Sunday, March 28, 2010
I have always been interested in Vin Diesel. This is despite hating (with a passion) The Fast and the Furious... all of them. And wondering why anyone would ever think that the script to xXx was anything more than a waste of paper. I think underneath the bad one-liners I could see that he could act and after watching his debut film, Multi-Facial, I am now certain that Boiler Room wasn't just a fluke.
Multi-Facial is about a multi-racial actor auditioning for parts in New York City. The film was based upon Vin Diesel's own experiences as a multi-racial actor going to casting calls. In it casting director after casting director tells Vin he's talented, but he isn't right for the part. However, you can see that he has a deep dedication to his craft through the variety of parts he can play convincingly... everything from a chauvinistic Italian Guido to a rapper. And yes, he raps in it.
The film accepted into the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. Eventually, it caught the eye of Steven Spielberg who cast Vin in Saving Private Ryan. There is some blissful irony that a short film about how multi-racial actors can't seem to get parts since they don't fit into anyone's racial preconceptions was the film that got Vin Diesel his big break.