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Vin Diesel Shares How Groot Helped Him Through Paul Walker's Death

In an interview with Variety, "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Vin Diesel revealed that playing Groot helped him mourn his "Furious 7" co-star and friend Paul Walker, who passed away in 2013.

Vin Diesel recorded the role during a four month hiatus from "Furious 7," just after Walker's death. "Vin was in a very sensitive place," director James Gunn said. "It was not long after Paul passed away. I think the simplicity of Groot, the innocence of Groot and the creativity of Groot was a big relief for Vin."

"That was healing for me," Diesel said, "To play a character that could reincarnate, rejuvenate and represent life as trees do."

"It took a lot of time and meditation," he added. "[Groot] needed to have this guttural voice, without always being so menacing. I just played with it and played with it, and I was inspired by my 3-year-old son at the time, who I was playing the role for. I always imagined the character would have to connect to a child."

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