“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has a great cast, but there’s one clear star: Baby Groot. Voiced by Vin Diesel, the tiny version of the bounty-hunting plant creature and partner of Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is super cute, and Groot has most of the best comedy moments in the movie. Baby Groot resulted from Groot’s heroic sacrifice toward the end of the first “Guardians of the Galaxy.” During that movie, the tree creature used his ability to grow branches to encircle the other Guardians and protect them as the ship they were aboard crashed.
When Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer-director James Gunn came into Yahoo Studios in March for a Facebook Live interview, he dropped all sorts of fun nuggets about the franchise. “Are you kidding me?” Zoe Saldana (Gamora) asked at the film’s Los Angeles press day. Karen Gillan (Nebula) was equally as flummoxed.
You knew from the closing moments of 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy that director James Gunn had struck CGI gold with the introduction of Baby Groot.
'Guardians' writer-director James Gunn tells EW baritone Vin Diesel ("a real actor") had no trouble handling the higher pitch of fan fave character
In a series of tweets, creative force behind the franchise indicated the entire concept for Baby Groot had come from him, and that it was largely a means of keeping the character fresh, not to sell toys
While promoting 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' at the N.Y. Film Festival, actor gave some hints about new approach to vocalizing his now tinier tree character