase, "I am Groot," has the power to control plant life.
In an interview with the "LA Times," Diesel said he wanted to "defy expectations" with his Groot character.
"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."
Diesel says he uses social media to share what inspires him.
"I get inspired by things. I see that and I want to be a little cryptic and I want to say something positive. Even if it’s as cryptic as an old, dated image of a character."
"Guardians of the Galaxy" is halfway through production, but Vin has yet to film his parts.
"I’m so busy. The audience wanted Vin and Marvel, Vin and Marvel. But I’m too busy to do a 6-month role. So what Marvel came up with was really interesting."
Get to know the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' in this video by IGN:
According to Cinem Blend, the only major role left without an actor is furry sharp shooter Rocket Racoon.
Other key players are Chris Pratt ("Zero Dark Thirty) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana ("Star Trek") as Gamora, wrestler Dave Batista ("The Man with the Iron Fists") as Drax The Destroyer, and acclaimed actress Glenn Close as Nova Prime.
Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is set for release in August 2014. - Rappler.com
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