Baby Groot is undoubtably the break out star of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, thank in no small part to his new, little stature. Although Groot had a few great comedic moments (and one heartbreaking sacrifice) in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, Director James Gunn believes that Groot has more personality in Marvel’s next upcoming film.
“A lot of times on the first movie we were like ‘are we even putting Groot in this movie?’ Because Sean [Gunn] plays Rocket on set, and he’s so present as Rocket that you’re very aware of Rocket as a character,” Gunn explains. “The guy playing Groot was a stand-in on the last movie and so we just kind of always forgot he was there. He doesn’t talk very much, so you’re doing all these scenes and when we have the scenes in the movie where they turn to Groot and Groot’s like, ‘Why are you forgetting me?’ That’s really what we felt like while we were shooting the first film.”
With Sean Gunn portraying Rocket, I’m sure the stand-in for Groot had a little bit of trouble gaining any attention. Even though Groot was still a great character in the first Guardians, it is clear that he will have even more to do and more of a personality to play with as a baby. Gunn continues:
“I think also, the whole personality of Groot and who he was, it was there on the page and then you forget about it while you were shooting the first movie,” Gunn continues. “But now everyone knows Groot so well that we have much larger awareness, me and the cast, of a baby Groot being there at all times. And him being one of the members in the scene…I think he’s a better-written character than the first Groot in some ways. Not that he was poorly written at all, but I think he’s just more complete character.”
Ever since the first trailer, I’ve loved what the filmmakers have decided to do with Groot. The naivety of a baby is present, but so is the heart and emotion. Just from the small parts of the film we have seen, I think it shows that the cast is always a bit more aware of Groot in each scene, so I think the choice to make Groot so young is going to pay off.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is scheduled for release on May 5, 2017. Come back to Heroic Hollywood for any more news on the next big Marvel hit.