Back in the day when the name of Vin Diesel wasn’t synonymous with big action, big budget movies like the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, he was just another (perhaps handsomer) actor looking to get his big break.
Fans probably know this already, but that didn’t happen until he wrote, directed and starred in a 20-minute film called “Multi-Facial,” which you can see in full embedded here.
It was shot in just 3 days on a budget of $3,000 (€2,308), and documents Vin’s struggle to land parts because of his ethnicity: he’s not black enough to play a black guy, he’s not white enough for white roles and he can’t speak Spanish, though he could pull it off as a Latino.
The film premiered in Cannes in 1995 and drew enough attention from the media to get Steven Spielberg interested in this young man who could get into so many characters in such a convincing fashion.
He cast him in “Saving Private Ryan” and, as they say, the rest is history.