Vin Diesel Was Going To Launch Marvel’s Phase 3, But His Schedule Wouldn’t Let Him
Vin Diesel has been a giant tease the past few months, taking to his Facebook page to hint at a Marvel movie role. The teasing hit an all time high at Comic-Con this year and it came to light just a few weeks later that the Fast and Furious star would more than likely be lending his unique voice to Guardian of the Galaxy‘s Groot. The actor basically stated that everything was done but putting his John Hancock on a contract. Today he talks a little more about the gigantic wooden hero and how his schedule kept him from taking on a larger Marvel role.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter during a Riddick press event, Vin Diesel was asked about his potential voice role. He couldn’t reveal too much, but he did say that Marvel really came up with something outside of the box for him. He contributed the voice role in part to his work on the much beloved Iron Giant, where he voiced the titular character. You can see the quote below. Diesel said he would not only be doing the voice acting for Groot, but probably some motion capture as well. That is if his reps allow it to happen. The actor said his reps signing off would be the final stage of the deal.
Interestingly enough, Diesel also revealed that his busy schedule kept him from taking part in a larger role for a different, original Marvel film that would have came out in 2016 or 2017. That unrevealed film could have also kicked off Phase Three. Diesel had teased before Comic-Con that he and Marvel were talking about a possible love story angle on a superhero film, so they obviously had some serious talks about what character he would play. We may never know what the original plan was, but there was a lot of money on it involving Vision or Thanos. According to the Riddick star, fans didn’t want to wait that long to see him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so he had to do something different:
What can I say about Groot? I can say something about Marvel. I take my hat off to them for being so creative and thinking outside of the box. With my schedule, it was almost impossible to imagine I could do anything immediate. I guess after they watched Iron Giant, or whatever, they came up with this idea of taking the strangest Marvel character — or the strangest Marvel character that’s ever hit film — and thought what I could do with that with motion capture and with my voice.
Hopefully after Diesel officially signs on for Groot, and the film gets close to its release, we’ll hear what the original plans between he and Marvel were. Vin Diesel is an interesting choice for the role and he shouldn’t have any problems remembering his lines. Iron Giant is pretty similar to what it seem James Gunn will be doing with Groot, and motion capture isn’t new to Diesel either. If the deal does indeed go through, and it will, it will be a prefect fit. What do you think?
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Source : The Hollywood Reporter