Vin Diesel is set to reprise his role as intergalactic badass Riddick in the cleverly titled Riddick when it opens this weekend. It seemed improbable that we’d get a second sequel to cult favorite Pitch Black after 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick underperformed at the box office, but never count Diesel out. With the third film in the can, the actor is now ready to talk about the sacrifices he made to get this feature produced – and they may surprise you.
In a recent chat with Collider, Diesel reveals that a huge part of getting Riddick made came about because of his work in the Fast and the Furious franchise, particularly his cameo in Tokyo Drift. The actor states “You’re sitting on this set because I did a cameo in Tokyo Drift. We leveraged this cameo in Tokyo Drift so hard to reboot a franchise that was literally dying.”
While an actor taking a part to appease a studio and to curry favor for a future vanity project isn’t something new (although I’m glad it worked out this way – getting Diesel back into the Fast and Furious franchise was a smart move), this wasn’t the only thing the actor put up to get one of his dream projects off the ground.
To help fund the film, Diesel tells THR that he offered up his house as part of the guarantee – “I had to leverage my house. If we didn't finish the film, I would be homeless." Talk about having faith and wanting to get something done…
We’ll have to wait until Monday to see if all of Diesel’s moves paid off. Riddick will have little in the way off box office competition as we move into the fall movie season, but an R-rated action sci-fi film probably isn’t going to break records at the ticket counter. Will you be checking out Riddick this weekend or do you only hit the multiplex when Vin Diesel is driving recklessly?