THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
A native of New York City, VIN DIESEL (Dominic Toretto/Produced
by) has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after film stars. In addition to
his huge box-office success, Diesel is a prominent producer and filmmaker and
has been honored with both a hands and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese
Theatre as well as a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.
Earlier this year, Diesel reprised his role in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. In
addition, he will reprise the role of Groot in Walt Disney Pictures' Guardians
of the Galaxy Vol. 2, set for release this May. Furious 7, which he starred in
and produced, grossed more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office and is
the highest-grossing film in China's history. In 2013, he starred in and
produced the box-office smash hit Fast & Furious 6, which grossed almost $800
million worldwide, as well as Riddick, the third installment in the hit
cult-franchise. In 2014, Diesel starred as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy,
which was the biggest film of the year. In 2015, Diesel also starred in and
produced The Last Witch Hunter for Lionsgate, which also starred Sir Michael
Caine. In 2016, Diesel was seen in Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
In 2011, Diesel was seen in Fast Five, the fifth installment of the blockbuster
The Fast and the Furious franchise, as well as Fast & Furious (2009). Diesel
wore multiple hats on both projects as he reprised his role as Dominic Toretto
and produced the films, along with Neal H. Moritz. He also wrote and directed
the original short film Los Bandoleros. The short, which was showcased on the
Fast & Furious DVD, tells the intriguing backstory of the characters and events
leading up to the explosive oil-truck heist in the film.
Another endeavor in Diesel's entrepreneurial rise was the creation of his
successful video-game company, Tigon Studios, which created and produced 2004's
top-selling Xbox game, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.
Diesel previously starred alongside Michelle Yeoh in 20th Century Fox's Babylon
A.D., for director Mathieu Kassovitz. In the thriller, Diesel played a
veteran-turned-mercenary who takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from
Russia to China. He is unaware that she is carrying an organism that a cult
wants to harvest to produce a genetically modified messiah.
Diesel was also seen in the courtroom drama Find Me Guilty, directed by renowned
filmmaker Sidney Lumet. Set in the '80s, the film documents the famous
three-year trial of 20 members of a mob family. Diesel earned critical acclaim
for his portrayal of Jackie DiNorscio, the one mobster who chose to forgo his
rights to an attorney and defended himself. To play this role, Diesel
transformed himself into the 47-year-old Italian mobster by putting on 20
Diesel will play the title role in Hannibal the Conqueror, which tells the story
of the Carthaginian general who rode an elephant across the Alps to attack Rome
in the third century B.C. In addition to this film, Diesel's One Race Films will
produce Hannibal the Barbarian, a children's animated series based on the
stories of Hannibal, for the BET network. Diesel's future projects include
Touchstone Pictures' Player's Rule. The film, written by Ron Bass and Jen Smolka,
will be Diesel's first role as the lead in a romantic comedy. Diesel will star
in The Wheelman, which is in development with MTV Films, Paramount Pictures and
One Race Films. Diesel's Tigon Studios and Midway Games will collaborate to
release the film and video game simultaneously.
Diesel starred in his first comedy feature for Disney, The Pacifier, opposite
Faith Ford, Brad Garrett, Lauren Graham and Brittany Snow. The 2005 film,
directed by Adam Shankman, followed an undercover agent who, after failing to
protect an important government scientist, learns that the scientist's family is
in danger. In an effort to redeem himself, he agrees to take care of the man's
children-only to discover that child care is his toughest mission yet. The
Pacifier was a huge box-office success.
In the highly anticipated science-fiction feature The Chronicles of Riddick,
Diesel reprised the title role of Richard B. Riddick. Produced by One Race
Films, it was the follow-up to the cult favorite Pitch Black. Diesel previously
starred in the action-thriller A Man Apart, which he also produced.
Topping Diesel's list of credits is his star turn in 2001's The Fast and the
Furious, for which he won an MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team, along with
co-star Paul Walker, and was nominated for Best Male Performance. He starred in
the blockbuster xXx, which he also executive produced. Diesel appeared in Saving
Private Ryan, for which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as part
of the film's ensemble cast. His other credits include Boiler Room and the voice
of the title character in The Iron Giant, which won an Annie Award for Best
Diesel wrote, produced, directed and starred in the independent short
Multi-Facial, which explored the issue of being multiracial in today's society.
The film follows Diesel, whose biological mother is Caucasian and biological
father is African-American, on several auditions in which he is told he is
either "too black" or "too white" for the part. It was after seeing this short
at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival that director Steven Spielberg created the role
of Private Adrian Caparzo in Saving Private Ryan specifically for Diesel.
Diesel wrote, produced, directed and starred in the full-length feature Strays,
which he described as a "multicultural Saturday Night Fever." The drama was
selected to compete at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
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