12:58pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Vin Diesel Stays Confusingly Cryptic on Marvel's 'Interesting' Plans
Despite overwhelming rumors to the contrary, there's still no official confirmation that Vin Diesel will voice talking tree warrior "Groot" in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but the Fast and Furious and Riddick actor already is giving interviews about the role -- without actually coming out and saying that he actually has the role.
"The audience wanted Vin and Marvel, Vin and Marvel. But I’m too busy to do a six-month role. So what Marvel came up with was really interesting," Diesel told the LA Times. "The audience wants Marvel and I to do something, and I don’t know why it’s so important. For six months, I wasn’t able to answer this growing request."
Now, however, he's answering the request -- but not answering who he'll be playing and in what movie. "As an actor, not everything has to be the most obvious choice. And sometimes, the best thing you can do -- as far as Steven Spielberg and his advice -- is to defy expectations," he said. "So if everybody thinks you’re going to go for this one thing, and you flip it entirely and go for the strangest Marvel character, it’s interesting. And when something is interesting, it’s inspiring."
He did talk about why he posted a picture of Groot on Facebook over the weekend -- "If somebody sends me a book of conceptual art that’s the best character design work I’ve ever seen -- I’m not kidding, I see that and I want to be a little cryptic." Marvel Studios' reaction to his social media teasing? "The last thing they are is mad," he said.
So -- he is Groot, then? If so, then I really can't wait to find out who's going to be voicing Rocket Raccoon. Gilbert Gottfried is still available, right?