15 Reasons Why You Should Love Vin Diesel More

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Ever since he gunned the engine and roared into our lives in the very first Fast and Furious movie, Vin Diesel has been a solid fixture in all of our hearts. It wasn't even his first role in a blockbuster film — maybe you're familiar with a little movie called Saving Private Ryan (1998), in which Diesel played Private Caparzo?

The Fast and the Furious (2001) was the first time Vin accelerated his way into our good graces, though. In his role as Dominic Toretto, Diesel earns viewers' allegiance as a thief. It's a lot harder to do than most people realize. Dom is the car-boosting ringleader the police are searching for during the first movie, but it's his love of family that puts audiences firmly on his side — and keeps them there through the rest of the franchise.

In real life, Diesel is also devoted to his friends and family. The death of his Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker in 2013 hit Diesel especially hard. The actor has said that his new movie, The Last Witch Hunter, helped him cope with Walker's death. It's touching to see an action star open up about his feelings in such an open and honest way.

That's just one of the many surprising things you discover when you start to explore the complexities of Vin Diesel. Most people may know him as a marquee movie star, but in reality, he puts the diesel in our engines for so many other reasons. Here are 15 of them. Vroom vroom.
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When you learned there are actually two of him.
Well, kind of. Vin Diesel (né Mark Sinclair Vincent) has a fraternal twin brother named Paul. Diesel shared this photo of his brother with the late Paul Walker on his Facebook page in March 2014. Paul Vincent is a film editor who also works in the sound department.
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He’s a massive Dungeons & Dragons fan.
Like, huge. Not only has he played D&D since childhood, he wrote the foreword to Thirty Years of Adventure: A celebration of Dungeons and Dragons (2004) — although Amazon incorrectly credits him with authorship of the entire tome. He also had a Dungeons & Dragons cake at his 48th birthday party. Here’s a photo.
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He's not afraid to show emotion.
Diesel likes to do this by singing dramatic songs with “Stay” in the title. See examples: this performance of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” in 2014, and this one of Rihanna’s “Stay” in 2013. He broke his “Stay” title streak to perform “See You Again” in memory of Paul Walker at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. Diesel also posted a video of himself on his Facebook page performing Tove Lo’s “Habits” as a tribute to Walker this past May.
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Everything about his Ice Bucket Challenge video (and what happened afterward).
Not only did Diesel take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the summer of 2014 (after being nominated by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn), he then proceeded to nominate First Lady Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, and Vladimir Putin. Oh, and then he posted this photo of himself in the shower, because why the hell not?
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He named his daughter Pauline after Paul Walker.
"There's no other person that I'm thinking about as I'm cutting this umbilical cord," Diesel told Natalie Morales on the Today show in March 2015. "I knew he was there and I felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my memory, a part of my world."
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He is Groot.
For some reason, Vin Diesel is the only person who can voice a character who says three (fine, four) words in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). He’s also the only person who can play Groot in other languages. Really, though, we are all Groot. Don’t even talk to me if this doesn’t make you the happiest person on the planet.
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He can break it down.
Let Vin Diesel teach you how to breakdance in these instructional videos he made in the ‘80s.
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When he shut down body-shamers.
Oh, you wanna fat-shame him, media? It’s still all love from Vinny, baby. And for all you journalists on The Last Witch Hunter press tour asking to see the dad bod, for shame. Let Vin put a six pack of Diesel straight in your engine.
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When this happened.
Diesel bounced into the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere on fucking stilts. Why? Because he is Groot.
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He's a beloved animated character.
Diesel is the voice of the titular character in The Iron Giant (1999), although we know how that movie ended. No, YOU'RE crying.
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He's not just the Iron Giant.
If this photo on his Facebook page is to be believed, Vin Diesel is actually larger than the Brooklyn Bridge. In the future, we hope this myth gets perpetuated. Vin Diesel is a giant among men and truly larger than life.
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Think he’s just an action film star?
Think again. In 1995, Diesel released a short film he wrote, directed, and starred in called Multi-Facial about the difficulty of landing roles due to his multiracial background. Steven Spielberg wrote Diesel a role in Saving Private Ryan after seeing Multi-Facial. Diesel also wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the 1997 movie Strays, which was made on such a limited budget that Diesel also handled the catering.
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He still puts those dancing skills to use.
In January 2014, Diesel posted a seven-and-a-half minute video of himself dancing to Katy Perry and Beyoncé songs on his Facebook page, which has almost a billion followers. Dancing to Katy Perry and Beyoncé? Vin Diesel is pretty much all of us.
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He loves posting inspirational Facebook memes.
Like this one. And this one. And these wise words from Mahatma Gandhi.
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Diesel is all about family.
And he really, truly believes that one of the films in The Fast and Furious canon will win an Oscar. Don’t stop believin’, Vin Diesel. Hold onto that feelin’.