Vin Diesel: Voicing Groot is 'very challenging'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 April 2017
Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel finds voicing Groot in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' "very challenging" as the limited vocabulary makes it hard to get emotion across

Vin Diesel finds voicing Groot in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' "very challenging".

The 49-year-old actor's character in the Marvel Comics movie franchise is a tree-like humanoid named Groot who can only say "I am Groot", but the star still struggles with the voice acting for the role as the limited vocabulary makes it harder to properly convey emotion.

He said: "It's very, very challenging because you're limited to three words. There's a secret script that I get where it has all of Groot's lines, but the catch of it all is the only was I can say it is: 'I am Groot.'"

And the star is set for an even bigger challenge in the upcoming second instalment of the franchise, as Groot - who was seen sacrificing himself at the end of the 2014 movie and re-growing into a miniature version of himself known as Baby Groot - will need a much higher voice to encapsulate his small size.

Vin told Total Film magazine: "I have a feeling they'll do a combination of things [to alter the sound electronically]. I mean, I do it super high-pitched."

Meanwhile, the movie's director James Gunn previously revealed he has "a lot more freedom" to develop the characters in the sequel.

He said: "On the second movie, I had a lot more freedom.

"Because the first movie did well and it was great not having to explain the five major characters to the audience in the first half hour, we just go straight into the story ... This [the sequel] has to be its own thing and you can't start making this a s****y Xerox of the first one."

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' - which is due to hit screens on April 28 in the UK and on May 5 in North America - also stars Chris Pratt as Star Lord Peter Quill, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and Karen Gillan as Nebula, whilst newcomers Kurt Russell - who plays Quill's father Ego - and Sylvester Stallone also join the cast.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 137 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Written by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Kurt Russell
  • UK release: 28 April 2017

The gang are back, with a rollicking plot involving stolen batteries and Ego (Russell) who may or may not be the long-lost dad of Peter Quill (Pratt). It’s very CGI-heavy, sometimes tiringly so, but the humour still charms and the finale picks it up after a sluggish second act.

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