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Vin Diesel Teases A Role In This Non-Guardians Marvel Franchise

Vin DieselVin Diesel is not shy about letting the world know that he wants to be a part of a great many comic book movies. By many accounts, this is how he wound up with the role of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, by saying he was in a Marvel movie enough times that it magically became true. Now that it’s going to be a while before he’s in another Guardians film, he’s back to his usual ways, once again hinting that he could be involved in, or at least really wants to appear in Marvel’s upcoming Inhumans.

As usual, this latest tease comes from Diesel’s Facebook page, where he posted a picture of himself photoshopped over the words, “Are you Inhuman?” This isn’t the first time he’s pulled a similar stunt, as back in August he, once again via social media, posted a photo of Groot with the line, “I get the strange feeling that Marvel thinks I’m Inhuman.” And this was well before Marvel made that massive Phase 3 announcement that let the world know to expect an Inhumans movie on November 2, 2018.

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Vin Diesel Dances To Katy Perry And Beyonce And Announces More Riddick Movies

Vin Diesel is an amazing human animal. Not only is he a huge nerd—the man is a long-time Dungeons & Dragons player—who makes ridiculous action films, but he’s totally down with his fans, using social media to drop bits of news about his various projects. Of all the famous people out there, he looks like he’s enjoying it as much as anyone. Because he is a strange man, when Universal decided that they’re going to develop another Riddick movie, he just had to dance. And he filmed himself. And posted it on the Internet. And in the middle he stopped to announce the news to his Facebook followers. And then danced some more. The whole video goes on for seven-and-a-half minutes.

It’s a well known fact how much Diesel loves playing the space badass. Last summer’s Riddick, the third in the so-called “Furyan Chronicles,” was a labor of love that almost didn’t happen. After the second film, the bloated Chronicles of Riddick, tanked in epic fashion, it looked like we wouldn’t get any more. Diesel and director David Twohy, however, weren’t deterred by failure. They got funding, lost funding, found more, Diesel put up his own house as collateral at one point, and somehow, someway, they cobbled together a movie almost ten years after the previous entry.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vin Diesel Hugs His Groot

Vin Diesel GrootWith the amount of Guardians of the Galaxy stuff we’ve written about today, and in recent days, you’d expect that the movie is damn near right on top of us, not hanging out, waiting for its August 1, 2014 release date. Well, Vin Diesel, always a friend of the fan, has taken it upon himself to give those of us eagerly awaiting news of Marvel’s deep space adventure. The beefy Fast and Furious star has once again taken to his Facebook page to unveil a photo of Groot, his seven-foot-tall, tree-like alien alter ego from writer/director James Gunn’s upcoming film. And it’s pretty damn cute, they look like old bros.

Groot began his comic book life as a villain, but in the mid-2000s was re-imagined as a good guy, with a noble spirit, nice heart, and all that. He originally wanted to kidnap humans and experiment on them. Despite a genius level intellect, he only says one thing, “I am Groot,” with various tones and inflections to give his words specific meaning in specific circumstances.

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Vin Diesel Did The Tokyo Drift Cameo In Exchange For The Riddick Rights

Vin Diesel in Tokyo DriftToday is the day we finally see the release of Riddick. The third live-action movie in the Riddick film series has been in development limbo since the release of The Chronicles of Riddick in 2004. While Vin Diesel has the star power now to appear in any action movie franchise he wants, the character of Richard B. Riddick is dear to the 46-year-old’s heart. So why did it take nine years to release the sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick?

While there are many obstacles in movie-making, the biggest one for the Riddick series was obtaining the film rights. In 2000, Pitch Black was a box office hit with its breakout star Riddick getting a spinoff movie. In 2004, Chronicles didn’t perform as well as Universal Studios would have liked. It only grossed $115.7 million worldwide against a production budget of $105 million. The studio wasn’t itching to make a third movie, so they placed the property on their dead franchises pile. Until, that is, another one of Universal’s franchises was looking for a jump-start.

According to THR, Universal Studios wanted the third entry in the series, 2006’s Tokyo Drift, to be a fresh start for the franchise. Director Justin Lin took the Fast & Furious movies in a new and exciting direction after the abysmal 2 Fast 2 Furious. Universal wanted Vin Diesel to make a cameo appearance in the Tokyo-set film, with the promise to star in more Fast/Furious movies. Diesel agreed, but waived his acting fee in exchange for the film rights to Riddick.

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