Actor with no personality plays tree
Remember when I wrote about Vin Diesel maybe making something happen at Marvel, and I was like, Ugh, please just let him be the space tree that barely speaks?
Well guess what? He’s the tree.
Diesel, after weeks of buildup via Facebook and some pretty blatant campaigning, is in talks to portray Groot, the sort-of talking space tree in Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a CG-animated character with one line—in the grand tradition of Grawp and Hodor, Groot just says his name over and over—so it’s pushing the bounds of Diesel’s abilities, but he should be able to handle it without too much strain.
After Comic-Con I raved about the Guardians footage they screened and now it’s leaked thanks to Disney’s D23 Expo over the weekend so you can see it in its comical, out of focus glory. You know what I love about this footage? Three things. 1) The practical makeup. Groot and Rocket Raccoon are CG, but everything else is done with makeup and prosthetics. It seems almost quaint, right? It’s got a Galaxy Quest vibe I’m digging. 2) The song selection. It’s PERFECT. That song against the action and the Usual Suspects line-up pretty much says everything you need to know about the tone of this movie. 3) “What a bunch of A-holes.”
And speaking of leaked footage, a sliver of Captain America: The Winter Soldier also found its way onto the internets. It’s just a few seconds and it ends right before Steve Rogers wails on some dudes, but that line shows promise for the modern-day Captain America movie. He will always be a boy scout, but there’s something in his tone there, a little weight maybe, that’s a reminder that he did fight in World War II. It echoes that “Son, just don’t” line from The Avengers. Cap may be a boy scout but he’s fully capable of kicking your ass, kid.
Overall, promising early (blurry) footage from Marvel’s 2014 lineup. Promising enough that I can look past ole Penis Head.
Attached – Chris Pratt (Guardians) at Comic-Con and Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan at Disney’s D23 for The Winter Soldier.
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