Vin Diesel Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

26th January 2017

Tweet: "Better late than never haha. I am new to twitter but I hope this will clear up some of the confusion regarding fake accounts. These are my only social media accounts period." Vin Diesel opens a Twitter account in a bid to protect his identity on social media.

6th November 2016

Fact: The second trailer for Vin Diesel's new movie, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, has surpassed more than 100 million views in just two days. The third film in the xXx saga also stars Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev and Samuel L. Jackson, and is slated for release on 20 January (17).

31st July 2016

Fact: Vin Diesel has reached a Facebook milestone, surpassing more than 100 million likes on his social media page. The Fast and Furious star joined the site on 1 April, 2009, and has become wildly popular among his millions of fans. The father-of-three recently debuted the first trailer for xXx: Return of Xander Cage on Facebook, which broke a viewing record for studio Paramount Pictures.

11th October 2015

Quote: "2014 was a tough year for me in some ways - a lot of ways. Playing a character that was masking his sorrow - his loss - was very appropriate for the time, because that's what I was doing in real life with the post-Furious 7." Actor Vin Diesel found portraying immortal character Kaulder in The Last Witch Hunter to be therapeutic as he dealt with the tragic loss of Paul Walker.

27th August 2015

Fact: Director James Gunn has confirmed Vin Diesel will reprise his role as talking tree Groot in the upcoming sequel to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit cinemas in May, 2017.

26th April 2015

Fact: FURIOUS 7 has raced past FROZEN to become the fifth highest-grossing movie of all-time after raking in $1.32 billion in global earnings since its release four weeks ago. Frozen now slips to sixth on the countdown with $1.27 billion. The latest instalment in Vin Diesel's Fast & Furious franchise is expected to climb further up the list and overtake Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which made $1.34 billion in 2011, as it continues to prove popular with cinema-goers. Avatar leads the all-time list with just under $2.8 billion, followed by Titanic and The Avengers.

2nd April 2015

Quote: "The person that always reminds me that I threw him out of the club is my friend Busta Rhymes. I can't go to a party without him saying, 'He threw me out of a club!'" Actor Vin Diesel was forced to remove the rapper during the Fast & Furious star's early days working as a nightclub bouncer in New York City.

2nd April 2015

Quote: "In the delivery room two weeks ago, within an hour of this little angel being born, my 6 year old (daughter) had come into the room, and without a word, she started singing Louis Armstrong - 'I see trees of green.'" Actor Vin Diesel was moved when his young daughter welcomed her new baby sister Pauline with a sweet serenade of Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World. The Fast & Furious actor announced the news of his new baby by posting a photo of little Pauline on Facebook last month (Mar15), along with the lyrics of the classic song.

1st April 2015

Quote: "He said, 'I want another XXX...!' I think we're making another one." Vin Diesel confirms he's in talks to make another XXX movie after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg asked him if he'd ever return to the big screen as Xander Cage.

31st March 2015

Quote: "For Fast & Furious 6, we destroyed 205 (cars). I think we destroyed close to 250 (this time)." Vin Diesel on the tally of smashed cars in his action film franchise.

31st March 2015

Quote: "It definitely crossed my mind. Why April 1st?" Vin Diesel on his hand and footprint ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard on April Fool's Day (01Apr15).

25th March 2015

Quote: "Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie. It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever... There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing." Vin Diesel is confident the latest FAST & FURIOUS movie will be a big hit among film critics.

5th February 2015

Fact: Actor Vin Diesel had mixed emotions as he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (04Feb15), because the Universal Studios Hollywood lot in Los Angeles, where the chat show host is presenting his programme for a week, was where he first met his Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker over a decade ago. He told the host, "The first time I ever met Paul Walker was in this room. We were doing a read through for the first Fast & Furious." His pal was killed in a car crash in California in 2013.

19th November 2014

Quote: "Paul loved Vin (Diesel), I don't think Vin realised how highly Paul thought of him. He would say, 'Don't tell him, don't tell him!'" Paul Walker's dad reveals his late son admired his Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel, but would never tell him to his face.

20th August 2014

Fact: Vin Diesel has nominated Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie and Russian leader Vladimir Putin to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after dunking a bucket of freezing water over his head while standing on the back of a truck on Tuesday (19Aug14). Diesel has joined a host celebrities who have taken the challenge and nominated famous friends to follow their lead to raise awareness about the disease.

1st August 2014

Quote: "There's an old actor's legend in New York where people talk about how Robert De Niro... wouldn't know his character until he found his shoes... So I was thinking of a way to become this flora colossus, this seven-and-a-half foot... tree... I got these jumping stilts that made me seven-and-a-half feet tall and I would wear them into the recording booth and for some reason, my body composition started to feel kind of like a tree." Actor Vin Diesel on using stilts to help him get into character as Groot in the new Guardians Of The Galaxy film.

22nd July 2014

Fact: Vin Diesel got into character as his tall, tree-like Groot character in new movie Guardians of the Galaxy by spending a day walking around on stilts.

14th July 2014

Fact: British actress Rose Leslie is set to bounce back from her grisly death on Game Of Thrones to star alongside Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter. The Scottish star will play a witch and Diesel's potential love interest in the project. Filming is scheduled to start in August (14).

