When I first showed my son the trailer for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, he immediately pointed out that his favorite character was the “Tree Man”, or known to the rest of the world as Groot. At first I thought this was odd at first since my son had seen the cartoon, and was more of a fan of Star Lord. In fact he has never mentioned anything about Groot before. I guess there was just something about Marvel’s latest rendition of this tree that my son loved.
Now fast forward to last week when I ventured out to sunny California for Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY press junket. I was super excited to see that we would be interviewing Vin Diesel, who voices Groot.
Let me just say that this man has a presence for sure! When he walked into the conference room, I guess he could definitely feel our energy. He had the biggest grin on his face as we cheered when he entered the room. He actually stopped and said “Wow look at this wonderful reception! You didn’t have to make me feel that good. I need to walk in again. You are incredible!” Vin did comment about how he’s excited for this tour since he gets to have fun and be goofy! He doesn’t have to worry about playing the tough action guy role. He can just be his silly fun loving self.
So naturally the interview was off to a great start! Vin was all about having a good time and an enjoyable conversation with us bloggers. Many of us wore GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY themed shirts to this press junket. It wasn’t long before Vin noticed a fellow blogger wearing a Groot shirt. His face just lit up! I think from his reception into the room he could tell many of us were fans of the movie. Soon it was the interviewee who turned into the interviewer when he asked the room what we loved about Groot. I know I replied with “He’s adorable!” while I heard others mention how sweet and kind he is, as well as how loyal and how he is a good friend to others.