Vin Diesel directed his first feature in 1997 with Sundance entry "Strays," and now he says more feature filmmaking could be in his future.
Vin Diesel is one of the most recognizable and bankable actors in the world thanks to his involvement with the `Fast and Furious` franchise, but directing movies could be in the actor's future. Diesel already has filmmaking credits to his name as the director of the 1997 Sundance entry `Strays,` which he also wrote, produced, and starred in as a drug dealer looking to find a better life.
Prior to his 1997 feature directorial debut, Diesel helmed and starred in the 1995 short film `Multi-Facial,` which caught the eye of Steven Spielberg and led the director to cast Diesel in a supporting role in the 1998 war epic `Saving Private Ryan.` Diesel tells The National that Spielberg recently encouraged him to pick up the camera again.
`Speaking of Steven Spielberg, I saw him recently, and he had said to me, 'When I wrote the role for you in `Saving Private Ryan,` I was obviously employing the actor, but I was also secretly championing the director in you, and you have not directed enough. That is a crime of cinema and you must get back in the directing chair,'` Diesel says. `I haven't directed enough.`
Diesel says of never directing the epic, `I haven't done it yet. As much as I am grateful for the accomplishments, there are moments when I go 'God, you promised the universe, very specifically, the Hannibal Barca trilogy, and you haven't delivered it. You travelled all over the world.'`