In the hit Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, the repetitious tree-man Groot seems to meet a lethal fate but at the end, we see a reborn and replanted version of Groot in a small flower pot, alive and getting his groove on. Baby Groot is seen dancing adorably to the Jackson 5 song “I Want You Back.” The most amusing part is that he tries so hard to keep Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) from seeing him get his wooden swerve on.
Some fans have wondered why baby Groot didn’t want Drax to see him dance. Well, director James Gunn has the answer to that. In a recent sit down chat with Doug Benson for his podcast Doug-Loves-movies, James Gunn reveals that there was a deleted scene which explains Groot’s reluctance to dance in front of Drax.
Gunn says, “There was actually a scene that we cut from the movie where big Groot was dancing to ‘Livin’ Thing’ by ELO. And it wasn’t such an elaborate dance. It was more that he was just moving up and down like this, and Drax was dismissive and gave him this look like he was a loser when he did that. Dancing is ludicrous to Drax. I don’t think he understands it. If Drax owned a town, if he was a mayor, the first law would be no dancing. But yeah, so at the end of the movie, little baby Groot didn’t want to get caught dancing, because he would kill him.”
So, the reason little Groot prevented big Drax from seeing his cute dance was to escape the ire of the brutish Destroyer. With Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in the works, we can assume we’ll see more of Groot in the future. Will he dance again, and if so, can he get the stern, stoic Drax to lighten up and join him in some far-off footwork?