Vin Diesel

Nov. 13, 2014 | 7:59 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ exclusive clip: James Gunn talks Groot

Groot in a screen shot from "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)
Of all the characters in Marvel’s groovy space romp “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an unexpected fan favorite might be Groot, a tree-like creature who somehow manages to be both adorable and deadly. With a five-word vocabulary and lethal fighting skills, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) protects his partner Rocket (Bradley Cooper’s snarky gun-toting raccoon) and the rest of the Milano’s oddball crew while his own motivations remain mysterious. Hero Complex readers get a closer look at Groot’s character design in an exclusive clip from the bonus features on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” home video release, out Dec. 9. “Once we got the function right, then we started to refine the look of Groot and give him that ability to be both very innocent and very fearsome,” director James Gunn says in the clip. “And Vin came in … and his […]
Aug. 15, 2014 | 1:36 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Watch adorable, groovy Groot clip [video]

“Guardians of the Galaxy” opened in theaters Aug. 1 to become Marvel’s latest success — the quirky cosmic adventure is closing in on more than $200 million in domestic box office, and a sequel is already on the calendars for July 28, 2017. While audiences responded to the film’s wild menagerie of creatures and interstellar locales, many shared a favorite moment. The scene in question takes place at the end of the movie and involves Groot, the sentient tree voiced by Vin Diesel, one of the five members of the “Guardians” team that also includes Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana’s green assassin, Gamora; Dave Bautista’s vengeful Drax the Destroyer; and Groot’s pal Rocket, a machine-gun-wielding raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. Check it out below — unless, of course, you haven’t yet seen “Guardians,” in which case you […]
Aug. 04, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Vin Diesel branches out as Groot

"Guardians Of The Galaxy" - UK Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals
Vin Diesel is behind the wheel on the Burbank lot of Walt Disney Studios. But instead of one of the Mopar classics or souped-up Mazdas that helped shape his gruff and intimidating persona in the wildly popular “Fast and Furious” movies, the actor is in a very different kind of vehicle. He is piloting a golf cart. “The pressure is on!” Diesel jokes, as he maneuvers the cart along a paved path at just a few miles per hour. An ill-timed crash would surely ruin his hard-charging reputation. Diesel’s latest movie, the cosmic adventure “Guardians of the Galaxy,” is yet another kind of vehicle for the actor, one with similar risks for his reputation. Though he’s noted for his tough-guy exterior, the actor’s brawny physique is never glimpsed on screen. Only his voice can be heard in his role as […]
May 17, 2014 | 8:09 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ teaser showcases colorful cosmic scenes

Marvel fans excited for “Guardians of the Galaxy” got a sneak preview Friday with a short teaser featuring new footage from the colorful cosmic adventure. The second full trailer for the Aug. 1 release will debut 10 a.m. PDT Monday during a live Facebook Q&A with cast members Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Karen Gillan, as well as writer-director James Gunn. Check out the teaser below. The Guardians first appeared in “Marvel Super-Heroes” No. 18 in 1969, and in the early 1990s, the team headlined its own comic series that ran for 62 issues. But for the new movie, Gunn took a fresh approach to the characters and the mythology, fashioning a story that, like the other Marvel films, stands on its own but also connects to the studio’s other franchises, including “The Avengers.” Pratt plays the roguish antihero Peter […]
April 16, 2014 | 9:33 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana tout Marvel adventure

Marvel debuted a new “Guardians of the Galaxy” featurette during Tuesday’s episode of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The behind-the-scenes clip showcased prominent members of the movie’s ensemble cast discussing their roles in the cosmic adventure that’s set to arrive in theaters Aug. 1. “It’s a not a typical superhero movie,” star Zoe Saldana explains at one point. Directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name, “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt as the roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord. Once the interstellar scofflaw steals a mysterious orb, Quill finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a squad of alien misfits to battle the galactic threat — a group that includes a gun-toting creature named Rocket […]
April 07, 2014 | 9:14 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ video: Meet Chris Pratt’s snarky Star-Lord

Marvel is riding high on the record-breaking success of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which rocketed to a $96.2-million opening in North America this past weekend and became the biggest April opening in movie history. But the Cap sequel isn’t the only release on Marvel’s 2014 docket. On Aug. 1, the comic book movie powerhouse will introduce audiences to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a cosmic action adventure directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as the roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat. It’s a quirky concept (one […]
Feb. 20, 2014 | 2:11 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ videos: Meet Groot, Rocket and the team

Marvel is spotlighting each of the oddball heroes from “Guardians of the Galaxy” in a newly released series of short videos promoting the upcoming space adventure movie. The film, due in theaters Aug. 1, is directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as the roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat. It’s a quirky concept (one of the characters is a furry creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper), and the film’s first trailer, released Tuesday, suggests the movie boasts its fair share of snark and humor in […]
Feb. 19, 2014 | 5:58 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer: Marvel unveils cosmic action comedy

A scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)
The first official trailer for Marvel’s upcoming space adventure, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” debuted Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and the clip delivers some spirited alien action, with exploding spaceships and muscled bad guys, not to mention a few purely comedic moments. The film, due in theaters Aug. 1, is directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as the roguish anti-hero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat. It’s a quirky concept (one of the characters is a furry creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper), and early footage […]
Jan. 03, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Divergent,’ ‘Captain America,’ ‘Spider-Man 2′: Must-see movies of 2014

Click through the gallery for a glimpse of some films to look forward to in 2014.
2013 might have been a superb year for fans of genre entertainment, but 2014 doesn’t look too shabby when it comes to interesting fare arriving at the multiplex. Filmmakers are tackling original, high concept sci-fi tales in major studio releases, and a myriad of fan-favorite characters — including Kermit the Frog and Katniss Everdeen — are returning to the screen for new adventures. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most anticipated new films of the year. Let us know which movies you’re most excited to see in the comments section below. RoboCop: Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 satire about a police man remade as law enforcement machine gets a sleek update from Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha with actor Joel Kinnaman starring as Alex Murphy, a futuristic Detroit cop who finds himself encased in metal after being critically injured […]
Dec. 31, 2013 | 3:00 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Marvel debuts photo from cosmic adventure

"Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” are all lined up in the first official image to be released from Marvel’s 2014 cosmic adventure. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” directed by James Gunn and based on the Marvel comic series of the same name, follows roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and his squad of aliens tasked with teaming up to battle intergalactic threats. Included in the group is the furry, fan-favorite character Rocket Raccoon, to be voiced by Bradley Cooper. Both Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon are featured in the new photo, along with Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and the sentient tree Groot, a CG character that Marvel has confirmed will be voiced by Vin Diesel, who openly discussed the role with Hero Complex back in August. In the film, Glenn Close (“Fatal Attraction,” “Mars […]
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