James Gunn Calls Baby Groot “A Little Jerk”; More Character Details Revealed

IGN caught up with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn, where he commented on Baby Groot’s role in the film.

First, Gunn talked about the character’s difference from the original Guardians of the Galaxy.

“I think he’s a better written character then the first Groot in some ways,” Gunn said. “He’s just more complete character.”

Then, he briefly discussed how “stupid” Baby Groot is.

“He’s a little jerk. He can kick some a–. He’s also an idiot. He’s a baby. He’s not very smart. So, he’s stupid.”

Now, lastly, Gunn elaborated on why he made the choice to keep Groot a baby.

“When I first started thinking about it, when I was jotting down ideas, I thought Groot was maybe going to be an adult,” said Gunn. “And I thought ‘God, what if I just make Groot a baby for the whole movie. Like he’s a baby.’ And I think that just felt right.”

What are your thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Do you think Baby Groot will be a compelling character? Let us know in the comments below.

Plot synopsis: “Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

GotG Vol. 2 stars Chriss Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Dave Bautista as Drax, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, and Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet.

Aric Sweeny
Aric Sweeny
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