There’s no question that Riddick is one of the biggest bad asses in the galaxy, but Riddick’s portrayer, Vin Diesel, recently proved that he’s capable of making some real gutsy, and risky moves too. For the latest adventure of the killer that can see in the dark, Riddick, Diesel believed so passionately in the project that he leveraged his own house in order to get the money for the movie.
Diesel told this story to The Hollywood Reporter, saying that no sacrifice was apparently too great for the actor to get the third Riddick entry rolling nearly a decade after the release of The Chronicles of Riddick. Considering the ungodly sums of money spent on some films that are pure corporate products, it’s kind of sad that a genuine passion project with the dedication of well-known actor and a filmmaker has to go to the bank for a loan, but it’s heartening to know that that passion’s still tapped in Hollywood.
Here’s what Diesel had to say:
Since it was his passion project, Diesel was dedicated to making the film happen at all costs. “I had to leverage my house,” Diesel said. “If we didn’t finish the film, I would be homeless.”
Of course, Diesel wasn’t assuming much in the way of risk considering he earned a $15 million payday for Fast & Furious 6. I have a feeling he could of at least settled for a studio apartment if things fell through.
Riddick is in theaters everywhere next Friday.