Actor Profile: Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel turns 38 today. Say what you want, he’s managed to revive his career lately thanks to his return to the Fast and Furious franchise.

The first film I saw Vin Diesel in was actually Saving Private Ryan. It might have been about the same time as The Iron Giant, as I saw Saving Private Ryan on video, but since he wasn’t visually in The Iron Giant, Ryan still wins. I think I first really “noticed” Vin Diesel in Pitch Black though, since he’s the main character of that film.

BEST PERFORMANCE
Boiler Room wins this category despite the fact he’s in Saving Private Ryan. He’s not really used a lot in either, but he gets a bit more screentime in Boiler Room. He’s a stock trader. He’d never get offered a role like that again nowadays. It’s a shame. I think he’s an underused actor.

MOST ICONIC ROLE
Well, obviously his most Iconic Role is as Dominic Toretto in The Fast and The Furious franchise. After doing seven films, and making billions of dollars at the box office, even with his other notable roles, this still wins. Sure, everyone knows he’s also Riddick, and Xander Cage.

MOST OVERLOOKED PERFORMANCE
Did you know he was the voice of The Iron Giant? I mean, it’s not really a “performance” persay, but the movie is great. If you haven’t seen it, definitely do.

BEST PERFORMANCE I’VE HEARD WAS GREAT, BUT HAVEN’T SEEN
I’ll admit, I heard he was pretty good in Find Me Guilty, but I didn’t get to see it.

WORST PERFORMANCE
I really hated The Chronicles Of Riddick. Pitch Black was good, but the sequel was not.

ROLES IVE SEEN:
1) Saving Private Ryan (1998)
2) The Iron Giant (1999)
3) Boiler Room (2000)
4) Pitch Black (2000)
5) The Fast and the Furious (2001)
6) Knockaround Guys (2001)
7) XXX (2002)
8) A Man Apart (2003)
9) The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004)
10) The Pacifier (2005)
11) The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
12) Fast and Furious (2009)
13) Fast Five (2011)
14) Fast and Furious 6 (2013)
15) Riddick (2013)
16) Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
17) Furious 7 (2015)

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