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  • 01.19.17

#ThrowbackThursday To Vin Diesel’s Indie Days Before “XXX: Return Of Xander Cage”

Vin Diesel starred in and directed a pretty moving short film back in 1995–and to be perfectly honest, we need more of this from him.

#ThrowbackThursday To Vin Diesel’s Indie Days Before “XXX: Return Of Xander Cage”

Vin Diesel has solidified his lane in Hollywood as the swole badass in mega franchises like Fast & Furious, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Chronicles of Riddick, and, most recently, the third installment of xXx.

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But it’s worth digging around in the closet of yesteryear to unearth the days of Diesel when he had ambitions of being a director and was able to show a softer side in his acting. Diesel’s 1995 short film Multi-Facial tells the story of Mike, a struggling actor whose ethnic ambiguity becomes a constant hindrance in booking jobs. It’s a surprisingly touching short that will give you a jab straight in the feels, particularly during his final monologue. It’s no surprise that Multi-Facial screened at both Sundance and Cannes to overall acclaim. What is surprising is why Diesel doesn’t director or star in more roles like this.

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