12 Things You Probably Don't Know About Vin Diesel
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016, 8:40 am
The "Fast and the Furious" star, Vin Diesel, is unquestionably one of the best Hollywood actors of all time. In his 27-year acting career, the "Riddick" star has acted in 30 plus movies. He has starred in highly successful Hollywood movie franchises such as "The Fast and the Furious," "The Chronicles of Riddick," and "xXx." Vin Diesel is a self-made man; he worked very hard to be what he is today. Hey, allow us to shed some light on Vin Diesel's life. Read these 12 fascinating and little-known Vin Diesel facts you probably don't know!
4.He Identifies Himself As A Person Of Color
Vin Diesel ethnicity baffles many! He is too white to be called a black, and dark enough not to be called a white person. He has the features of a white person, black person, Italian, Mexican, and pretty much every race and ethnicity in the world. This unique physical trait allowed him effortlessly play white and colored roles on screen. Irrespective of what people think, Vin Diesel always identifies himself as a person of color. His twin brother, however, looks fair enough to pass for white.
5.This Is How He Forayed Into Acting
Vin Diesel began his acting career as a theater artist as young as seven. The "xXx" star, his brother, and other friends used to play at the Theater for the New City, Manhattan. One day, they broke into the theater and tried to vandalize the property. The theater's artistic director, Crystal Field, caught Vin Diesel and made him act in a stage show called, "Dinosaur Doors," failing which she would call the police. Since then, he had acted in several theater plays until he became old enough to go out searching for work opportunities.
6."Feature Filmmaking At Used Car Prices" Book Changed His Life
In the early 90s, Vin Diesel made several unsuccessful attempts to become an actor. Unfortunately, his theater experience didn't help him much to land big Hollywood roles. After making a couple of uncredited appearances in movies, he moved back to his native town. His mom then gifted him the "Feature Films at Used Car Prices" by Rick Schmidt, which changed his life entirely. With the help of the book, Vin Diesel wrote, directed, and acted in two movies in which one was screened at 1995 Cannes Film Festival. Impressed by Vin Diesel's acting skills, legendary director Steven Spielberg offered him a major role in his 1998 blockbuster, "Saving Private Ryan."