Do I Smell an Oscar?… Nope, Just Transmission Fluid

By Mr. Atoz in Film, Smoking Bolts, Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel is a big tough guy whom I never, ever want to piss off, so let’s start by noting that he’s not the worst actor in the world. Of course, after that the compliments get a little hard to find. His career peaked with The Iron Giant, and since then his roles have run the gamut from Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick to Toretto in The Fast and the Furious. And that is one scrawny little gamut. This would be okay if Diesel could just relax and accept his fate—making gobs of money producing highly marketable swill for the mouth-breathers down at the local strip mall isn’t exactly a life sentence to Devil’s Island. Unfortunately, the man’s reach exceeds his grasp. According to this interview, Diesel thinks the F&F franchise is genuine art that captures the hopes and dreams of simple, working-class people. Or something like that. And he seems to think that one day the Academy is going to wake up and smell the lukewarm McDonalds coffee:

I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some Oscar talk around this. I don’t know, maybe I’m just biting off what some guy from Channel 7 thought,” he said with a chuckle. “But sooner or later, people are gonna say, ‘Wait a minute, just because they are for the working class doesn’t mean they’re not great.’”

It would be nice to report that Diesel is doing some hysterical deadpan comedy schtick here, which would greatly enhance my respect for the guy. Unfortunately, he seems to be completely serious. The only way Diesel is getting an Oscar is if he starts taking on a wider range of challenging roles, more like the ones at the start of his career. Hey, at least his F&F co-star The Rock was gutsy enough to star in The Tooth Fairy.


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