Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy isn't the biggest of talkers, but that doesn't mean he didn't make a huge impact. For some he provided some comedic brilliance - but for others he was hugely inspirational.
Sawyer Dunlap was three years old when he first saw Guardians Of The Galaxy. Sawyer suffers from dyspraxia - which affects both his speech and his motor skills. According to a post from his father on James Gunn's (the director of Guardians) facebook - Sawyer could only say three words before he saw the movie:
Hi James...This is in response to your recent post about Guardians being released a year ago and the effect it has had on my son. My son is four years old and has a condition known as dyspraxia, which not only interferes with motor skills but speech as well. When Guardians came out Sawyer could only say about three words and would communicate to his mother and I by other means. When he saw Groot, something clicked inside him and he connected with him on a level I haven't seen. He began to mimic him and he would use the word "Bah" for a lot, but after he saw the film, he would change the tone in which he said it to convey a different meaning. He would also start saying Groot for many things as well. Since that, he was finally able to go to a speech class and it has helped amazingly. I just wanted to thank you though, for a script and movie that was written so well that a four year old, three at that time, could connect with someone who had the same language barrier.
Gunn shared Sawyer's story - and it turns out that Sawyer wasn't the only one affected with other amazing stories being shared on Gunn's facebook.