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Vin Diesel FAQ

Stage name: Vin Diesel
Real name: Mark Sinclair Vincent
Birthdate/place: July 18th, 1967, New York
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Biological father: unknown
Stepfather: Irving Vincent, theater director and drama teacher
Mother: Delora, astrologer with a master’s degree in psychology
Siblings: Paul Vincent, fraternal twin, editor, married with two children
Samantha Vincent: half-sister, teacher
and another half-brother
Height: Somewhere between 6’0 and 6’2
Weight: Over 200 pounds (varies a lot between 2 movies)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Shaved, orginally dark and curly
Tattoos: None. All of the tattoos in xXx, KAG and Babylon A.D. were fake.
Shoe size: 12
Ethnicity: unknown / mixed
Education: Anglo-American High School, New York
Hunter College, New York, major in English but dropped out after the first year
Previous jobs: Bouncer/doorman at clubs like The Tunnel, Mars
Hobbies: Playstation, role playing (Dungeons and Dragons), comic books, foreign language movies, Lord of the Rings, reading heavy metal magazines, snowboarding, surfing on the net and reading the gossips about his love affairs.
Dragons name:
Marital Status: not yet married, rumoured to happen summer 2012

On April 2, 2008, he and his girlfriend, model Paloma Jimenez, became parents of a little daughter. The media reported different names for the little girl but on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show on 03/31/09 he confirmed his daughter’s name to be Similce. The spelling may vary though, another possible pronunciation is Cemilse.

2010 the couple became parents of a little boy who has since showed up on a few pictures but no details nor his name have been announced.

PRIVATE!!! – never been published
Mailing address: Vin Diesel
3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Box #839
Studio City, CA 91604
Movie Company: OneRace Films
Game Company: Tigon Studios
First stage appearance: Dinosaurus’s Door – Theatre for the New City at the age of 7
Funniest Vin movie appearance: Breakin’ in the USA – instructional documentary from 1984


Funny little stories/facts:

Vin wrote the foreword of Thirty Years of Adventure : A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons

“We were all drawn to the game because it allowed us to become these characters, vastly different in appearance and in actions, but waht kept us hooked was the search for the character that reőresented our higher self. playing D&D was a training ground for our imaginations and an oppurtinity to explore our own identities”
(From the back cover of the book)
– Thanks to Kat for the heads up!

Spoken foreign languages:

When asked in this year’s MSN chat, if he could speak Italian, Vin said: “(Italian accent) Si molto bene! Le Italiano que parle nonrepresente le Italiano que sono.” And that means: “Yes very well. The Italian that I speak does not reflect the Italian that I am.”
(MSN live chat 2003)

Can Vin dance Salsa?

Same MSN chat, question about AMA’s dancing sequence: “I took a few classes to touch up, but I had been dancing Salsa for years before. That’s a character trait that runs in the family. My mother is a Mambo dancer, that’s what my parents do for fun. So I love dancing Salsa so it was fun to be able to incorporate it in the film. The most important thing it represented for my character was that it was something that he and his wife did, a private moment between husband and wife that is beautiful. And I think Salsa dancing unlike other dancing celebrates that bond between man and woman.”
(MSN live chat 2003)

How many T-shirts does Vin own?

“Actor Vin Diesel has been very vocal about his love for the 2(X)ist v-neck t-shirt. He is quoted saying “Hands down the best t-shirt on the market.” He claims to have more than 2,000!”
(taken from

What does Vin look for in a woman?

VIN: What do I look for in a woman? What does every guy look for in a woman? If I knew that, I’d be married by now. I never thought I’d be 35, just be on TV, and someone would ask me what I look for in a woman. Isn’t that fascinating? Honestly, I’ve always wanted a girl to be cool. I like strength in a woman. I like independence. I like individuality. As long as she’s a good person.
(ET interview)

Movies he was rumored / he wanted to be in?
  • Flawless (1999)

~ a homophobic guy (Robert DeNiro) ends up with paralyzed vocal cords because of an unfortunate stroke. His therapy includes receiving singing lessons from a neighbor (played by Phillip S. Hoffman) who is not only openly flamboyant but also a pre-op transgenderist. Both of them are equally prejudiced; De Niro against homosexuals and the neighbor against close-minded straight people. (IMDb).
Vin’s role: the transvestita singer
the reason why Vin wasn’t in this movie: Director Joel Schumacher turned Diesel down because of the actor’s massive physique.

  • Reindeer Games (2000)

~ After being imprisoned for six years on a grand theft auto charge, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) and his cellmate Nick (James Frain) are finally going to be paroled. When Nick is killed during a prison riot, Rudy decides to assume Nick’s identity upon release from prison and meet up with Nick’s penpale-only girlfriend (Charlize Theron). Soon he meets her brother (Gary Sinise), who forces him to rob the casino Nick used to work in.
Vin’s role: bad guy in Gabriel’s team
the reason why Vin wasn’t this movie: Vin wanted to beef up his role, but Frankenheimer denied his request, so he quitted the project. (other sources say that he was dismissed by the director because of his demands.)

