Vin Diesel took Bloodshot role because of his son

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 March 2020
Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel

'Bloodshot' star Vin Diesel revealed he took on the role of the titular Valiant Comics superhero because of his son Vincent

Vin Diesel joined 'Bloodshot' because of his son.

The 52-year-old action star will play the Valiant Comics superhero – and his Marine alter ego Ray Garrison – in the upcoming blockbuster, and he revealed his boy Vincent played a big part in him taking on the role, as well as influencing his 'Guardians of the Galaxy' stint.

Speaking to Variety, he said: "My kid did it. This is the second time... The only two pre-existing characters I've ever played – and those of you who know my work, know it's Groot [in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'] and 'Bloodshot'.

"Both of them, in some way, I can attribute to my son."

Diesel is always determined to please his fans, and this week he admitted he is "begging" to promote 'F9' in China, despite the virus threat, which has seen the release of James Bond flick 'No Time To Die' pushed back from April until November.

He insisted: "I love to show up for the audience and for the fans because God knows how much they've showed up for me.

"I'm crazy. I'm begging Sony to let me go to China, even now. And you should see everyone's faces like, 'You're going alone, buddy!'"

The 'XXX: Return of Xander Cage' star admits that he "won't fault" anyone questioning the decision to release 'F9' in May, as planned, but he thinks Universal Pictures should stick to the schedule.

Meanwhile, the star also claimed he's looking at the situation in a similar manner to his titular character in 'Bloodshot', which sees him play a soldier brought back to life with the use of nanotechnology which give him superpowers.

He explained: "Let me put it to you this way: 'Bloodshot' is a soldier and a soldier doesn't decide or pick when or where he's deployed. We're going to go in."

Bloodshot

  • 3 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 49min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: David Wilson
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, Guy Pearce

Ray Garrison (Diesel) is slain by baddie Martin Axe (Kebbell) but then brought back to life with nanotechnology by Dr Harting (Pearce). Debut director Wilson is well aware how daft it all is and delivers a flashy, fast-paced action movie that never takes itself too seriously. Big, dumb fun.

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