Many people consider Vin Diesel to be a one note actor. He plays a very similar character throughout most of his movies and audiences can almost always guess what he will be wearing: jeans, a shirt that flaunts his physique, a face that is clean cut and smooth, and a bald scalp. Sunglasses are optional. In his newest role in The Last Witch Hunter, Vin is giving his fans something a bit different – a much scragglier Diesel.
Those who follow Diesel on social media know just how much he loves to keep his legions of fans up to date on the latest developments throughout all of his roles. Yesterday, he continued with this trend by posting the first picture of him in full costume for Witch Hunter.
This rough look is a severe departure from the man that millions swoon over anytime he takes the screen but this is a great thing! Even though the haters out there contend that Diesel has no range, the fact is the man tries to do what he can to stretch those acting muscles and a departure from his usual look generally means good things. For instance, he sported a full goatee in 2003’s A Man Apart. Believe it or not, Diesel was able to channel that facial hair into a very different performance for him. The scene in which he discovers his wife is dead was a good example of what Diesel can do when he has a bit of hair on his face.
Another example of a Diesel performance that was somehow made better by hair was 2006’s Find Me Guilty. The entire role was a switch for Diesel, who played a mobster that was more than a bit of a joke to his associates and colleagues. As real life mobster Jackie DiNorscio, who notoriously defended himself against RICO charges back in the late 80’s, Diesel was able to provide a performance that was a complete 360 from his usual turn as a tough guy. Seriously, if you are a Diesel fan and haven’t seen this one yet, you need to give it a try.
The correlation between sporting different looks when accepting challenging roles can’t be ignored, so hopefully The Last Witch Hunter will wind up continuing the trend. After all, The Last Witch Hunter is already set to be a very entertaining movie. It centers around an immortal witch hunter (Kaulder?) who has been good at his job for centuries. In true blockbuster fashion, a plot to destroy the world is discovered and it’s up to the witch hunter to put an end to the plan and take out the coven behind it. The movie is being directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies) from a script by Cory Goodman (Priest) and will co-star Elijah Wood and Michael Caine, though there is no word as to who the veteran actors will be playing. Both The Crazies and Priest are dark movies that definitely have a style to them and it will be interesting to see what the filmmakers behind the scenes do here.
Vin Diesel is set to return to two of his most beloved franchises very soon with Fast & Furious 7 and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, and fans who love his usual look will likely help propel both movies to the top of the box office. Let’s hope that The Last Witch Hunter will be added to that list and that fans will give a hairy Diesel the support he needs to keep him searching for those roles that are outside of his usual wheelhouse. Honestly, those are generally his best roles, and if there truly is a connection between Diesel’s changes in looks and the talent he displays in the movies he changes for, The Last Witch Hunter will be a wonderful display of his skills.