Vin Diesel has a reputation for lunkhead roles in action blockbusters — and his name doesn't exactly help matters — but the New York-born star has slowly built a reputation for himself and made it clear that more than anything, he just wants a shot to be taken seriously. Diesel got his foot in the door after he had dropped out of college and was struggling to get parts in Hollywood. He created an autobiographic film called Multi-Facial in 1994 that touched upon his experiences with casting agents and being biracial.
The short is somewhat on the nose, but has its clever moments. It cost the would-be filmmaker $3,000 to make (in three days) and was accepted into the 1995 Cannes Film Festival where it was well received. The buzz fueled him to raise some money to direct his first major feature — 1997's Strays about a drug dealer and hustler (played by Diesel) who starts to search for meaning in his life. The success was modest, but Diesel's big moment came shortly after when Steven Spielberg contacted him, praising Multi-Facial. The director cast him in Saving Private Ryan in 1998 and the rest, as they say, is history. Check out Multi-Facial below, and let us know what you think.