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Published On: Thu, Aug 15th, 2013

Vin Diesel explains Marvel role as Groot, joining ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and fitting it in his schedule

“Vin and Marvel…Vin and Marvel” — a likely motto which can hang as a backdrop to the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy as Vin Diesel appears to be set as the voice of the tree like warrior Groot.

groot Guardians of the GalaxyTalking with Hero Complex, Diesel explained he had to be secretive at Comic-Con, even during the Riddick panel, but has now opened up about the role (but not angering Marvel Studios)

“The last thing they are is mad. I’m pretty open, but I have been secretive about this. I went to Comic-Con and I got blasted while I was on the Hall H panel for “Riddick.” Someone asked a Marvel question. I couldn’t say anything because of that secrecy.”

While it seems like an odd choice for Diesel, he explained.

“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.”

So he has even found inspiration in the role.

“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.”

“I get inspired by things. So if somebody sends me a book of conceptual art that’s the best character design work I’ve ever seen — I’m not kidding, 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.”

Check out the full interview here

Karen Gillan has been confirmed as one of the film’s major villains, while Glenn Close will play the leader of the Nova Corps, a body of intergalactic police officers.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker and John C Reilly will co-star.

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled to arrive August 1, 2014.

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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