Actor Vin Diesel is known to be a fearless promoter in service of his franchises like Fast & Furious and Riddick, and he’s bringing that independent spirit onto the filming of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Diesel, who’s currently filming Fast & Furious 7, showed off some behind-the-scenes footage on his Facebook page of him trying out stilts that he’ll reportedly use to play Groot in motion capture sequences (or so he says in the video). For the entirety of the 3+ minute video Diesel walks around the Fast 7 set talking with the production’s staff, visiting reporters, and even his co-stars such as Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell.
“I’m playing Groot, a 7 and a half foot tall tree,” Diesel tells a group of un-named onlookers visiting the Fast 7 set while wearing these stilts. “Do I look like a tree?”
In addition to the visual hijinx of seeing the actor walking around on stilts, Diesel also reveals that in his role as Groot he only has one line in the Guardians of the Galaxy film. Although that might seem surprising to casual fans, it is in line with the character’s roots (pun intended) in comics. In the comics, Groot’s only dialogue is “I am Groot!” spoken in different intonations to denote mood or emphasis.
“My father taught me there are no small roles, only small actors,” Diesel said in the video. “I have one line in the movie, but that doesn’t mean anything. I’m still going to make it the best thing possible I can. Even if it means taking Andy Serkis to a whole other level, which is what we want to do with our motion capture.”
In one of the final moments of the video, Diesel even meets up with actor Djimon Hounsou, who like Diesel is in both Fast 7and Guardians of the Galaxy; in the latter, Hounsou plays Korath the Pursuer.
Although on-set filming itself for Guardians of the Galaxy finished earlier this week, Diesel will be reportedly recording his parts of the film in motion capture booths and in voice recording studios.