20th May 2014

Quote: "It was very personal. It was the month after the accident happened with my brother Paul Walker and it was the first time I had worked since. Although it was challenging, just to get back to work was therapeutic - especially as Groot. There was an innocence about the character that was just refreshing." Vin Diesel tells The Hollywood Reporter that working on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy helped him recover from the death of his Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker last year (Nov13).

21st April 2014

Quote: "After spending time with his biological brothers, I must say to the parents, you raised some great kids." Actor Vin Diesel is full of praise for Paul Walker's family after working with his siblings Caleb and Cody to help complete filming on the late actor's scenes in Fast & Furious 7.

25th November 2013

Fact: Rob Cohen, the action man behind Vin Diesel's hit blockbusters Xxx and The Fast & The Furious, has signed on to remake cult 1989 movie Road House, according to reports. The original starred Patrick Swayze as a bouncer attempting to clean up a corrupt small town, run by a businessman played by Ben Gazzara.

4th September 2013

Fact: Movie star Vin Diesel halted his appearance on U.S. late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (03Sep13) to pray for the health of ailing former South African leader Nelson Mandela. The action man, who shares the same birthday as Mandela, urged host Jimmy Kimmel and his studio audience to stay silent for a few seconds and think about the civil rights icon.

4th September 2013

Quote: "It was very important to get that reclusive nature about the character before shooting the movie." Vin Diesel on spending four months researching his character in new movie Riddick alone in the woods.

17th June 2013

Fact: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker's Fast & Furious 6 has become the most successful film in the action franchise to date with a massive $636.9 million (£410.9 million) gross worldwide. Their last sequel, 2011's Fast Five, earned $628 million (£405.2 million) globally.

24th May 2013

Quote: "It was such a coup to be able to do that quintessential race scene at Piccadilly Circus in London, while the Olympics were going on, but some places that we have in the future... There is this amazing sequence that takes place on the (Great) Wall of China... My producing partner will find a way to get those cars up there." Vin Diesel has already started planning fast-paced stunts for the next Fast and the Furious movie. The franchise's sixth film is released this weekend (beg24May13).

16th February 2013

Fact: Vin Diesel gave his fans and friends an odd Valentine's Day (14Feb13) gift - he posted a video of himself singing along to Rihanna's Stay promo on his page.

12th May 2011

Quote: "As I'm leaving the house, she takes my hand, pulls me down to the ground and says, 'You are my life.' I do not want to get on the plane." Vin Diesel hates leaving his three-year-old daughter Hania behind when he's shooting films on location.

11th April 2011

Quote: "I stopped smoking cigarettes because of Facebook. Back when I only had, like, 100,000 friends, my girlfriend said if I got more fans than Barack Obama I had to quit smoking. I had six million by January 2010." Hollywood hardman Vin Diesel quit smoking because of his popularity on the social networking site.

6th April 2011

Quote: "With age, you get to a place where you don't want to knock people out. You just want to give people a hug." Vin Diesel on growing older.

3rd April 2011

Fact: Vin Diesel will always have fond memories of his first appearance on America's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - because he was handed a $1 million (£625,000) bonus from Universal executives for his work on the first Fast & The Furious movie backstage. He bought his mother a house with the cheque. Diesel returned to the show on Friday (01Apr11) to promote the fifth installment of the film franchise.

5th February 2010

Fact: Vin Diesel's One Race Foundation is raising funds to provide baby formula for the earthquake survivors of Haiti.

9th April 2009

Quote: "I almost have to make sure I don't get too soft because I'm more 'goo goo, ga ga,' now than 'grr'." Hollywood action man Vin Diesel fears losing his hardman image now he has become a dad.

3rd April 2009

Quote: "I got a lot of flack for not going back to the second and third one. I felt like it should be a continuation of story, as opposed to rehashing something and selling the brand." FAST & FURIOUS star Vin Diesel on why he held off from starring in the series' sequels for eight years before he was offered the role of producer.

2nd April 2009

Quote: "Vin wanted $100 million and a private jet." Paul Walker jokes about what it took to bring Vin Diesel back to THE FAST & THE FURIOUS film franchise.

1st October 2008

Fact: Vin Diesel's new baby daughter is called Hania Riley. The tot was born in June (08) but the action star and his girlfriend Paloma Jimenez have only just announced her name.

28th August 2008

Quote: "You ain't a man until you have a little girl." Vin Diesel loves his role as a new dad.

20th August 2008

Quote: "Right now we're basically doing training drills, so I have her with me while I'm jogging two hours in the morning and skipping rope." Action man Vin Diesel loves making his two-month-old daughter a part of his work-outs.

11th December 2007

Fact: System Of A Down star SHAVO ODADJIAN and Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA are to collaborate on the score for Vin Diesel's new action film BABYLON A.D.

22nd March 2006

Quote: "I ate a quart of ice cream every day and I stopped working out." Actor Vin Diesel on how he gained 35 pounds (16 kilograms) for his latest role playing mobster GIACOMO 'FAT JACK' DINORSCIO in FIND ME GUILTY.

16th March 2006

Fact: Actor Vin Diesel has a twin brother, Paul Vincent, who is a film editor in Hollywood.

27th February 2006

Quote: <p>"When I went out for roles, they'd say 'What are you?' I'd just say, 'Me? I'm human." Vin Diesel on his bi-racial background. </p>

21st October 2005

Fact: <p>Vin Diesel is set to star in and produce a movie adaptation of videogame HITMAN. He'll play the lead character - a mysterious assassin, known as AGENT 47. </p>

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