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James Gunn Reveals Secret to Vin Diesel’s Performance as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy


It’s pretty amazing, when you think about it. Groot managed to find his way into all our hearts in Guardians of the Galaxy, becoming a favorite character for many of us, despite the fact that he only said three words the entire time. Much of that can be attributed to Vin Diesel’s nuanced voice performance. But what helped Diesel deliver that lovely performance? Director James Gunn explains.

A fan recently asked Gunn the following on Twitter:

To which Gunn responded:

And thus, a party game was born as people re-watch their copies of the film with friends and try to fill in the blanks with what they think Groot was actually trying to say. (Wait, has this not been a game already?)

(via Gamma Squad)

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