The XXX star gained weight to play chubby gangster JACK DiNORSCIO in Lumet's courtroom drama and he didn't complain once because it was a dream to work with the 12 ANGRY MEN director.
Diesel says, "When I went off to direct my short film (MULTIFACIAL) I read a book called MAKING MOVIES by Sidney Lumet and that was the book that I used to build the confidence to direct.
"Ten years later I come back and complete the masters programme with Sidney Lumet. It's amazing."
Diesel will be joining his peers on Sunday (27FEB05) in congratulating the director when he picks up a Lifetime Achievement Honorary Award at The Oscars.24/02/2005 21:37