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Vin Diesel Says This Oscar-Winning Director is Urging Him to Direct More

Vin Diesel Says This Oscar-Winning Director is Urging Him to Direct More

It sounds like Vin Diesel will be getting behind the camera as a director more often!

During a recent interview, the 52-year-old actor revealed that Steven Spielberg recently urged him to direct more movies.

“Speaking of Steven Spielberg, I saw him recently, and he had said to me, ‘When I wrote the role for you in Saving Private Ryan, I was obviously employing the actor, but I was also secretly championing the director in you, and you have not directed enough. That is a crime of cinema and you must get back in the directing chair.’” Vin shared with The National. “I haven’t directed enough.”

If you didn’t know, Vin directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the 1997 movie Strays, where he played a drug dealer looking for a better life.

Before that, Vin directed starred in the 1995 short film Multi-Facial, which lead Steven to cast him Saving Private Ryan.

Later on in the interview, Vin says he hopes to direct a film about Hannibal Barca, the military general from Carthage who fought the Romans during the Second Punic War around 200 BC.

“I haven’t done it yet,” Vin added. “As much as I am grateful for the accomplishments, there are moments when I go ‘God, you promised the universe, very specifically, the Hannibal Barca trilogy, and you haven’t delivered it. You traveled all over the world.’”

If you missed it, Vin Diesel also recently revealed he’s recording an album!

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