Baby Groot looks like he’s going to be the star of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Adult Groot died in the first film, but he’s growing back step by step. Right now he’s like a little tree child who just happens to go on intergalactic adventures. James Gunn talked about Groot in the upcoming film.
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“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 said. “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.”
Groot a lot of times in the first movie had those types of scenes where he was just kind of there in the background. He definitely became a star after the movie ended. Gunn went on to explain more about how they expanded Groot’s character in the sequel.
“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.”
A lot of focus of the past few trailers have been on Baby Groot. It looks like the film will explore his character more. We’ll see how he’ll interact with the rest of the team. A lot of Baby Groot merchandise is definitely going to be sold.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 releases May 5, 2017