Mark Sinclair Vincent, professionally as Vin Diesel (born 18 July 1967) is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. Vin Diesel is known for his roles as Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious series and Richard B. Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick film series. He is also the founder of the production companies One Race Films, Tigon Studios, and Racetrack Records.
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- It's insecurity that is always chasing you and standing in the way of your dreams.
- 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.
- It wasn't until I went to college and I got my first motorcycle that I understood the thrill of speed.
- 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.
- My mother is the most supportive mother in the world, she's magical.
- You make movies for the people. If critics happen to like them too, well, that's a home run.
- 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.
- If you're the type of person who has to fulfill your dreams, you've gotta be resourceful to make sure you can do it. I came out to California when I was 21, thinking my New York credentials would take me all the way. I came back home a year later all dejected and a failure.
- 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 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 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.
- I am definitely a person of color.
- A person in my position has to restrain himself.
- 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.
- I was walking around with the babies so much that when I got to the Sidney Lumet picture, I would be on set in between takes and I'd be rocking back and forth. Just standing like this rocking back and forth, and Sidney would say, Why are you walking like that in between takes?
- My mother gave me this book called Feature Films at Used Car Prices by a guy named Rick Schmidt. I gotta credit the guy, cuz he gave me the most practical advice. It empowers you.
- 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.
- 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.
- Career diversification ain't a bad thing.
- Well, love motivates me in everything I do.
- I don't have friends, I have family.
- You don't turn on family even when