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I wish to Christ I could make up a really great lie. Sometimes, after an interview, I say to myself, 'Man, you were so honest - can't you have some fun? Can't you do some really down and dirty lying?' But the puritan in me thinks that if I tell a lie, I'll be punished.

—Willem Dafoe
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Vin Diesel [11]


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Born:July 18, 1967 (53)
Filmography Rating:7.67 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.46 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.17 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:76.05%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Iron Giant [1999](32) => The Iron Giant (voice)
Pitch Black: Unrated Director's Cut [2000](33) => Richard B. Riddick
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury [2004](37) => Richard B. Riddick (voice)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Unrated Director's Cut [2004](37) => Riddick
Riddick [2013](46) => Riddick
Guardians of the Galaxy [2014](47) => Groot  (voice)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [2017](50) => Baby Groot  (voice)
Avengers: Infinity War [2018](51) => Groot  (voice)
Ralph Breaks the Internet [2018](51) => Baby Groot (voice)
Avengers: Endgame [2019](52) => Groot (voice)
Bloodshot [2020](53) => Bloodshot

Trivia that mentions this person:
Predators [2010]
  • Nimród Antal specifically chose Adrien Brody for the main protagonist: "It was a challenge in finding a balance. When we cast Adrien, there were a lot of people going, What? But at the same time, if we cast a Vin Diesel in that role or anyone who is Arnold-esque, we would have been attacked for doing that. So we decided early on to go in a very different direction as far as the casting process, but it turned out fantastic." He also felt the soldiers should be portrayed as wiry tough guys, not burly men like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    The Chronicles of Riddick: Unrated Director's Cut [2004]
  • According to the Newcastle (Australia) Herald, Australian Rhiana Griffith auditioned to reprise her role of "Jack" from Pitch Black (renamed "Kyra" for The Chronicles of Riddick). It came down to top-level auditions. Vin Diesel was behind Griffith but told her she had to "toughen up". Griffith got a trainer and learned kickboxing but only had three weeks to prepare for auditions. Alexa Davalos got the role. Griffith did give her voice to The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, the animated short which is intended to bridge the years between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick.
  • Vin Diesel wanted Judi Dench to play Aereon, and went to great lengths to get her. A long-time fan of Dench, he had her dressing room filled with bouquets of flowers, and also advised her that they could not begin casting the movie until she agreed to accept the role.
  • After the original Pitch Black proved a success on DVD, Universal became interested in making a sequel. Writer/director David Twohy wrote the screenplays for not one, but three sequels. He and Vin Diesel put them into separate leather binders and presented them to Universal, along with the key for the first binder.
  • The fight scene between Riddick, the Mercs, and the Necromongers at the ship's hangar on Crematoria was filmed on Vin Diesel's birthday.
    Daredevil [2003]
  • Vin Diesel was approached for the role of Bullseye, later given to Colin Farrell. Other contenders for the role of Daredevil were Matt Damon, Edward Norton and Guy Pearce.
    Daredevil: Director's Cut [2003]
  • Vin Diesel was approached for the role of Bullseye, later given to Colin Farrell. Other contenders for the role of Daredevil were Matt Damon, Edward Norton and Guy Pearce.
    Pitch Black: Unrated Director's Cut [2000]
  • The contacts that Vin Diesel wore to play Riddick were a prototype. After the first day of filming, when they tried to remove the contact lenses, they couldn't. Due to where they were filming, they had to have an optometrist flown in from the nearest town, three hours away. Diesel called the contacts hubcaps. While a prototype during production, they were briefly available to the public from Lens Quest following the release of the film. They were called Shine Job, like in the movie.
  • When Riddick pulled the tarp off one of the buildings, revealing Jack, a tied rope was on the other side causing Vin Diesel to pull a muscle.
  • Vin Diesel said that while shooting the scenes where his character was in a suspended animation chamber, he had a claustrophobia attack at one point during shooting and had to be taken out of the chamber.
  • Vin Diesel actually performed the shoulder-dislocation stunt (when Riddick breaks free for the second time) for the crew, holding a chain between his hands, although he couldn't do it with the cuffs on. The version we see is mostly him with some special effects thrown in.
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [2003]
  • A number of actors were supposedly in the running for the role of the T-X (originally called the T-1G and alternatively considered male), including Vin Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal, Famke Janssen, and former WWF wrestler [?] Chyna ([?] Joanie Laurer). Laurer's name came into the mix when she was recommended for the part by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself during an interview prior to filming.
    Riddick [2013]
  • Vin Diesel wanted the movie to be shot on 35mm film, but due to the films low budget paired with large number of visual effect shots, the movie had to be shot digitally. As a compromise, director David Twohy added a subtle film grain effect throughout the film.
  • Vin Diesel's original vision was to have the The Chronicles of Riddick become like J.R.R Tolkien's Middle-Earth. Pitch Black was to serve like "The Hobbit", to be a stand alone film to establish the universe, and to have a trilogy of the The Chronicles of Riddick serving like [The Lord of the Rings].
  • Vin Diesel agreed to make a cameo appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in exchange for the rights to the [Riddick] franchise from Universal Pictures. This allowed him to produce this film independently. Production on the film was in jeopardy of shutting down when there was a delay in financing. Vin Diesel funded the film himself until the bank loan came through.
    Guardians of the Galaxy [2014]
  • When Vin Diesel started recording his lines for Groot, he was pleasantly surprised to find himself working with an old friend, [?] Doc Kane, the sound technician he'd worked with on The Iron Giant.
  • According to Vin Diesel, his performance as Groot helped him through a dark time in his life; he was dealing with the loss of his best friend and "Fast and Furious" co-star [?] Paul Walker: "It was the first time I came back to dealing with human beings after dealing with death, so playing a character who celebrates life in the way Groot does was very nice."
  • Vin Diesel recorded all of his "I am Groot" lines in several different languages, including Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, German and French so that they could use his real voice in the film around the world. According to Vin Diesel, the voice of Groot, he recorded Groot's iconic line, "I am Groot," over 1,000 times.
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [2017]
  • Vin Diesel was able to pull Baby Groot's high pitched voice on his own. His performance required no digital alterations of any kind.
  • Vin Diesel recorded Groot's voice for sixteen foreign-language releases of the film, up from six in the first film.
  • As Groot only communicates with the phrase, "I am Groot", in different inflections, James Gunn created a "Groot Version" of the script for him and Vin Diesel, which contains each of Groot's lines in English.
    The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part [2019]
  • When Emmet makes his spaceship to rescue his friends, he tells planty to buckle up. This is a reference to "Guardians of the Galaxy", when Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) tells Groot (Vin Diesel) to buckle up.
    The Iron Giant [1999]
  • Peter Cullen, Sean Connery, Frank Welker, and James Earl Jones were considered to voice the role of The Iron Giant, but it went over to Vin Diesel instead.
    Ralph Breaks the Internet [2018]
  • Gal Gadot's tough street racer character is based on her role as Gisele in [the Fast and the Furious] franchise. Shank's role is closer to the one of Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel who plays Baby Groot in the film.
    Bloodshot [2020]
  • Vin Diesel and Eiza González have both appeared in films from "[The Fast and the Furious]" franchise. Diesel starred in 8 films and González appeared in the 2019 spin-off "Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw".