Vin Diesel Talks Next Possible 'xXx' Installment, Bollywood Cinema

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Vin Diesel and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone in 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage'

The actor visited India for the premiere of 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage' which also stars Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone and opens in the country a week ahead of its U.S. release.

Vin Diesel visited Mumbai for the India premiere of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, which opened in the country Friday, a week ahead of its U.S. release.

The film's multicultural cast includes Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen, Bulgarian-Canadian actress Nina Dobrev and top Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, among others.

The film marks the return of Diesel's character, Xander Cage, after he was first introduced in the 2002 film xXx. The franchise also includes the 2005 sequel, xXX: State of the Union, toplined by Ice Cube, which didn't star Diesel.

At a press conference, Diesel said that the next xXx installment could start shooting this summer, though he's still waiting on official confirmation that that film is happening.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Diesel explained that he hoped to be able to sustain his xXx character and see what the future holds for him.

"One of the things I enjoy doing in Hollywood is creating sagas. I would equally enjoy watching where Xander's character will be, 15 years from now," Diesel said.

The actor recalled his early years when his stepfather, a theater director, “would have his friends over for dinner, and I heard stories about the various crafts of acting. But they never talked about what it's like to carry a character over multiple years or decades, and that for me has always been a challenge. That inspired me.”

Even in this film, he found himself exploring a character many years after he initially played him.

Diesel added, “That is what went into Xander's character, to know what world he lives in and who he would know 15 years after we first met him.”

When asked about what he thought of Bollywood, Diesel said, "Just that the people who make these movies want to make magic like everybody else. I am not the type of person who finds differences in things; I like to find similarities in things."

He drew parallels with his own career in that he started out in independent cinema, pointing out that the first film he acted in and directed, 1994's Multi-Facial, was made for $3,000 and ended up going to Cannes. That was followed by 1997's Strays, a $47,000 film that went to Sundance. Diesel was then cast in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan.

"What I learnt from that year 1997, 20 years ago, was that it doesn't matter whether you are making a $47,000 movie or a $100 million movie, you still are going to have the same passion," he said.

Padukone has starred in some major Bollywood hits, such as 2016's epic Bajirao Mastani and 2015's Piku, a film that Return of Xander Cage director DJ Caruso tells THR “shattered my misconceptions about Bollywood being escapist. Piku was like an Alexander Payne (The Descendants) movie.” In the film, Padukone plays the daughter of a grumpy man (Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan), a role for which she won various accolades.

Indian actors such as Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World) and the late Om Puri (The Hundred-Foot Journey) have been regularly seen in Hollywood projects, and now mainstream Bollywood actresses also have started to make inroads, such as Priyanka Chopra (Quantico). She will next make her Hollywood feature debut in the upcoming Baywatch reboot starring Dwayne Johnson.

Padukone's Hollywood debut came about after Caruso saw her audition for a Fast and Furious installment, "though she couldn't be part of that project due to scheduling issues. But I liked the chemistry between [Padukone and Diesel], which is why I cast her.”

As for Diesel making a possible foray into Bollywood, when asked, if given the chance, what kind of a role he would like to do, he said, "I'd do anything with Deepika Padukone in it!"

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