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Diesel Wants to be Taken Seriously

12 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tinseltown beefcake Vin Diesel is sick of making action movies - because he wants to be taken serious as an actor. The XXX star believes Hollywood has pigeon-holed him in the action genre and wants to branch out into different film types, including adaptations of Shakespeare. One movie executive says, "He wants to be the next Tom Hanks." Another film boss adds, "Maybe he can just go do (William Shakespeare) in one movie and get it out of his system, like Keanu (Reeves)." However Diesel's thespian dreams will have to be put on hold for now. Vin has several action flicks in the pipeline, including A Man Apart, Pitch Black sequel The Chronicles Of Riddick and XXX2. Vin recently met up with Nicole Kidman to discuss the prospect of a remake of Guys And Dolls. »

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Diesel Dumps Fast 2

29 April 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Variety reports that Vin Diesel has been scratched from the cast of the upcoming sequel to blockbuster hit The Fast And The Furious. After Diesel allegedly walked away from the bargaining table over money issues, Universal has chosen to focus on co-star Paul Walker, who comes with a much lower price tag. According to Variety, one of the reasons Universal quailed at Diesel's salary demands (reported in the $20 million range) is because they are also shooting the sequel to Pitch Black with him, and a salary bump on the Fast And The Furious sequel would have retroactively bumped his $12.5 million Pitch Black sequel salary into the same range. Universal says the plot will now follow Walker's character, stripped of his badge, who is recruited to infiltrate the Miami street-racing circuit. In the interim, the Pitch Black sequel, The Chronicles Of Riddick, has picked up Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman to do a re-write on the script. Despite Goldsman's recent Oscar, some Pitch Black fans have been mortified, fearing Goldsman's involvement will ruin the series, much like they claim he did with the Batman movie series, for which he wrote or co-wrote the last two instalments. One fan said "Akiva Goldsman did what The Joker could never do. He killed Batman." (This item was compiled by IMDb staff) »

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