We all know Vin Diesel is famous for his silky moves...

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Is there anything to substantiate the claim that Vin Diesel was himself the model for the Motion Capture of Groot's already infamous pre-credit jive in Guardians of the Galaxy?

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    What is the purpose of the picture?
    – bobbyalex
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 6:51
  • @BobbyAlexander, that's Vin Diesel. I included a link to the video, but some people are unable to watch Videos (at work!). Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 10:18
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    I know that it is Vin Diesel. Did you post the video/picture to prove that Diesel can dance?
    – bobbyalex
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 10:28
  • Yes. It was either this or 'Drunk in Love' ;) Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 10:36
  • I know the guy who animated that bit - I'll find out for you.
    – Nobby
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 13:11

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I messaged Jesse Hildreth, the ILM animator who was responsible for that sublime little dancing Groot at the end and he told me that Vin Diesel definitely did not perform mo-cap for that shot, and in fact it was James Gunn who performed it for the reference footage!

Jesse was also responsible for most of Star-Lord's helmet shots, some close-ups on Rocket's hands and a couple of Milano shots - all cool stuff!

UPDATE: Jesse just sent me a link with the following quote:

"I'm not motion-captured, but I'm motion-referenced and that is 100% me dancing..." James Gunn

Read more at http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/MarvelFreshman/news/?a=105173#1ZQTzc6HS9QULsvb.99

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    Whoa, it finally pays to have actual industry insiders among the users.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 14:13
  • And now I'm thirsty for a couple of Milano shots... Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 4:39

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