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Vin Diesel Leaves Prints in Chinese Theatre Forecourt

VIN DIESEL and Family
LA Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Diesel.
LA Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Diesel.

HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Actor and filmmaker Vin Diesel sank his hands and feet
into cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre today, two days
before the release of his latest film “Furious 7.”

“Furious 7” is Diesel’s fourth appearance in the “Fast & Furious”
franchise, following 2009’s “Fast & Furious,” “Fast Five” two years later
and “Fast & Furious 6” in 2013. It is also the first film in the franchise
released following the death of co-star Paul Walker, who died in a fiery car
crash in Valencia in November 2013.

“You couldn’t hope for a studio to honor a brother the way they did,”
Diesel said. “For as long as I live, I’ll always be grateful for Universal for
the homage that they did so — with their hearts and with so much class. The
fact that they allowed us to feel in our hearts that we’re making Pablo proud,
it makes me believe that Paul is here with us today.”

Born Mark Sinclair Vincent on July 18, 1967, in New York City, Diesel
made his stage debut when he was 7 years old in a production of the children’s
play “Dinosaur Door” at Theater for the New City in New York’s Greenwich
Village.

Diesel’s first film role was a brief uncredited appearance in the 1990
drama “Awakenings.” Diesel wrote, produced, directed and starred in the 1994
independent short “Multi-Facial,” which followed him on several auditions in
which he is told he is either “too black” or “too white.” (Diesel’s mother
is white and his father is black.)

The film was shown at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, where it was seen
by director Steven Spielberg, which led him to create the role of Pvt. Adrian
Carparzo in “Saving Private Ryan” specifically for Diesel.
Diesel also wrote, produced, directed and starred in the full-length
drama “Strays,” which he described as a “multicultural `Saturday Night
Fever.” It was selected to compete at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
Diesel’s other film credits include  “The Chronicles of Riddick”
trilogy — “Pitch Black,”  “The Chronicles of Riddick” and “Riddick”;
“xXx”; the Disney comedy “The Pacifier”; “Babylon A.D.”; the courtroom
drama “Find Me Guilty”; “Boiler Room”; “Knockaround Guy”; the action-
thriller “A Man Apart”;  and the animated feature “The Iron Giant.”
Diesel’s upcoming films include “Hannibal the Conqueror,” in which he
plays the title role, and his first role as a romantic lead, “Player’s
Rules.”

Diesel is also the founder of the video game company Tigon Studios,
which created and produced 2004’s top-selling Xbox game, “The Chronicles of
Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay.”

Diesel’s stage name stems from his days as a bouncer at the New York
nightclub Tunnel — Vin is the shortened form of Vincent and friends nicknamed
him Diesel, saying he ran on diesel fuel, a reference to his non-stop energy.VIN DIESEL-TCL Handprints 9

Vin Diesel with Furious 7 Cast. Photos by Gary McCarthy
Vin Diesel with Furious 7 Cast.
Photos by Gary McCarthy

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