When the first footage dropped from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” fans were excited for one character above all others: Baby Groot. It’s no surprise that the cute little dancing version of the sentient alien tree resonated with everyone, especially given how popular the fully grown version of the character is.
For those who (somehow) haven’t seen the 2014 original, Groot sacrifices himself to save everyone, only to re-grow as a miniature version of himself from a twig recovered by Rocket Raccoon. Seeing as how the sequel begins shortly after the end of the first film, we’re going to see a lot of Baby Groot. Speaking to Collider, Vin Diesel, who voices Groot, addressed the differences between the two versions of the character:
“Yeah, there is a difference. He couldn’t be more naive as Baby Groot. I always think of the Groot that we saw on the first Guardians as a college-level Groot, so he’s not fully grown yet, but he’s a man. And once he sacrifices himself at the end of the movie, now he has to start all over, so to speak, but we’re gonna see this goofy, adorable, baby Groot thing running around the screen and just learning as he goes.”
While it’s been revealed that Groot still has all of his memories intact, it looks as if the version we’ll see in the sequel will live life less on the serious side.
Diesel also revealed recently that he’s performing his Groot lines in 16 languages, something he’s extremely proud to be doing, and also something that tells him people are really loving the franchise.
“I think people are gonna love this movie. I think people are gonna love Guardians. I know that, on the first one, I, like, recorded six different languages, and now James Gunn wants to increase the number of languages we do this in. So, every ADR-ed line, every moment in the movie I have to do like 15, 16 times in different languages — which are cool because, you know, it means that my voice is being heard in countries where that’s not always the case, even with big movies that you do, like xXx or Fast [& Furious]. It’s usually voice actors in respective markets that say your lines and that’s not necessarily what the character is always. So, I love that, but it definitely makes it that much more challenging.”
Written and directed by James Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” also stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell. The film opens May 5, 2017.
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