Thursday, 29 August 2013
VIN DIESEL Feature-DIESEL POWER
If that wasn't enough there's V. Diesel's 'other' franchise as 'Riddick' is about to come out the dark and illuminate our screens. With a smaller, darker budget, Diesel's taken an actors minimum wage (still better than most peoples decades) to get the maximum output possible and it looks as great as it does gory. If that wasn't enough-the man who's having just as big a year as his 'Fast' franchise friend and solo/TGT singer and writer Tyrese-has been linked with Marvel more times than Chris Evans. Not only has he been linked with having the villain 'vision' for a grunting nemesis for the eagerly anticipated Avengers sequel, he's also got enough bark in that gruff voice to play a tree in the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'. He even has another trick up his new suits sleeve, having the shaved head and skill set to take the lollipop of bald, iconic detective Kojak. Which could result in another forceful franchise. He's rewriting the critics ink now. The petrol-head's favourite has even driven himself onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame...now that's accredited certification. You can find the post script pile receiving actor at the top of the A-list now. "This 'aint nothing new."
It all started up again with Tokyo, 'Tokyo Drift' to be exact. In the third, but chronologically last instalment in the 'Fast and the Furious' franchise. The cars, music, Sung Kang, Japan and that girl from the Bruno Mars video did a good job of keeping the series running on fumes, but still it was missing something. In the final scene of the movie our lead is challenged to one more race. As he pulls up to the starting line a beautiful, classic American muscle car flexes into view. Could it be? As we see the dome of the driver and we pan round and there he is in a fresh white tee in the driving seat, it's Dominic Toretto or should we say Vin Diesel, the biggest star of 'The Fast and the Furious' torque, adrenaline fuelled blockbuster. Even in this 30 second or so cameo we are reminded of the charisma and charm of this character and actor that had been missed since the great, but not the same feeling '2 Fast 2 Furious'.
Then came the big moment. The 'new model, original parts' ensemble that became the fourth 'Fast' movie that took everything back to the original so much that the similar title ('Fast & Furious') is still bound to cause confusion when ordered on DVD today. Diesel refuelled the franchise along with old friends Paul Walker, Jordan Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez for a thrilling ride that engine gunned this franchise into a formidable 'Fast Five' sequel. A movie so hot and cool it was filmed in the Rio De Janeiro in Brazil and featured more old friends in the form of the franchise favourites Tyrese, Ludacris and Sung Kang and a brilliant, new baddie to wrestle with in the form of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. 'Five' has become so famous with it's thrills, spills, action and visual entertainment that it's widely considered as the best in the series...so far. Still with all this 'Italian Job' meets 'Oceans Eleven' film has to offer it's the lead that brings everything together in this ensemble piece, that motored on to a sixth gear. It's clear to see that Vin Diesel is back in the driving seat with his career nowhere near the rear-view.
The Hollywood hard-man age seems to have died with the ageing of the 'expendable' Stallone's, Segal's and Van Damme's (even though they still make great movies) but there's just something about Mark Sinclair Vincent. Something that goes beyond his Brooklyn bouncer to actor, director, producer, screenwriter success. Something that goes beyond his forever young, 46 years of age and something that goes beyond his millions of inspired Facebook followers who are moved by his motivating and inspiring posts that could only be rivalled by 'Fast' co-star Tyrese's influential Tweets. It goes beyond social networking or Hollywood status. This charismatic character is today's leading movie tough guy, but with added smarts.
He anchors two major franchises in the 'Fast & Furious' and 'Riddick' and he was irreplaceable in the 'xXx' one (maybe it's time somebody made a call). His heavy star weight is so big that excitement is already buzzing for his next drive and flagship position fist-fight with fellow strongman 'The Rock' in 'Fast Seven' due 2014 in a series that doesn't seem to be running out of runway. Out of this world Vin's currently promoting the new sci-fi smash 'Riddick' movie for a franchise that featured the dark, classic 'Pitch Black' and the exciting 'Chronicles of Riddick'. Right now the only other man who leads two huge, box-office franchises still current is Robert Downey Jnr (with 'Iron Man' and 'Sherlock Holmes') arguably the most charismatic and popular figure in Hollywood right now, two characteristics that help Vin to not be far off.
Vin Diesel is one of your most marketable movie makers because the ladies love him like Cool James and the fellas love the lights, camera and action of his films. Diesel's far from unleaded as he can still roll wit the punches and special effects like he asked someone for what Bruce Willis was having. The hard-worker keeps his frame and creative pictures honed because of his love for his art. He keeps the love for 'Riddick' alive in computer games and animated spin-off features, (where most other actors would pay no mind and still take a cut) while even when critically panned he shows his underrated diversity and underground talent like in the harshly judged and actually good 'Babylon A.D.'.
Still it's the depth of his personality and character that bring out the deeper human aspects of his tough guy characters. Just take a look at another underrated gem of a movie for example in the revenge thriller 'A Man Apart' that stands right next to similar modern greats like Denzel Washington's 'Man On Fire' or Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard's 'The Brave One'. In this movie Diesel plays a man hell bent on revenge after criminals kill the love of his life. Armed with true grit and genuine heart Diesel perfectly shows both sides of a man, battling between love and hate and good and bad.