James Gunn Leads World’s Largest Grooting Session at Dragon Con
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” director is looking to break world records (if there is one for such a thing).
Myself and Geek Smash writer Jeff Kaminski had the pleasure of attending Dragon Con 2014 in Atlanta this past weekend (as we do most years, but this was our first year attending in a professional capacity). We will be providing more Dragon Con 2014 coverage in the coming days, but I wanted to take a brief moment to highlight this fun story.
One of the biggest guests at Dragon Con this year was James Gunn, the director of the highest-grossing film of 2014 “Guardians of the Galaxy,” who was a huge hit at the con. His GotG panels with brother Sean Gunn–who not only appeared as Yondu’s right hand man Kraglin in the film, but also provided the physical on-set performances for both Rocket Raccoon and Thanos–were equally engaging and hilarious, and the lines for James Gunn’s autograph sessions were unbelievably long (lines that I never even got to stand in, because they were always capped several hours before he was due to actually appear, due to James’ generous offer of signing autographs for free). One of the coolest things James and brother Sean took part in while in Atlanta was an attempt to set the record for the world’s largest Grooting Session, which you can watch the video of above.
If you haven’t seen the film (shame on you!), the moment in question comes at the very end of the movie, where (Spoilers!) baby Groot (Vin Diesel)–who, after sacrificing himself to save his friends, is placed into a planter’s pot so that he can grow to be the large walking tree he once was–dances in the foreground while Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) sharpens his knife in the background. Whenever Drax turns around, Groot freezes in place, only to resume dancing again when Drax looks away.
I’m not sure if the Guinness Book of World Records people were planning on adding the world record for Grooting as a new category, but after watching this video I think they totally should. What say you?
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is in theaters now, so if you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and treat yo self. Be sure to check back here regularly for more Dragon Con 2014 coverage.-By Jeff Grantz