Jumanji's Jack Black Has A Funny Take On Vin Diesel Playing Groot In The MCU

Jack Black in Jumanji: The Next Level

At this point, just about everybody who is anybody in Hollywood has a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to keep them busy between whatever other projects they want to do. The MCU has grown so large it seems to encompass everything. If you're not currently in the MCU, like say, Jack Black, it seems like it's only a matter of time until that changes, right?

Jack Black's Jumanji: The Next Level co-stars include one well entrenched member of the MCU, in Karen Gillan, and another who is on her way there in Awkwafina. Recently, Black was asked about joining the franchise, he had a couple ideas of roles he could play, but the one he seemed most interested in he doesn't think will be available anytime soon, Groot.

In an interview with ScreenRant about Jumanji: The Next Level, Awkwafina joked that Jack Black should play Groot, and Black suggested there's no way he'll be picking it up from Vin Diesel, because there's no way that Diesel would ever let such an easy job go.. According to Black...

Yeah, and I think that Fast and the Furious guy is not going to be letting go of that sweet gig anytime soon. That is some easy money he's making over there as Groot. All he has to do is say "Groot!" He's got one line! Dude, that whole job is probably 20 minutes of time in the recording studio. Sweet gig, dude. Great work

To be fair, Jack Black's not exactly wrong. While it probably takes more than 20 minutes for Vin Diesel to record his voice over work for the Marvel films, it clearly has to be the easiest job in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a regular character. He really is just saying "I am Groot" over and over again. Sure, there's various inflections and emotions embedded in the lines, he's not just saying each line flat over and over again. If that was the case they'd just be reusing dialogue from years ago. But Bradley Cooper at least has more lines he has to say playing Rocket, so it almost certainly requires more time on his part.

You have to wonder what Vin Diesel's MCU paycheck looks like. On the one hand, it's Marvel, and he's Vin Diesel, so it can't just be peanuts. DIesel is a self proclaimed nerd who probably digs being part of the MCU as much, if not more, than most of the actors in the job, but that doesn't mean you get a discount. Does Vin Diesel get paid as much as Bradley Cooper or other people who voice CGI characters in Marvel films?

Or do we have this whole thing wrong? Is saying "I am Groot" 100 times actually as much work as any other voice work. Maybe we just don't get it. Either way, Vin Diesel likely has at least one more "sweet gig" in his future whenever Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 gets around to happening.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.