The announcement that Vin Diesel would be giving voice to the living tree Groot in Marvel Studios‘ upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy was greeted with both excitement and concern, which probably means that the casting will be pretty much on the nose (if Groot has a nose).
Anyway, in the follow-up to the announcement, Diesel talked to the Los Angeles Times about taking on the part of personified shrubbery, including why he’d want to take on a part that merely featured his distinctive voice:
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.
According to Diesel, there were also other practical concerns in signing up to take a part in a Marvel movie, but the actor says the chance to play in the Marvel Universe was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up:
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.
We’ll see if the “social wave” will bring us something good in terms of how Guardians of the Galaxy turns out when it comes out next summer on August 1, 2014. In the meantime, we all eagerly await the word on who will voice Rocket Raccoon.
More news as it develops.