Rumours abound that Vin Diesel will be voicing Groot in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Having talked in the past about discussing something top secret with Marvel and then changing his profile picture to an Ent-like wood man on Facebook, Diesel certainly seems to be dropping some serious hints. Names confirmed for the project, due out next summer, include Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro and Glenn Close.
Groot is an alien plant monster with the ability to regenerate. In Marvel’s comics, he’s fought Hulk and Thanos and he’s typically taciturn, his vocabulary consisting only of the words ‘I am Groot.’ Should Diesel be cast in the role, he won’t be the only person to have played a character with a severely limited vocabulary. Here’s a selection of some well-known faces who felt that silence is golden.
Iron Giant (The Iron Giant)
Vin Diesel already has experience in playing a character that expressed itself more through grunts and gestures than actual words. He voiced the title character in Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant. The film tells the story of an intelligent alien robot who befriends a little boy, but has to deal with a hostile and suspicious military, which views the robot as a threat merely because it’s big and alien.
Being from another planet, the robot speaks little English to begin with, but Hogarth (Eli Marienthal), the little boy who first discovers him, soon teaches him a limited vocabulary. The language barrier doesn’t seem to get in the way of the two becoming friends, however, and the robot’s love for the boy is what prevents a major disaster in the end.