Groot, but make it fashion

By Devan Coggan
April 23, 2019 at 06:26 PM EDT

Vin Diesel is continuing his trend of bringing greenery to the red carpet.

The Marvel star — who has voiced Groot in all his onscreen appearances, from tiny to towering — showed up at Monday’s world premiere of Avengers: Endgame in a Groot-inspired jacket.

“This is the way I see it: As a lover of Comic-Con, I know how these cosplayers really engage and how they really commit,” Diesel explained during Marvel’s livestream of the premiere. “And for something like Groot, I always like to participate.”

So for Endgame, he added, he went with a “cool jacket that kind of speaks to the Groot-esque qualities of all of us.” (We’re not exactly sure what those “Groot-esque qualities” are — monosyllabic? covered in bark and moss? — but sure!)

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Even better, this is not the first time Diesel has paid tribute to his botanical character through fashion. At last year’s Avengers: Infinity War world premiere, he walked the purple carpet in a white jacket decked out with tiny twigs. Twigs growing out of his jacket, the way that Baby Groot grew into surly Teenage Groot! Pure poetry!

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And at the 2014 London premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy, he went method in an “I Am Groot” T-shirt and stilts. The man selflessly risked falling on his face in front of hundreds of cameras just to better embody the spirit of the giant tree he voices in a superhero movie!

He is Groot.

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Notably, Diesel wasn’t the only one at Monday’s premiere to bring a little Marvel into their red carpet look. Both Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson sported Infinity Gauntlet-inspired gold jewelry on their wrists and fingers, complete with variously colored Infinity Stones.

Honestly, the trend of film-inspired fashion is one that more celebrities and their stylists should get behind. Send Taylor Swift to the Cats premiere in full cat cosplay! Make Tom Holland walk the carpet at the next Spider-Man premiere dressed in actual spider webs! What’s the point of even having a Detective Pikachu premiere if you’re not going to put Ryan Reynolds in a deerstalker hat and apply some circular red blush to his cheeks?! May we all take a, um, leaf out of Diesel’s book and take more geeky fashion risks.

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