-- "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn shared today an amazing story on how his film helped a 4-year-old boy with motor skill issues.
Josh Dunlap shared his son Sawyer's story with Gunn on Facebook to which the director replied, "I love making movies because of stories like this."
Dunlap said his son lives with Dyspraxia, which WebMD states "is recognized as a learning difficulty affecting some skills and abilities." Dunlap said it hampers Sawyer's motor skills and speech.
"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 wrote to Gunn.
As most "Guardian" fans know, Groot is only able to say "I am Groot" in the film. The character voiced by Vin Diesel doesn't use any other words to speak.
"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," Dunlap wrote. "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."