As Marvel look to bring together two ends of the spectrum via The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy for Infinity War, Vin Diesel believes the character he voices in Groot is destined for more than just a cameo in a larger ensemble.
The xXx: Return of Xander Cage star might only be the voice of the hero. But, if his recent comments are any judge, he absolutely loves being part of the MCU.
Doing the media rounds for his reboot of the blockbuster series that packs a punch, Diesel offered his thoughts about Groot and what the filmmakers and producers could have in store for him and the audience. Stopping short of going into great detail, he argues that the blueprints for a spinoff are in the works.
Director Gunn A Key Piece of the Puzzle
The backstory of Groot is something hardcore comic book fans will understand. But, in the context of the current movie series, the platform is there to explore. Diesel says that director James Gunn is ready and willing.
"It's something that James Gunn has talked about and something that I knew he would love to do," replied Diesel. "Sure, I think it could be very interesting. I think it's inevitable. That character is so enigmatic and he was already one of the most unique characters in the Marvel universe, and I think what Marvel has done, and what James Gunn has done to realize that character, has exceeded beyond anyone's expectations. It's just such an interesting character and there's so much to learn about him. I'd love to go back to his planet and learn more about him, and I think the world would too. He's really a genius, on a lot of levels, but we can only hear him say 'I am Groot' because of our sophistication level."
With the character crossing paths with Hulk on Avengers: Infinity War, what will he be expecting for the crossover?
"I'm really interested to see what happens when him and the Hulk are in the same room," he remarked. "I want to see someone get out of line and then see Groot take over. I imagine that Hulk could say something, or Rocket Raccoon could say something wise, like a smart-ass, to the Hulk, and Hulk gets all ruffled and angry, and then all of a sudden, Groot steps up and says 'What's up?'"
Spielberg Casting Huge Shock For Vin
Taking part in the war epic Saving Private Ryan back in 1998, Diesel outlined how Steven Spielberg saw his previous work and created a role that suited his style.
"Probably, the best was when I got the phone call that Steven Spielberg had written a role for me,” Diesel recalled. “That was kind of a bizarre kind of recruitment. I was about six months into this new thought that I wasn’t going to audition anymore. And I refused to have to go wait on cattle calls, and I told my agents, ‘I’m not doing it anymore.’ And I get this call after Sundance, after Strays, after my film was at Sundance in ’97, and it’s my agent, and my agent says, ‘You know, Steven Spielberg just saw Multi-Facial.’ I went, ‘What? He saw my short film.’ And I’m jumping, I was living in North Hollywood, and I remember jumping up on my bed, and I had to be careful because I almost hit myself and knocked myself out."
If the news couldn't get any better, he remembered avoiding a very nervous wait.
“And (my agent) said, ‘No, wait a minute, there’s more. He’s writing a role for you.’ I said, ‘Well, do I have to audition?’ ‘No, he’s writing a role for you because he saw your short film, Multi-Facial.’ That was the most bizarre form of recruitment I’ve ever experienced.”