EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Chris Pratt Talks Vin Diesel as Groot in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Sunday, 03 November 2013 00:05
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Scheduled to open in theaters on August 1st, 2014 is Guardians of the Galaxy, which is based on the popular Marvel Comics series. The film is directed by James Gunn (Super), and stars Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, David Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fists) as Drax the Destroyer, Benicio Del Toro (Savages) as The Collector, Karen Gillan (TV's Doctor Who) as Nebula, Michael Rooker (TV's The Walking Dead) as Yondu, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) as Roman the Accuser, John C. Reilly (Wreck-It Ralph) as Rhomann Dey, Djimon Hounsou (Constantine) as Korath the Pursuer, and Glenn Close (TV's Damages) as Nova Prime, as well as the voices of Bradley Cooper (The Words) as Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel (Riddick) as Groot. 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Chris Pratt to talk about his new comedy Delivery Man, which opens in theaters on November 22nd. While we will run that portion of the interview closer to the film's release, we wanted to share with you know know what he had to say about Guardians of the Galaxy. The popular actor discussed his upcoming Marvel movie, Vin Diesel's role as Groot, why he thinks Diesel was the right choice to play the unusual character, and The Fast and the Furious actor's incredible voice. 

To watch our exclusive interview with Chris Pratt about Vin Diesel's role as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, please click on the video player above. 

If you don't have time to watch the video, you can read what he had to say below:

IAR: I've heard you recently talk about how good Bradley Cooper is going to be as the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, but I want to know how awesome Vin Diesel is going to be as the voice of Groot?

Chris Pratt: Dude, I think Vin Diesel is going to be great. The role of Groot is also an amazing role. I want to tell you about it but I feel like if I tell you even one little thing it's going to start pulling the thread that is going to expose too much. But I think Vin is going to be amazing. Vin Diesel's voice is an incredible tool that he has. I've watched a couple of his movies now that I knew that he was going to be cast as Groot. Just like listening to his voice ... when you think of Vin Diesel you think of the look. You think of that Diesel look. (You think of) Dom (The Fast and the Furious), xXx, the buff, and all that stuff. But truly his greatest talent is his voice I think. I would not be surprised if this doesn't open up a whole new world to him doing voice acting. He's really got a special tool in that voice. It's deep, raspy and so distinct. I think he's going to do a great job voicing this role. 


A jet pilot (Pratt) gets stranded in space, and must unite a diverse team of aliens to form a squad capable of defeating cosmic threats.

Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled to open in theaters on August 1st, 2014.

To watch our video of the Guardians of Galaxy press conference from San Diego Comic Con 2013, please click here

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