Diesel Preparing For Hannibal

Hollywood hardman VIN DIESEL is preparing to star and direct a biopic of ancient warrior HANNIBAL - and he's been taking advice from MEL GIBSON on how to get his project into production.

The PITCH BLACK heart-throb has already undergone training to ride an Elephant - the animal Hannibal used to cross the Alps - to prepare himself for the demanding role.

And Gibson has passed on the knowledge he gained making BRAVEHEART - a film Hollywood studios were initially reluctant to finance - to help Diesel realise his dream.

Diesel tells EMPIRE magazine, "I've been location scouting. I've been elephant-training, I've had a four hour dinner with Mel Gibson, talking about Braveheart, to get prepped for this thing.

"Braveheart was another film no-one wanted to make - imagine going to a studio and saying, 'I want to do this $70 million movie about a guy running around in a skirt for three hours.'"

14/06/2005 09:21

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At first, I thought that Vin Diesel was just another good-looking hardbody, someone who was going to make a few films, get rich and be outta here. Then I read some of his interviews and watched his movies. I discovered, wow, this guy's smart, talented (though capable of even more), is ultra-creative, honest, he's got a huge heart, a LOT of class, is hard working, has vision and drive and is firmly grounded in what he wants to become (and I would love to work with him!). Anyone who struggles, as many of us creative types do, can learn a lot from him (even myself as a woman)! He has struggled hard to get where he is and is a good role model for all of us. He has never given up, never given in, despite all the doors that have been shut in his face. He is one person who will achieve his dreams, and that is worth admiring and emulating!
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Well Said!!!!!
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