Vin Diesel, also known as Mark Sinclair, has become a household name playing Dominic Toretto in the Fast & Furious franchise. But did you know he almost missed the hit movie franchise once? Read on.
The 53-year-old actor is one of the world’s highest-grossing actors in Hollywood. He gained a reputation as an action star after appearing in the Fast & Furious, XXX and The Chronicles of Riddick movie franchises.
During an appearance on Entertainment Weekly’s Binge podcast, Vin Diesel revealed that he almost gave up on the first Fast & Furious movie. He said he had doubts about the heist film after reading a first draft of the script that was missing.
Diesel said, “Universal ended up being involved in releasing Pitch Black, the only other movie I had made of this size, so they said,” We got this movie about street car racing. illegal, and we want you to play this character, who is a tough guy, outlaw, with a heart and a code.
He also recalled during the podcast, “Then they describe this scene that you see in the first movie, where the camera goes through my eye and down my arm and into the motor, and that’s the only thing that ‘they describe. And I said, “Yes, I’m there!”
However, Vin Diesel had doubts about the role and his engagement once he got a chance to read the script. He said, “The next day I’m supposed to go to the Australia premiere of Pitch Black, and I read the script and I’m going to… [pauses and sighs]. I am in conflict here because this script is not what I thought it would be. “
However, David Ayer, who is well known for writing the Oscar winning film (and later directing the critically acclaimed DC Comics film Suicide Squad), was nominated to write the film. And a conversation with him put Diesel at ease.
“The irony is that I felt like I got what the character wanted to be in the first script, but I felt there were things that conflicted with that truth – and that’s where David stepped in, ”he continued. ‘I remember telling him, “Dom’s character is so complex, I’ve never seen anything like it since Alonzo [Denzel Washington’s Oscar-winning role in Training Day],” he said.
Vin Diesel added, “I appreciated that he got to see the intricacies of the character… And some other characters needed some tweaking as well, like Letty’s character. I’m so lucky that they were open to everything and really wanted me to feel good and confident about it.
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