  • Training Day (2001)

~ On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer (Ethan Hawke), a rookie cop works with a rogue detective(Denzel Washington) who isn’t what he appears as.
Vin’s role: Jake Hoyt, the rookie cop
the reason he wasn’t in this movie: unknown. Sam L. Jackson was in talks with Vin to play the senior cop.

  • Equilibrium (2002)

~ In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Clerick John Preston is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it.
Vin’s role: Cleric Preston
the reason he wasn’t in this movie: Vin was offered the lead role in Kurt Wimmer’s clever sci-fi actioner, but never returned Dimension’s call. Studio casted Christain Bale (the new Batman) instead.

  • Hellboy (2003)

~ In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon–Hellboy–has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil.
Vin’s role: Hellboy
the reason Vin wasn’t in this movie: the success of Blade 2 allowed director Guillermo Del Toro to choose his favourite actor for this role, Ron Pearlman.

  • Daredevil (2003)

~ A man blinded by radioactive waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.
Vin’s role: Daredevil
the reason Vin wasn’t in this movie: he chose to film The Chronicles of Riddick over Daredevil. Ben Affleck replaced Vin.

  • The Fast and the Furious 2 (2002) & xXx 2 (2005)

~ Sequels to previously successful Vin Movies. TFATF features illegal car racers, xXx extreme sports man turned special agent.
Vin’s role: Dominic Toretto, Xander Cage
the reason Vin wasn’t in this movie: according to Vin, he turned down both roles because the scripts were weak. According to the studios, Vin asked for way too high salaries. Instead of paying him 20 million dollars, in 2 Fast 2 Furious they focused on Paul Walker’s character’s further adventures; in xXx2 they casted a new actor, Ice Cube. Xander Cage, played by Vin’s stunt double, was killed in an extra feature of the recut xXx DVD. Vin is rumored to reprise his role as Xander Cage for a third installment of the xXx series.

  • The Fast and the Furious 3 (2006)

~ In order to avoid a jail sentence, Shaun Boswell heads to Tokyo to live with his military officer uncle. In a low-rent section of the city, Shaun gets caught up in the underground world of drift racing.
Vin’s role: Dominic Toretto
the reason Vin wasn’t in the movie: after abandoning the first sequel, Vin showed interest for the new chapter called Tokyo Drift. He was in talks but for reasons unknown to us, the producers of TFATF decided to make TFATF 3 with a brand new cast. Vin had a brief cameo appearance at the end of the movie that ultimately led to the 4th installment, Fast & Furious, that is hitting the big screen in summer 2009.

Can he still use his “real” name in hotel rooms?

Not anymore. “I’m looking forward to picking better names. Socrates. Freud. Albert Camus-and I’ll pronounce it kay-muss, just to throw people off. ”

The list of Xander’s tattoos in xXx:

* On the back of his neck, three X’s.
* On the small of his back, two guns crossed to form an X.
* On his left arm, a tribal band on his bicep, a bull charging out of flames and clouds.
* On his right arm, the words “dis” and “order” by his wrist, two eagle wings going up his arm, three stars on his elbow, a bull on his bicep, the word “chaos,” wrapped in blue filler, on his forearm.
* On his right shoulder, a star with an eye in the middle.
* On his stomach, the word “Melkor,” the name of Diesel’s real-life Dungeons & Dragons character.
* On his bellybutton, a chaos symbol topped by flames.
* Around his right nipple, a star (USA Today)

Cash or credit card? AKA his most sophisticated fan is a Saudi Arabian princess

“Movie star Vin Diesel escaped an embarrassing penniless vacation when he was rescued by a rich fan. The up-and-coming actor foolishly forgot to take cash with him on a recent trip to Cuba, leaving instead with a wallet full of bank cards – useless in the communist country. Diesel says, “I didn’t think I needed cash because I thought I could go anywhere in the world and use my credit cards. So stupid. It’s amazing that you can go to another country and you are powerless. Anyway, we charge up this bill and no-one knows me and then this couple, one gentleman from Tel Aviv that was like selling arms or something and this lady that was sort of this Saudi Arabian princess, had seen me in Pitch Black the night before. His girlfriend gave us the money for everything and for our tickets home. She couldn’t believe we were down there and we had a blast and the next day she came to our rescue.””
(WENN news / IMDb)

His favourite pasta is…

Food served on movie sets is one step below airline grub, so the cast members of “XXX” are thankful that Asia Argento has a leading role in the thriller. The spicy Italian actress has been cooking lunch for director Rob Cohen and stars Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson. “Rob’s favorite is pasta puttanesca with eggplant,” Argento tells The Post’s V.A. Musetto from the set in Prague. “Vin is obsessed with penna alla bolognese with meat sauce. For Jackson, I cooked something more sophisticated, duck salad and tomatoes filled with seafood. I have to help the big boys keep up their strength for the long shoots.”

Yoda gave thanks to Vin for winning his best fight award @ 2003 MTV Movie Awards

Yoda appeared on a giant screen to accept the honor and spoke in his signature circuitous manner. “Hmmm … grateful am I to this award receive. To win, I did not expect,” he said. “Promise myself cry I would not.” He went on to thank supporters ranging from “Star Wars” creator George Lucas to Wookie Chewbacca, Vin Diesel, space monster Greedo and actor Steve Guttenberg. (AP)


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