Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

No driving seat for Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel is happy to stay in front of the camera for his big action roles

Vin Diesel has revealed he has no plans to step into the director's chair in the near future.

The star of the Fast And Furious films, who has directed two short movies and made his directorial feature-length debut with Strays in 1997, admitted he is unlikely to take the reins of a future instalment.

"You know, for me, acting is probably more therapeutic than anything now, while directing is an opportunity to tell stories," said the 45-year-old.

"I don't think it would ever be appropriate to direct this big an action film, but sooner or later there's going to be some time that opens up where I could actually take a whole year to work on a movie," he added.

Vin - who was born Mark Vincent - will reprise his role as Riddick for the third time, and is returning to the role of Xander Cage in the sequel to 2002's XXX. He found fame after Steven Spielberg created the role of Private Adrian Caparzo in his World War Two movie Saving Private Ryan especially for him.

Yet despite his box office success, the actor admitted: "I do feel a little heavy weight-ish in Hollywood, but I guess I don't think about that. I always feel like I'm at the mercy of my audience."

:: Fast & Furious 6 is in cinemas now.

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