It only took one word (and the sweet soul expressing that word) for the masses to embrace Groot. (As us masses should. Groot rules, dude!) The promise of Baby Groot is a big chunk of the tease of what’s to come from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the film’s maestro James Gunn has laid out a bit of information about the tweaks intertwined with the travel-sized version of the character.
Chatting with ComicBook.com, Gunn shared that our awareness of Groot and subsequent embrace has allowed for a “more complete character” this go-around. (In some ways, at least.)
“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,” explained the Troma-certified filmmaker. “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.”
After the interview, Gunn made a point to emphasize on Twitter that the current take on Groot doesn’t mean the previous one was inferior in any respect.
During the interview, Gunn shared that originally Groot wasn’t always immediately on his mind while shooting the first 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,” said Gunn. “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.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with its sweet sweet Baby Groot action will arrive in theaters on May 5.