The Fast and the Furious Five.


All of us can remember people who who changed us forever. I’m talking about those individuals whose advice gave us needed direction when our lives came to diverging paths. There, we had to make a choice about what we’d do, and, though we didn’t know it then, that decision would affect the rest of our existences. They’re the people without whom our personal stories would be pale, unremarkable versions of the glorious ones we ultimately chose, and now inhabit.

vin-diesel-picture-1Well, I don’t who this person was in the case of young Mark Vincent, above. However, I do know that the mature Vin Diesel, right, and the world, are eternally grateful for three specific bits of counsel he accepted:

1) “Mark Vincent…I dunno. Vincent…Vincent…um…Vin? Don’t you think “Vin” would be catchier?

2) “Lose the ‘fro.”

3) “STOP BREAKDANCING. You have no talent, or flava, whatsoever.”

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#1 Sam-I-Am on 08.25.09 at 11:39 pm

BWAAA HAAA HAAA – who knew )))you knew((( Too funny Brotha HA! {o_O}

#2 kent williams on 08.26.09 at 5:43 pm

Oddly enough, he was also a ‘rapper’ and was paired with Arthur Russell* as a producer… I’m thinking that it’s best for all concerned that nothing really came of this union.

*Producer of seminal disco classics like “Is It All Over My Face,” “Go Bang,” Artistic director for the Kitchen in NYC, rediscovered icon of experimental music in recent years…

#3 Black Oldegold on 08.26.09 at 6:03 pm

Wow, this is classic. Well, it could have been worse (i.e. Carolton Banks…)

#4 valschillin on 09.02.09 at 1:11 am

Thanks for destroying the sexy in Vin Diesel…lol

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