Motion-capture artist/performer Terry Notary is slowly becoming Hollywood’s go-to-guy for all things motion-capture (he is, after all, the heir apparent to Andy Serkis in the field), continually scoring the most prestigious of gigs in Hollywood. In addition to playing Rocket in the latest Planet of the Apes trilogy and Kong in Kong: Skull Island, Notary is slated to play not one, but two characters in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.
Yes, I am playing teenage Groot. I’m having a blast with it. It’s really, really fun. I can’t say too much about him, but he’s coming of age, so you’ll see the teenager find a mentor to look up to and to model himself after. The character’s great, and the films are going to be great. We’ve got such an amazing cast and a great pair of directors at the helm. The Russos allow the actors to jam on scenes together to the point where it just feels great and everybody gets their moments.
It was reported months back that Notary would be playing one of Thanos’ henchmen aka the Black Order aka the Children of Thanos. We speculated that it would be the brute Black Dwarf (renamed Cull Obsidian in the film) given Notary’s experience in brutish characters. This news of him playing Teenage Groot is surprising albeit makes total sense. Notary’s experience playing an array of mo-cap characters has clearly earned him the cred necessary to play a character like Teenage Groot. We all last saw Teenage Groot in the post-credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, almost as charmingly rude and brutish as his adult self so Notary fits the bill. With a Groot tandem like Terry Notary and Vin Diesel, we’re sure Teenage Groot will be one hell of a character to look forward to.
Notary playing Teenage Groot and potentially Cull Obsidian in Avengers: Infinity War brings up interesting notion about the fates of these characters in Avengers 4, given how Notary was spotted on the set of the fourth Avengers film a few days ago.
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