ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

It's unimaginable what our lives would be like without Vin Diesel, the muscle man with a heart of gold — whose Facebook is arguably the best social media outlet out there — and of course, is also the talented actor at the core of the Fast & Furious family:

Today, Vin is one of the most beloved entertainers in Hollywood, which makes it all the harder to believe that he almost didn't get his big break at all. In fact, it was his stint with petty crime that helped him get to where he is today.

As the story goes, back when he was just a 7-year-old going by the name of Mark Sinclair, together with his brother and some friends, he broke into New York's Greenwich Village theater to vandalize it. However, the boys were caught by the artistic director, Crystal Field, who happened to be there at the time.

Vin Diesel as a kid, and now
Vin Diesel as a kid, and now

Bizarrely, instead of calling the police, she confronted them and offered the young hooligans roles in the upcoming children's play Dinosaur Door. They were handed a script on the spot and given $20 each on the condition that they rehearse every day!

Over the next few years, Vin remained very involved with the theater and his passion for acting led him to go on to attend New York's Hunter College, where he also got really into screen writing.

Vin Diesel as a teen
Vin Diesel as a teen

By 1997, he had written, starred in, and directed in his first feature-length film called Strays, in which he played a gang leader — here's the trailer:

Today, he is one of the highest paid actors in the industry and it's simply incredible to think how far our Vinny D has come. Isn't it funny that what appeared to be a bad adolescent decision at the time coincidentally turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him?



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