Mark Sinclair, better known by his stage name Vin Diesel, is an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter. He is well known for his portrayals of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious film series and Richard B. Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick series. He was also a producer on sequels in both franchises. Diesel has also starred in films. He wrote, directed, produced, and starred in a short film titled Multi-Facial and the feature-length drama film Strays. He is the founder of the production companies One Race Films, Racetrack Records and Tigon Studios.
The Video Game Culture Was An Important Thing To Keep Alive In The Film Because We're In A New Era Right Now. The Idea That Kids Can Play Video Games Like Grand Theft Auto Or Any Video Game Is Amazing. The Video Games Are One Step Before A Whole Other Virtual Universe.
You Break Her Heart, I'll Break Your Neck.
It's Hard For Me To Talk About Dom Right Now Because I Am Dom Right Now. So It's A Really Strange Exercise To Try To Reflect On Something That I Am At The Moment. But I Guarantee You That When I'm Done With The Movie And You Ask Me That Question, I'll Be Able To Give You Something Insightful.
I Always Have Issues With Trust.
When I First Did 'The Fast And The Furious', I Didn't Want There To Be A Sequel On The First One. I Thought, 'Why Would You Rush To Do A Sequel - Just Because Your First Film Is Successful?'
It's Insecurity That Is Always Chasing You And Standing In The Way Of Your Dreams.
It Would Be Flattering To Call It A Modern Dirty Harry, But I Think This Film Deals More With The Loss Of His Wife Than The Traditional Revenge Vigilante Films.
You Know When Something Feels So Good But You're Afraid To Feel Good About It? So You Kinda Hold Back? Everyone Says, Congratulations, You Must Be So Happy. And You Say Something Stupid Like, I'm Just Doing What Little I Can With What Little I Have.
I Love Thinking About The Film, The Project And Committing Myself As Much As Possible.
I Was Raised In New York City And Raised In The New York City Theater World. My Father Was A Theater Director And An Acting Teacher, And It Was Not Uncommon For Me To Have Long Discussions About The Method And What The Various Different Processes Were To Finding A Character And Exploring Character And Realizing That Character.
My Mom Used To Say That I Became A Fighter And A Scrapper And A Tough Guy To Protect Who I Am At My Core.
I Have Dangerous Bones In My Body.
It Wasn't Until I Went To College And I Got My First Motorcycle That I Understood The Thrill Of Speed.
Well, Love Motivates Me In Everything I Do.
It's Like You Have A Child And You Think, 'Everything That I've Done Up Until This Point Is Insignificant In Comparison To Being A Father.' It's A Beautiful, Beautiful Thing.
With Age, You Get To A Place Where You Don't Want To Knock People Out. You Just Want To Give People A Hug.
I'm Not Really Afraid Of The Dark, Except If I'm Walking. The Thing That Scares Me The Most Is The Possibility Of Walking Into A Wall And Busting My Lip.
I Don't Think A Lot Of Actors Talk About It, But There's Usually A Process Where You Essentially Purge Yourself Of The Character That You Played Prior To The Movie. That's The First Thing. You Want To Do It.
It Was Interesting To Do A Completely Fictional Piece. You Know, Saving Private Ryan Was Not A Fictional Piece! So The Challenge Was: How Do You Incorporate Real Emotions? How Do You Incorporate Aspects That People Are Going To Be Able To Identify With?
I Shaved My Head About 15 Years Ago And The First Time I Shaved It, I Started Running My Hand Through My Hair And It Was Very Therapeutic.
What Was Bizarre, When I Was Younger, I Never Watched Tv. I Would Rather Watch A Movie 100 Times Than To Watch A Tv Show, Just To Find Another Nuance. I Can't Tell You How Many Times I've Watched 'On The Waterfront', Just To Find A Flaw So That I Can Learn And Try To Improve My Thing.
I Love What I Do.
My Gut Feeling About Sequels Is That They Should Be Premeditated: You Should Try To Write A Trilogy First Or At Least Sketch Out A Trilogy If You Have Any Faith In Your Film.
I've Turned Down Twentysomething Million Dollars For Movies.
My Mom Insisted On Multigrain Bread And Never Allowed Soda In The House.
If It's An Amazing Role, I'll Do Anything.
If Clark Gable Had A Facebook Page, There Would Have Been A 'Gone With The Wind 2.'
I Was A Bouncer For Ten Years In New York City.
When Your Co-stars Are 9-month-old Babies, You Fall In Love. You Start Thinking, When Am I Going To Have My Own?
The Idea Of Exploring Character Relations And Their Development Over A Decade Has To Be Appealing For Any Actor Who Cherishes His Craft.
Women Are Sacred.
A Person In My Position Has To Restrain Himself.
My Mother Is The Most Supportive Mother In The World, She's Magical.
Deal-making Goes On With Any Job.
If You Had Asked Me Back In Grade School What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up, I Would Have Said My First Choice Was An Actor, But If I Couldn't Be That, I'd Want To Be A Superhero.
You Make Movies For The People. If Critics Happen To Like Them Too, Well, That's A Home Run.
Career Diversification Ain't A Bad Thing.
When I Got On The Set Of 'Saving Private Ryan,' I Discovered, To My Amazement, That Steven Spielberg Is A Gamer.
I Drive A Yukon Flex Fuel, And There's Baby Seats In The Back.
The One Thing I Will Never Do Is Become Pigeonholed.
I Am Flattered That They Think That Many People Would Enjoy My Work. I Don't Approach Any Genre A Different Way Than I May Approach Another One. I Treat Every Role I Do Like A Role Worthy Of Applying Whatever Kind Of Tactic, Process And Talent I Have.
A Transvestite Spends Her Entire Life Trying To Look As Feminine As Possible And I Have Clearly Spent Mine Celebrating My Masculinity.
The Whole Year I Was In La I Got Into Telemarketing And Learned How To Make Money. Five Years Later That Skill Helped Me Make My First Film.
I'm The Most Ambitious Person You Ever Met.
You Live These Three Months In This Reality, In This Dark Reality. You Don't Want To Do Those Films Every Year Because They're Taxing. I Started Smoking A Lot Of Cigarettes.
I Love Women More Than Anything.
I Grew Up With All Kinds Of People.
The Only Way Anyone Knows Which Girl I'm With Is If A One-night Stand Goes On 'Howard Stern.'
You Get A Timeless Cool Card In New York.
Film Is My Hobby, So I Will Work Well Through The Night To Develop Films, Whatever Film I'm Doing Or Dream Projects I Have.