‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Video of Vin Diesel on stilts fuels Groot buzz

Oct. 17, 2013 | 3:55 p.m.
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Michael Rooker and Zoe Saldana onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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Dave Bautista walks onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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Director James Gunn, left, and actors Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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Members of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast and crew onstage during Marvel Studios' presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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Chris Pratt onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

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Dave Bautista onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

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Djimon Hounsou onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

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Benicio del Toro onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

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Lee Pace onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

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Michael Rooker onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

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Kevin Feige, left, and James Gunn onstage during Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" presentation at Comic-Con International 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

Vin Diesel walks around on stilts and talks about “Guardians of the Galaxy” in a new video released on his Facebook page.

In the video, filmed on the set of “Fast & Furious 7,” the actor pontificates on Groot — the sentient tree he says he will be playing in the upcoming Marvel film. The actor posted a picture of the character on his Facebook page and openly discussed the role with Hero Complex back in August, but Marvel has not confirmed Diesel’s casting, leading some to question whether Vin Diesel is pranking his fans.

Adding to the mystery is a tweet from “Guardians” director James Gunn, indicating that shooting had wrapped for the film.

So why is Diesel still strutting around on stilts?

“My father taught me there are no small roles, only small actors,” he says in the video, talking to Djimon Hounsou, who acts in both “Fast 7″ and “Guardians.” “I have one line in the movie, but that doesn’t mean anything. I’m still going to make it the best thing I possibly can, even if that means taking Andy Serkis to a whole ‘nother level, which is what we’re gonna do with our motion capture.”

If Vin Diesel indeed plays Groot — whose catchphrase is “I am Groot” — he will be among a cast that includes Chris Pratt as roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon; Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer; Glenn Close as Nova-Prime; Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser; Michael Rooker as Yondu; Karen Gillan as Nebula; Djimon Hounsou as Korath; Benicio del Toro as the Collector; and John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is slated for an Aug. 1, 2014, release in the U.S.

What do you think about Vin Diesel’s antics?

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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