Vin Diesel's Ambiguous Racial Derivation
Is Vin Diesel black? Is he white? Is he mocachino? Just what is he? After reading the Details Magazine cover story in the June/July issue I still haven't the faintest idea. Here's what they say:
"In real life, Diesel's father (technically his stepfather, who came into Diesel's life when he was 1, he has never met his biological father) was an actor and a director of some racial background, reputed to be African American. His mother was a strologer-psychologist, and in addition to his younger sister, he has one younger brother and a blonde blue eyed fraternal twin brother."
The article continues:
"The monologue at the end of (Vin Diesel's indie breakout film) Multi-Facial is something close to a manifesto. In it, Diesel describes going as a child to see his father play the lead in A Raisin in the Sun and thinking that everything his father said was related to him. After referring to a scene in which his father, playing a father, talks on stage about pride, he concludes: For years I thought he wanted me to act just like him, to be a black actor, like Danny Glover or Sidney Poitier or Morgan Freeman. Just like my dad. But I was never black enough. My dad died last year. And only then did I realize how ignorant I was ... My dad was a black actor. But he wanted me to go one step further. He wanted me to be an actor. Just an actor. That's what he meant when he said proud."
Okay: I still don't know what his race is but that overblown speech certainly qualifies him as a ham.
Ed. Note: Because of a meeting tommorrow, I won't be doing the blog. Sorry.