What is Vin Diesel up to? Last movie I saw him in was “The Pacifier.”
—Wendy Menter, Chetek, Wis.
Vin Diesel has had several films in theaters since 2005’s “The Pacifier.” Most recently it was “Fast & Furious 6,” which opened over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and already “Fast & Furious 7” is in the works.
“When we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn’t have enough space,” Diesel said. “When we started mapping out all [the relationships between the characters], it just went beyond 110 pages. The studio said, ‘You can’t fit all that story in one damn movie!’”
Even as number seven is in the works, the 45-year-old native New Yorker returns to the screen this September in another successful film franchise when “Riddick,” the third installment of the sci-fi series hits theaters.
“It has been nine years since ‘The Chronicles of Riddick’ was released. All along I knew I would eventually have to return to that dark place, the mind of an Alpha Furyan,” says Diesel, who created the role of Richard B. Riddick in 2000 for “Pitch Black.”
His other films since “The Pacifier” include “Fast Five,” “Fast & Furious,” “Babylon A.D.,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” and “Find Me Guilty.”
In addition, Diesel, who was a big fan of “Dungeons and Dragons,” founded Tigon Studios, a game production company that develops games based on Diesel’s movies, such as “The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay,” “The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena” and “Wheelman.”
Also, Diesel became a father in 2008 when his girlfriend Paloma Jimenez gave birth to their daughter.