A Minute With: Vin Diesel on going dark, getting ripped and Facebook

Wed Sep 4, 2013 8:48am EDT
 
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(Note: Strong language in quote in paragraph 10)

By Mary Milliken

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - With a voice several octaves underground and a piercing stare, action star Vin Diesel goes to an even darker place as Riddick in the third installment of the sci-fi film series, nine years after "The Chronicles of Riddick."

In "Riddick," which opens Friday, Diesel's ex-convict character leaves his comfortable world as leader of the Necromonger death race to search for his homeland. Once double-crossed and left for dead, he resolves to rebuild himself, both physically and morally, but must do battle against beasts and bounty hunters.

"Riddick" is the second release this year for Diesel, who got his big break in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" but who now is best known as Dominic Toretto in the high-octane thriller "Fast & Furious" series. "Fast & Furious 6" has grossed nearly $800 million worldwide this year and "Fast & Furious 7" is due out next near.

After firing off questions about what will happen in Syria, the 46-year-old actor reclined on a couch and talked to Reuters about the toll of playing Riddick, the difficulty of getting a beer belly and what to do with 46 million Facebook followers.

Q: You are older, wiser, calmer. Actually, what were you like 10 years ago?

A: I was a maniaaaaaccccc!

Q: So, is it a good time for you to be interpreting a more contemplative, isolationist Riddick?   Continued...

 
Actor Vin Diesel poses for a portrait while promoting his upcoming movie "Riddick" in Los Angeles, California August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni