In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Vin Diesel returns to voice for Groot, an extremely humanoid tree with a limited vocabulary. Fans often wonder what attracted Diesel to take up the job and the actor attributes to it to his son Vincent who inspired him to do the voice over for the character.
“I went to meet Kevin Feige for a couple hours to talk. A couple of weeks later, Marvel sent over a book of concept art and they had this crazy idea that kind of played to the Iron Giant character I played in the beginning of my career. And what sealed the deal for me was when I opened up the giant book of concept art and fell in love with the character Groot. I asked my son which character he thought Daddy should play, and my son, Vincent, who was three at the time, pointed to the tree. And something about that made me feel like it was going to be the perfect match.” he says
For Diesel, there is much to love about the quirky character. “I loved the gentle giant aspect of Groot,” he says adding, “I loved how enigmatic the character is. He’s been labeled the most interesting character in the Marvel universe because he’s so unique and so different.”
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and also features Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket apart from Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. The film hits the theatres on May 5.