Date: 20th September 2001
Hollywood's newest hardman VIN DIESEL is happy to stick to playing bad boys on screen, insisting he has no desire to be an action hero like BRUCE WILLIS or PIERCE BROSNAN. The actor admits he's flattered by those who believe he's got what it takes to be a movie good guy, but he'd rather be a villain.
He says, " I've heard a lot of people say that I'm going to be the next action hero. Well, that's incredibly flattering, but honestly I don't approach an action film any different than I would something like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998). If I'm going to be the next action hero, don't think for a moment I'm going to disregard the acting and think that the action can take over.
The acting is what I need to do. Hopefully, people see that in the work. Hopefully, you're being entertained by the character. We don't learn anything from the whitewashed heroes. We learn from the imperfect. You learn more from guys like ROBERT DE NIRO in RAGING BULL (1980) than you do from JAMES BOND. " (RP/WNWCGG)