Guardians of the Galaxy: Vin Diesel's Groot is a tree of few words, but in many languages

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Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters this weekend, poised to set the summer box office on fire. Boasting the likes of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel — yes, the two biggest names on the project have zero face time — Marvel's latest has enough star appeal to succeed on that alone. It just so happens to also be an awesome, straightforward flick that will have you begging for more.

Naturally, the cast are doing the press tour in anticipation for the release of GotG. Diesel stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss his exhausting role as Groot, one that included three whole words.

Yep, count 'em, three: "I am Groot."

Granted, how much would you expect a walking, talking, ass-stomping tree to contribute to the discourse. Mind you, these three words have a different meaning each time, as interpreted by Cooper's character, Rocket, a biomechanically altered raccoon.

So, it's "I am Groot," over and over. Not exactly a daunting task. Unless you take into account that Vin Diesel had to learn to say it in Mandarin. Yeah, really. As he demonstrates for Fallon, he had to learn his lines in several different languages for the international releases of Guardians of the Galaxy. Check it out in the clip (Mandarin is my favorite).

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